I mentioned in my last update that I had some new Arctic filming scheduled for this month. The plan was for me to join the RSS Sir David Attenborough (aka Boaty McBoatface) for its first ice trials north of Svalbard. This had to involve 10 days strict quarantine before going onboard the ship, 4 weeks of the voyage and ice trials, then 10 days quarantine on arrival in Norway before flying home.
However I've now been on the ship in Holyhead for nearly 3 weeks (following 10 days in quarantine in a deserted holiday camp outside the town!) and we're going nowhere fast. There is a problem with the life boats which may take another 3 weeks to fix but I cannot be away from proper paid work for any longer so have reluctantly decided I must bail out and head home. BAS have said I can rejoin when the ship finally does its ice trials later in the year but that will be the autumn at the earliest.
The past week has also seen another couple of pitches to broadcasters be rejected, so I have officially closed the crowdfunder and will now just make the short edit I've previously talked about, for social media distribution at COP26 in November.
For those people who were expecting their names in the credits on a proper broadcast documentary, I'm afraid you will have to make do with credits on just the short social media distributed version. I hope you will understand. I did give this my best shot and have now invested nearly £24k in the project for actual external costs (i.e.not including any of my time or Wildcat facilities). Of this £14k was from the Crowdfunder and £10k of my own savings.
I have each and every expenditure meticulously recorded and receipted and would be very happy to send a full account to any contributor who wanted to see where their money was spent.
The only donor to provide the £3k for a promotional video reward was Iain Stewart's Sustainable earth Institute. So for Iain I recently produced a short video to his words to promote his work for a greater understanding of geo-diversity. It's at https://vimeo.com/526006896and the password is sei and I'm sure he won't mind people viewing it though please do not share or download it.
- Anyway my thanks again to everyone who had faith in the project and the message that climate change in the Arctic is creating geopolitical dangers and as well environmental ones, will get out during COP26. I'm only sorry that I haven't been able to persuade the Netflix's and BBC's of this world that it is a story worth telling.
I'll do an update in November to give links to the eventual social media piece on geopolitics and climate change. And remember the current sizzle is at https://vimeo.com/485224901 and you are welcome to download and share this as much as you like!
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