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Joaquin Phoenix, Rosario Dawson and more urge action on climate change

Appearing in star-studded short film "Guardians of Life", they’re sending a powerful message about where environmental apathy might lead us.

As part of a collaboration between Extinction Rebellion and advocacy group Amazon Watch, the short film has been released ahead of the Oscars ceremony on 10 February and will go live globally on site “mobilize.earth”. Immersive and emotion-driven, “Guardians of Life” comments on the destruction of the Amazon and the impact this has upon Indigenous communities. 

Alongside Phoenix and Dawson, other featured familiar faces include: Full Metal Jacket’s Matthew Modine, Game of Thrones’ Oona Chaplin, Good Omens’ Adria Arjona, musician Albert Hammond Jr and Indigenous actress Q’orianka Kilcher. 

Speaking of the film, Phoenix said: “It’s really a call to action. I did it to raise awareness about the meat and dairy industry’s effect on climate change. The fact is we are clear cutting and burning rainforests and seeing the negative effects of those actions worldwide.”

“People don’t realize there’s still time, but only if we act now and make sweeping changes to our consumption,” he said. “We can’t wait for governments to solve these problems for us. We can’t wait until the election to try to make these changes. We have a personal responsibility to make changes in our own lives and act now.”

Stream “Guardians of Life” here.

6 February 2020