Open source ethos
Our project comes from an open source mindset and a not-for profit perspective.
We embrace the ethics and principles of permaculture:
Care for the planet. Care for the people. Share the surplus.
We are part of the human family and we have a common problem. So, as humans who happen to be artists, we want to do what we can and be part of the solution
with the specific skills we have.
This is an open source project. There is no copyright or intellectual or artistic ownership for any of the video clips on this site. And we share the credit collectively among all those who have contributed.
The aim of Global Heartwarming is collective creativity for the higher good of everyone, especially future generations. So, if this project inspires others to do something similar, then YES! Our hope is that this work will generate an abundance of good sketches and ideas that turn into more videos and shows. Far more than the five videos we have made so far. We need more movies, more shows, more ads,
more poems, more jams, more songs, more of everything that is fun to be doing as members of the human race – and as people who are engaged to find solutions to a huge and common problem.
Have a look at the Comedy Buffet for ideas we have already come up with which we would like to share with anyone who agrees with the ethics of this project.
We have created the project on a voluntary basis, as an act of reciprocity
and gratitude to the planet.
We raised funds for our basic costs via a crowd-funding campaign. This allowed us to cover the production material expenses for the first five videos. (NZ$ 5,000).
Here is how that money was spent.
This site is hosted by www.greengeeks.com. For every unit of electricity used powering their servers they purchase three units of wind power.
During filming our catering was home cooked and vegetarian or vegan,
and organic whenever possible.
As far as we can we try to keep fossil fossil fuel consumption to a minimum.
However, making the videos did involve driving and even some flying. Our project fully embodies the contradiction and challenges of our times and of climate change,
so we certainly don’t claim us to be perfect. However, we try to keep our ecological footprint as low as possible. We encourage anyone who is inspired to use any ideas from our Comedy Buffet for further comedy projects to keep an eye on the sustainability of the process - for example to keep their productions locally based and to avoid flying large numbers of actors around the world!
Help us make more
We are open to suggestions and feedback on how to continue this project further.
We are looking to connect with ethically oriented business or organizations that are interested in supporting this project and help us to produce more videos.
If you’re interested in helping more of this kind of work to take place please get in touch via the Contact page. Thanks.
Global Heartwarming is a group of actors and film makers who have been making comedy in New Zealand about global warming. The idea originated with comedian and climate advocate Tejopala Rawls and theatre and clown maestro Giovanni Fusetti.
It's also you. If you want to make comedy about climate change please use this site as an open source resource by going to our COMEDY BUFFET.
Global Heartwarming is a site dedicated to spreading comedy about climate change.
In addition to being funny, comedy can be moving, poetic and even help us wake up to the need to take action.
Our aim is both to make comedy of this kind and to help spread ideas and inspiration for others to do so, and to do this without being preachy.
This year we are making five short video clips for use on social media in the lead-up to
the UN climate summit in Paris in December.
The idea of this site is to be completely open-source about comedy ideas for the climate. No one owns the ideas shared here.
They are free from copyright. We have made a start by uploading some of own ideas for comedy scripts that you may wish to use. Please do add your own in the Comedy Buffet page. You can also share ideas in our online forums.
And please do share our videos as they come out over the coming months! Thank you.
Climate change is the single biggest threat to life on Earth that we face.
The only way for this to be achieved is through drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions starting now. We can still avoid really bad climate change. But the hour is very late if we are going to do it.
This year may well be the make-or-break year for a meaningful action on climate change. In December the world’s leaders will meet to try to come to an agreement how to address the issue. It could well be the last time that all world leaders will be together soon enough do what is needed. All major environmental organisations are putting their efforts behind this. The USA, India and China are all making the right kinds of noises at the same time for the first time ever. Pope Francis has just issued an encyclical to all 400,000 Catholic priests to take action. It is the number one priority for UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
So we are making five short comedy videos that can be used by environmental campaigning organisations during the lead-up to the negotiations. And we are inviting you to help make more comedy by checking out our COMEDY BUFFET.
As we all know, climate change is a very serious issue.
But does talking about it have to be dramatic?
Good comedy can reach beyond belief systems, political affiliation and even personal opinions. So, why not be open to the possibility that comedy might also be a way to address this gigantic problem?
When we laugh we are all equal and that is a feeling, a physical experience, not a debate.
We want to make people laugh and open more space for feelings.
We think comedy can help us all to embrace the paradox of human nature. We are a strange species:
we can do real bad but also real good. We apply absurd and abusive economic principles to our society yet we care for our beloved by practising sharing, caring and reciprocity on a daily basis. We care for our veggie garden and lawns yet we deforest entire regions of the planet. These paradoxes are funny.
If we can feel them and laugh about them, we might find new and creative solutions. We have been making videos that we hope you'll find funny, moving, poetic and on-message, but which avoid being preachy.
They will be one of the means by which pressure for action is applied. We hope they will trigger both humour and compassion.
We need take care of the Earth with ecological wisdom and compassionate activism: we need to warm each other’s heart,
not the planet.
As theatre artists passionate about comedy we usually work with a live audience. We love the vitality and unpredictability of live events.
But the urgency and gravity of global warming have triggered in us the desire to do something about it and reach as wide an audience as possible. These days nearly everyone is online,
so we decided to use the medium of video put our work out there on the web.
Global warming is part of a wider problem: the degradation of life-supporting ecosystems,due to the current model of civilization. The internet is
therefore a paradoxical technology: as much as it can be a truly planetary network of communication and awareness it can also be an escape from reality. If cyberspace replaces the real space, if virtual reality replaces living ecosystems,
we are in serious trouble.
So this is time for business as unusual: using technology to inspire each other to take care of living systems: the Earth is the our
Real Reality and it needs care. Now.
care for the people
share the surplus
care for our planet