At the end of April, Earth Angel will wrap its 12th production. Over these past 12 productions we have diverted over 2,416 tons of waste from landfills and prevented 4,855 tons of CO2 emissions from being released into the atmosphere. We have trained and hired 14 Eco Production Assistants. We have avoided the use of over 560,000 plastic water bottles. We have donated 81 tons of food, wardrobe, set decoration, and props to local charities. We have organized two consecutive EARTH (angel) HOUR events in conjunction with World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour. We have sorted thousands of bags of waste. We have recognized dozens of crew members for their pro-environmental actions and educated hundreds about composting and recycling. We are overjoyed with the progress we have seen in a span of just a few years, and we are thrilled to be developing even more innovative strategies to expand our services.
But we want to do more. We want to donate more food, more clothes, more everything to shelters, to food pantries, to community centers, to people. We want to keep valuable resources out of the trash. We want the products our productions use to be sustainably sourced. We want to collaborate. We want to develop our methodologies and help others develop theirs. We want to support the work that other amazing companies and organizations are doing. Work that tries to address hugely overwhelming and seemingly intractable issues.
2,416 tons of waste and 4,855 tons of CO2 emissions are big numbers. But they should be bigger. And we’re working on that, but we can’t do it on our own. For us to be able to continue to open up the United States entertainment industry to the the environmental realities of the 21st century, we need political action. We need targeted legislation. We need grassroots advocates. We need people to speak up with their good ideas and speak out with the actions. We need moviegoers and TV streamers and cable subscribers to demand more from their media.
We want to make movies without making a mess, because we all deserve it.
We want to make more than movies, we want to make a difference.