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250 filmmakers in the petition: the Swedish film must begin to take the climate crisis seriously

Climate change is the greatest threat that humanity faced. Therefore, Sweden has introduced ambitious climate change goals. In regeringsförklaringen it says that there is a 1.5-gradersmålet must be reached and that klimatomställningen to permeate the policy.

It requires action on the part of all actors in society. In sector after sector and industry after industry call the business to become more sustainable. So far, however, this has not been the film industry.

The Swedish film industry boasts be happy with the artistic quality, something that is also characteristic of the filmpolitiska the debate, it applies, however, only the quality of the end result. Behind the white cloth is a production method where the zero is taken into account the environment and the climate. Time pressure in combination with tight budgets and a culture within the industry contributes to the resources used in an unsustainable way.

among the largest utsläppsposterna at the film production. One problem is that Swedish films are increasingly outsourced to other countries. Over the eastern states such as Lithuania, Hungary and the Czech republic are some of the nowadays popular filming locations.

the Reason for this is the so-called produktionsrabatterna, which makes it cheaper for the Swedish production company to record in other countries, despite the fact that the film's action takes place in Sweden.

in Addition to the emissions the team and the actors air travel contributes when production is located abroad are added to the emissions from dirty energy production because several over the eastern states gets its energy from oil, coal or gas, unlike Sweden, which is one of the countries with the highest proportion of renewable energy.

within the country, we also need to introduce produktionsrabatter. And to these discounts, to protect the environment in the best way they should in the first instance be addressed to the Swedish productions so that they are at home. For such a measure to get the full effect, however, it leads to fewer flights. Therefore, the routine use of internal flights in the Swedish films is questionable.

the Swedish Film institute the Swedish film's main financier. Despite the fact that their mandate comes from parliament are currently no environmental requirements on the productions it funds. To film to take on more climate - and environmental policy decision that steers towards more sustainable productions.

In the absence of policy guidelines, it is up to the production companies themselves to decide if they want to bet on more sustainable production methods. It is up to companies to decide how they plan and play their movies or tv series, and usually weighs short-term economic benefits outweigh environmental benefits.

and a number of other companies agreed on a green initiative that resulted in a certification for the uk film and tv industry. In other european countries, there are similar initiatives to measure and reduce the filmproduktioners carbon footprint, and in the united states, the american producers association, along with the major studios established the climate calculation as the custom. The Swedish film industry has been lagging behind in sustainable development. This required a change and it must happen now!

We are the actors, directors, screenwriters, producers, and other filmmakers who are tired of the unsustainable production methods in our industry.

We require that both the politicians as financiers and production companies to take their responsibilities and raise environmental issues in the Swedish film. About the Swedish film industry continues to ignore it as the rest of the world sees as a matter of course, threaten not only the climate but also the Swedish movie. Let us help to stave off the climate cataclysm instead of contribute to it. Let us change the industry.

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