Whoopi Goldberg voices an animated short film on climate change

Yvonne O'Halloran

American TV personality and celebrity Whoopi Goldberg has teamed up with a climate action group called Extinction Rebellion and created an animated short film about climate change.

Goldberg’s voice is of the grandmother who is reading a bedtime story to her grandchild in the year 2050, who is voiced by Livia Nelson. The short film was released earlier this month to mark World Environment Day. 

George Lewin co-directed the short film with Nicola Jane Francis. Lewin said they always wanted Goldberg as the narrator of the short due to her “iconic voice”, but were surprised when she immediately accepted the offer.

“She is outspoken on environmental issues and had the potential to inspire many of her followers to take action. So we sent the script to her agent, and she came back quickly saying ‘I’m in.We couldn’t believe it,” he said.

The short film ends with a powerful message:

“On our current path, by 2050, up to 1 billion people will be displaced and almost half of all species on Earth will be extinct. This doesn’t have to be our future. You can make a difference by taking action today”.

Viewers are asked to visit the Gigantic Change website. Actions that are recommended on the site include to put pressure on their government to implement change. Individual changes are also encouraged such as taking a train instead of a plane, walking or cycling instead of driving a car and switching to a plant-based diet.

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