"Operation Climate" was launched on 15 May 2015. A website in four languages accessible on all devices, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Vimeo, five mailboxes, a team of around 10 people and a single challenge: to gather videos from the four corners of Europe – from Norway to Turkey and from Portugal to Siberia, before 31 August. We asked you to film your favourite "slice" of nature, the places you would hate to see disappear because of climate disruption. Four months later, we have received over 800 videos from the 49 countries on the continent of Europe.
Our call for participation was picked up by numerous media, non-profit organisations and blogs. A big thanks to them all for believing in this idea. The project, relayed by computers and mobile phones, reached a growing number of Europeans. Whether gardeners, ramblers, anglers, high-school students, city dwellers, cyclists, retirees, farmers, aged 15 to 100 – you responded to our call. And even if some of you lacked the time or the means to make films, you encouraged us.
Throughout the spring and summer, we corresponded with hundreds of people, always on a cordial and sometimes very personal note. We shared your concerns – the war in Ukraine, a broken computer, the Greek referendum – and your joys. Some of you had never filmed anything before but discovered a new passion.
Our heartfelt thanks to all of you: Russians, Italians, Swedes, Bulgarians, French, Germans and all the others who shared their testimony with us. We are grateful for the time and effort you gave us, your unfailing graciousness whenever we asked you to change, delete, add, transcribe, start again, re-record your voice or find better quality formats.
Thanks to all of you, even the latecomers. You shared with us a Europe that is living, diverse and generous, full of magnificent and unknown natural beauties – in all your languages and in all your colours.
A presentation of your contributions, whether or not used for the film, will be posted on line. And we will be following with you, here, the organisation and unfolding of the climate summit (COP21) to be held in Paris at the end of the year.