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Simon Baker on the Climate Crisis

"As we speak, there [are] fires burning and a lot of fires burning out of control in parts of Australia." Simon Baker, star of "The Mentalist" and "The Guardian," spoke with Brut about the fires ravaging Australia and the effects of the climate crisis at the Festival International du Film de Marrakech.

Still Australian at heart after living in Los Angeles for so long

Simon Baker, award-winning actor and director, has an important message for all Australians on the future of our Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is in crisis. Since early 2016, nearly half of its corals have died due to heat stress caused by global warming, mainly driven by burning coal according to the Marine Conservation Organization. Having recently released his directorial debut Breath, Simon Baker became a kind of student of cinema at the Marrakech International Film Festival, taking in as many films and masterclasses as he could to express his concerns that nature is in danger.

Here with a strong Australian contingent

“The way that in Australia we repay it is with a sense of inaction. It’s heartbreaking. There are a lot of obstacles. I’m not about to stand on a soapbox and bang on about it. The last thing people need, particularly in Australia, is a celebrity beating their righteous drum. But for me, as a person, it was a big part of my life and while I was away, I would have dreams of running around with my friends as a kid like the character in my film. So, it’s a little frustrating in Australia where the notion of climate change has been extremely politicized, and the idea of activism has been co-opted by politics in a negative way. Also, in Australia climate change is a debate when it’s not a political issue. It’s not a debate, it’s really just a concern and a nurturing concern of our home, not just our home but the home of humanity. The effects of climate change are going to be far worse than ruining the beauty of nature. With the bushfires, Sydney is not directly affected, but the air quality is at a point where people who are vulnerable to respiratory issues are at risk,” Simon Baker tells FilmInk.

Projects about current issues

Simon Baker wants you to know that this is a global emergency and instead of government officials responding, the Australian government is standing with Adani. The window to save the reef is closing fast and help is needed! Simon Baker is asking the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader to #StopAdani and fight for his countries reef and stop curb climate change.

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12/11/2019 12:57 PMupdated: 12/11/2019 1:50 PM

13 comments

  • Minna P.
    01/08/2020 09:22

    Well said, i just hope i could send you guys, our rain to help you wtih those fires :( in this time of the year we should have at least -5 celsius and lot of snow, not rainy and windy as it is now. Hang in there dear aussies, lots of love from Finland <3 btw i'm huge fan of Australia and what awesome it was ^_^

  • Lepage S.
    01/08/2020 09:13

    Tellement triste voir le feu ravager ce pays courage aux australiens je vous souhaitent de la pluie et beaucoup de pluie ❤❤

  • Sonya H.
    01/02/2020 03:59

    Simon Baker, Please read your lines and do your job as an actor as obviously you have no grasp on reality in Australia and the reasons as to the fires...seeing as you don’t live here anymore I fail to see how you have any idea as to what’s going on..

  • John C.
    12/15/2019 22:18

    Hot there I hear

  • Nick G.
    12/15/2019 19:11

    Swathes

  • Kris J.
    12/13/2019 12:11

    Eat more meat

  • Adeeb N.
    12/12/2019 18:05

    Very well said Patrick Jane

  • Corinne D.
    12/12/2019 17:15

    Well said.

  • Lilla W.
    12/12/2019 15:16

    Why are you surprised? Population growing, forests lodging, using water, land more and more. Be prepared for more droughts and fires.

  • Claudia W.
    12/12/2019 15:14

    No this was intentional !!!!

  • John Q.
    12/12/2019 14:55

    Another crock of doo-doo. Evidently, 2 of the 5 worst fires in Australia were pre-WW II. https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/science-environment/2011/11/the-worst-bushfires-in-australias-history/

  • Lilian C.
    12/12/2019 14:50

    Lack of forest planning, architecture and engineering! Such wild fires should be manageable with a preventative planning! Deregulatory apathy of the public office is staggering!

  • Thomas C.
    12/12/2019 12:12

    Really well said. More notable Australians need to speak up like this. The Australian government just got ranked worst of all OECD nations today on climate action. We may only have a relatively small population, but we’re the largest exporter of coal in the world. Australian coal is supercharging the climate crisis, and the companies that are behind it are pulling the strings of our government. Our democracy is broken.

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