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.


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


  • Darlene B.
    01/07/2020 14:12

    Praying for Australia!!🙏🙏🙄

  • Sharon C.
    01/01/2020 00:20

    Weren't these fires started by people ?

  • Dorothy S.
    12/30/2019 22:12

    the plant mostly water , how can we get it to us

  • Carlos P.
    12/30/2019 05:58

    Yes the COMMUNIST are coming they are going to fix the planet the same way they fix all country's that weren't COMMUNIST look at the Success in VENEZUELA 🤥 They got CLIMATE change💩

  • Roxanne K.
    12/30/2019 02:08

    You bet we've seen changes. More to come.

  • Carlos P.
    12/29/2019 19:12

    Yes the COMMUNIST are coming they are going to fix the planet the same way they fix all country's that weren't COMMUNIST look at the Success in VENEZUELA 🤥 They got CLIMATE change💩

  • Carlos P.
    12/28/2019 22:22

    Yes the COMMUNIST are coming they are going to fix the planet the same way they fix all country's that weren't COMMUNIST look at the Success in VENEZUELA 🤥 They got CLIMATE change💩

  • Shannon M.
    12/27/2019 16:26

    Australia is a large land mass and wind currents don't bring moisture laden clouds all the way across from any direction! Thus the more central areas have a decidedly drier climate! Humans have existed in that environment for eons in spite of those facts. Humans HAVE existed! Humans have NOT created these conditions! Humans have existed within these conditions. The indigenous peoples developed strategies for dealing with these realities, but humans did NOT create these conditions! In the Americas we have large mountain ranges that run North and South funneling moisture laden air into and through the interior areas. Australia is not so blessed. Neither is "Global Warming" the culprit! If you were to decide you wanted to live in the Great Gobi Desert, you would have to develop "coping strategies" in order to survive! These strategies would not change the natural climate, but would enable you to live within the existing paradigms!

  • Scot P.
    12/24/2019 01:52

    Its not Co2 folks. Its cyclical. Carbon increases after warming. Carbon is also beneficial to all life on earth. Theres always been floods, droughts, fires, extreme weather events and temperature spikes and record cold. They keep saying hottest ever and records show this not to be true.

  • Fred F.
    12/23/2019 02:12

    The gov't can do nothing. Climate change has been going on for the entire life of this planet. The planet controls itself over long and short periods of time and it is the height of egotism to believe that we can change what this hugh planet is doing to itself. 20,000 yrs ago we were in an ice age. 20,000 yrs from now we will be in another ice age. If you can rearrange that, then I'll give you a pat on the back. Until then grow up and understand there are some things you have no control over. Mt. St. Helens blew more ash and toxic matter into the atmosphere in one week than mankind has produced in two years and it changed nothing. The atmosphere cleaned itself. Study facts before you make a fool of yourself with unsubstantiated claims. There is no such thing as scientific consensus. There is no such thing as a vegetarian dog, and there is no such thing as santa clause or man made global climate change.

  • Martin S.
    12/21/2019 15:31

    Evacuation of Australia is inevitable

  • Jim M.
    12/21/2019 02:00

    Climate change has existed since the world was created. Just received the latest Great Lakes Report from the US Army Corps of Engineers. Water Level on Lake Michigan/Huron is up about 3 ft. from the previous highs of the '80s & 50s which ig up about 5 ft. over the previous lows of '64 & '12. We have had 2 ice ages...... guess what happened after.... earth warmed! What caused the warming then? Climate change! What caused the climate to change? We were not using fossil fuels like now so what was the cause of the warming & climate change? Must have been earth. We had a mini ice age from 1300 to roughly 1850, with 2 warming periods during it. What caused the warming periods? Then cooling? And finally what caused the warming to end the mini ice age? We did not have the fossil fuel use during that time. Must have been climate change generated naturally by earth, and maybe the sun! The same time of the famous Chicago fire, caused by Mrs. Ohara's cow, most of the midwest was on fire as the area what hot & things were dry. The lower part of Michigan burned until Lake Huron, stopping just south of Forester. Ten years late a fire started in Wisconsin, jumped the straights, down the lower peninsula stopping at Lake Huron again & just north of Forester. Have relatives that survived the fire by sitting in a boat in Lake Huron for a day or so. Same was tru with people in the UP. Read "Michigan ON Fire". I started to learn about climate change by the time I was 10, spending half a summer on Lake Huron. The water level, sand bar in or out further year to year. Water reached his levels about every 30 years. Had serious problems in the '50s, 80's and again now. Solar activity goes in cycles. "The solar cycle is the periodic change in the Sun's activity and appearance like changes in the number of sunspots. It has an average duration of about 11 years. The current solar cycle began on in January 2008, with minimal activity until early 2010. The sun is now on track to have the lowest recorded sunspot activity since accurate records began in 1750. The long-term decline in solar activity set in after the last grand solar maximum peaked in 1956." Learned about the 11 year cycle, on a larger cycle, on a large cycle, on a larger cycle...... in a geology class in college. There have been studies showing the relationship between the solar cycle & climate on earth. EXCEPT it is hard to find in the media because if doesn't fit the the current agenda. And the government cannot tax or regulate it………..

  • Mary B.
    12/19/2019 04:07

    The temperature there is WAY high now too.

  • Diane C.
    12/18/2019 01:05

    Yes , & I just a weather map of Australia , & there's much more to come of dangerous heat …..sooo sad---it really bothers me....

  • Don W.
    12/17/2019 13:55

    There have always been fires. The only difference is now we have people and homes in their path.

  • Gladys S.
    12/14/2019 23:29


  • Mandy A.
    12/14/2019 08:28

    We need a total change of Government that actually cares. Not some idiot evangelist fool of a Prime Minister.

  • Bermudes S.
    12/12/2019 01:24


  • Mark G.
    12/11/2019 22:55

    Sooooo handsome! Nice advocacy!

  • Esther L.
    12/11/2019 19:22

    It is really time to act, not only we as people, but as Simon says, our government itselfs. 😏