Producers' statement: Zeeshan Hasan
I spent much of my time over the last decade reading about climate change and writing newspaper articles about it. However, it was obvious that those newspaper articles were being read by very few people, and thus having little impact. Anyone who reads about climate change will quickly come to realise that Bangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to global warming and sea level rise, as geographically it is a river delta only a few metres above sea level. So when my brother Zahin suggested that we produce an animated short film about climate change, it seemed like a great idea.There were two main challenges; first, we had to communicate a little bit about the science of climate change. Not all viewers would be aware that carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels like coal, oil and gas were causing global warming. So this had to be communicated simply. Secondly, the viewer had to be made aware that big changes at the societal level would be required to reduce fossil fuel use. As students of economics, we knew that the most efficient way to reduce production and consumption of harmful products like cigarettes is by imposing taxes. Taxes on fossil fuels would both reduce their use and raise money for the government to help deal with global warming, just as taxes on tobacco reduce smoking and also help raise tax money to pay for government doctors and hospitals. So we wanted to explain that the best way to reduce carbon emissions from burning carbon-based fossil fuels was also through carbon taxes.My initial idea for the plot was inspired by the Charles Dickens' classic, "A Christmas Carol". Kazi Media/Deepto TV screenwriters Ahmed Khan Hirok and Nasimul Hasan worked for over a year to develop our protagonist Ratul who would have his eyes opened by the Old Man of the Wind, in the same way that Ebenezer Scrooge was changed by the Ghosts of Christmas. In the end, though, the focus on explaining climate change and how to solve it with fossil fuel taxes made the film have very little similarity to Dickens' original story. We recruited a brilliant director, Mohammad Shihab Uddin, who in turn brought in Cycore Studios to work on the animation. The result was far beyond our expectations in terms of quality, a testament to the hard work put in by everyone over two years. We hope that the film has contributed to a heightened awareness in Bangladesh of climate change and the measures needed to stop it."