There is no question the climate change movement has reached a huge turning point over this last month and especially the last week. The final UN estimate is that over 400,000 people marched in the streets of New York City last Sunday. Even if the media failed to report this news accurately, it doesn't really matter any more.
No one can stop this movement now. More than 1500 groups, scientists, religious organizations, students, people from all walks of life marched -- not just in NYC, but all over America and the world. The camaraderie was electric, reinforcing and empowering.
What is even more astonishing are the social media reports coming in from the UN. Since #Climate2014 was launched six months ago they have reached 127,000,000 people worldwide, with an exposure of nearly 3 billion impressions. These numbers are phenomenal and have exceeded all expectations.
What this shows is that people all over the world are truly paying attention. This is a movement that should not be taken lightly. We are strong and powerful, and we are just beginning.
By convening a global summit on climate change, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the urgency of the issue. The summit also unleashed a tidal wave of outrage from people everywhere who were looking for a way to express their concern that governments were not doing enough about climate change.
And, our own President gave one of the most eloquent statements he has ever given on this subject, "For all the immediate challenges that we gather to address this week -- terrorism, instability, inequality, disease -- there is one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate."
This brings me back to our short sequel to the official UN climate summit film shown last week and it is called, "A World of Solutions." Ironically, the gist of this film was the first treatment we sent the UN staff to show the world leaders on September 23.
Director Louie Schwartzberg and I had similar visions about the beauty and natural violence of evolution and the millions of years it took before human beings arrived on this planet. Then beginning with the Industrial Revolution, in less than two hundred years, man had almost brought this beautiful, complex creation to the brink of extinction. Inconceivable ... right?
We wanted to show that we are still in peril, but more, we have the means to solve our problems in the present. There are many reasons to be optimistic and hopeful.
Part of that hope was to make a comparison of the semi-conscious mycelium root/soil system of the earth that feeds all plant life to the burgeoning Internet-connected global society we are evolving into today. If we could learn to use the Internet and mass media wisely we could be a powerful means for good and for progress.
Louie asked a writer friend of his, Andrew Dickson, to try his hand at a script. Andrew, as you will see, takes us on a wonderful journey through time.
The UN group had long before told us this was not the right treatment for the opening ceremony and, of course, they were right. So, a few months before the summit we had to stop filming this version and start the other film from scratch. However, we had completed enough of this one that we wanted to finish it. We loved its message.
Louie and I wanted to show that perhaps it is possible to create a thought revolution that might transcend politics, if we could only work together as a force of nature today -- and we must -- to make the changes necessary in time to be able to look our children in their eyes tomorrow.
When we finally locked the music and color on "What's Possible," we literally had one week to finish this film. We already had Morgan Freeman read the script when he read the UN one, so that was good. Then Hans Zimmer was able to use the music he composed for the first one and rearrange it brilliantly for this one at the last minute.
So now, a week after this newly empty nested mother of three showed her first film at the UN opening ceremony for the climate summit, she is able to show you an unintentional second film as well. It is called, "A World of Solutions." I hope you enjoy it as well as you did the first one. May it bring you hope and courage. That is our only intention. Please enjoy.
You can get started now, by sharing our film and its message of hope on social media. Or by clicking here, where you'll find several powerful climate petitions directed straight at world leaders.
This post is part of a month-long series produced by The Huffington Post in conjunction with a variety of events being held in September recognizing the threats posed by climate change. Those events include the UN's Climate Summit 2014 (that was held Sept. 23, 2014, at UN headquarters in New York) and Climate Week NYC (Sept. 22-28, 2014, throughout New York City). To see all the posts in the series, read here.