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Scientists shown children's film


Children's film gets big premiere

An animated film by Plymouth schoolchildren has been premiered in front of more than 100 international scientists and policy makers.

The Other CO2 Problem was made by students from Ridgeway School to raise awareness about sea acidification through the release of waste gases.

The 15 pupils aged 11 to 15 were helped by a local video firm to make the film.

The seven-and-a-half minute film was shown at the International Congress on Climate Change in Copenhagen.

The film stars King Poseidon who is lamenting the suffering of Doctorpus, Britney Star, Michelle Mussel, Derek the Diatom and other sea creatures as the ocean becomes more acidic.

They have done a great job
Dr Carol Turley

It ends with Poseidon demanding that humans sort the problem out and stop pumping more and more carbon dioxide.

The youngsters were asked to produce the film by Dr Carol Turley, a research scientist from Plymouth Marine Laboratory who was impressed by a previous film which won a prize from Euroceans, an EU marine science initiative.

She obtained EU funding from the European Project on Ocean Acidification for the new film which has been produced in collaboration with Plymouth firm Sundog Media.

Dr Turley, a leading authority on ocean acidification, said: "The world is waking up to the seriousness of ocean acidification and how it could affect our future oceans if we continue to emit CO2, through burning fossil fuels, at the rate we're doing at the moment.

"The students' film makes that point very clearly in an entertaining way using language we can all understand, they have done a great job.

"I've shown it twice to influential audiences and on both occasions it has gone down really well."

School spokeswoman Kelly-Marie Davidson said: "All the children are chuffed to bits to get this kind of recognition.

"It's been a fantastic voyage of discovery for them and a rare opportunity to combine science and art."

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