Cornwall's Climate Stories

by Claire Wallerstein in Kingsand, England, United Kingdom


raised so far

+ est. £1893.75 Gift Aid



Documenting Cornwall's changing climate - and the inspirational people and projects working to tackle it

by Claire Wallerstein in Kingsand, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 15th June 2021 we'd raised £23,020 with 261 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

New stretch target

Young people need a better understanding of how climate change is going to affect them - so that they can develop the skills that will be needed to help meet future challenges. 

Surveys by the charity Teach the Future show that only 4% of young people feel they know a lot about climate change and 75% of teachers feel they have not received adequate training to be able to confidently teach about it.

We need funding to help make the rest of the films in our series and to create tailored educational materials so that teachers can use the entire series of films as part of curriculum-based lessons in subjects from Science to English, Art, Geography and Business Studies.

We want to get the films into secondary schools right across Cornwall and ideally right across the UK.

Regular Donations: After you have completed your donation you will be able to set-up a regular donation arrangement to continue supporting this great cause.

We are creating documentaries and teaching materials to get young people and communities on board with tackling the climate crisis in Cornwall and beyond. And there are some great rewards if you can help support us! 


Cornwall Climate Care is an environmental charity headed up by Claire Wallerstein (producer) and Bryony Stokes (director).

Our mission is to engage people in facing the climate emergency by making it relevant to the local community in one of the UK's most beautiful places, Cornwall. 

We are making a series of 30-minute films to document what's happening with climate change here, and showcasing the amazing and often pioneering work being done by local communities and businesses to tackle it.

We may have all slowed down during the pandemic - but climate change has not. In fact, greenhouse gas emissions are set to show their second biggest rise ever in 2021.

It's more important now than ever to motivate people, and we aim to do this by highlighting the local side of a global issue - that is so often portrayed as a problem mostly for polar bears or people on Pacific islands.

Our local approach to climate change is already starting to attract interest - and could make a big impact in Cornwall and beyond.

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Our first film, Under the Surface, looking at the marine environment, was released in February and had an incredible response, with 1,500 people watching the live launch and over 5,000 total views to date.

Now we need to fundraise to produce the next films in the series, which will cover topics ranging from our housing, energy and food to tourism, health and transport.

While the films will be freely available for all to watch online, a really important part of the project is about taking the message further.

We want to get the films into secondary schools all over Cornwall, Plymouth and the South West. We are producing educational resources to accompany them, so they can be used by teachers in lessons right across the curriculum.

Why is this so important?


Our films are non-political, non-sensationalist, and aim to help build up the broad support that is needed to help us reach essential climate targets. We will not get there unless everybody is on board!

Climate change is going to overshadow the lives of today's young people, so we need to get them learning and talking about it in a way that will not induce helplessness or fear, but instead will inspire them to be part of the solution.

Early feedback from teachers and students is that young people find our films highly engaging and motivating because of their locally relevant and positive focus.

How will it happen?

We are already hard at work on our second film, focusing on climate change and the Cornish fishing industry, which we aim to release in late June. 

However, we need help to complete this film and the future episodes in the planned series of eight.

We are crowdfunding to cover the costs of one film - each episode takes four months to make and costs approximately £17,000, including £1,500 to create materials and lesson plans for a range of lessons for Key Stages 4 and 5 (GCSE and A Level).


We already have a team of experienced teachers lined up who are keen to use the films as a tool to help motivate young people in Cornwall, Plymouth and beyond.

The team is ready to start producing curriculum-based GCSE and A Level materials to go with the films, not just for Science or Geography lessons, where climate change is usually covered, but also in English, Art, Business Studies, Media, etc.

Anything we are able to raise beyond our initial £17,000 target will go towards funding the next films in the series.


This project offered rewards

£50 or more

Beautiful underwater print

A beautiful print of one of award-winning photographer Dave Peake's unique and atmospheric underwater scenes from beneath our Cornish waters. Plus Cornwall Climate Care membership.

£20 or more

Your name in our credits!

Everyone donating £20 or more will be a permanent part of our next film - you'll get your name listed in the credits as our way of saying 'thank you'!

£25 or more

Exclusive download

Exclusive download of our next film, Plenty More Fish?, looking at how climate change is affecting Cornwall's fishing industry - sometimes in very surprising ways - and what local fishermen and scientists are doing to adapt.

£30 or more

Exclusive download + Q&A with the filmmakers

Exclusive download of our next film, Plenty More Fish?, plus meet Bryony and Claire online to talk about the latest developments with Cornwall's Climate Stories and the next film in the series. Ask us any questions about the project and give us your feedback and suggestions!

£35 or more

Signed Wild Tribe Heroes book

Copy of a book from the Wild Tribe Heroes series of environmental true stories for primary age children, signed by the author Ellie Jackson. Plus film download and Q&A with the filmmakers.

£40 or more

Exclusive membership

Cornwall Climate Care membership - providing you with exclusive online screenings of all of our films before their official launch

£55 or more

Exclusive Cornish oyster experience

A unique experience, usually priced at £65, with the internationally-renowned 'oyster lady' Katy Davidson, as seen on BBC's Saturday Kitchen, Channel 4s Sunday Brunch, the Radio 4 Food Programme, The Times, Daily Mail, The Observer Magazine, etc. Shuck and eat your own oysters on the beach at Rock, as Katy teaches you about oyster culture, history - and how these bivalves are related to the fight against climate change.

£75 or more

Guided seabird walk

A guided walk with one of Cornwall's top bird experts, the incredibly knowledgeable Mark Grantham, to visit the seabird colonies of the beautiful north cliffs of Cornwall (NB reward must be claimed quickly as the birds will start to head back out to sea in July)

£100 or more

Wild tribe author zoom session for schools

A book reading and activity session via Zoom for primary school classes with Ellie Jackson, author of the Wild Tribe Heroes series of environmental stories. Plus free film download, Q&A session and membership.

£250 or more

Special screening

Host a screening of one of our films at your local secondary school or business, followed by a discussion session with the filmmakers and at least one of the film's expert participants. (Available in Cornwall and Devon only).

£1,500 or more

Sponsor our educational materials

Your business or organisation will be the official sponsor of the set of teaching materials to go with our films. Your name and logo will appear on the materials as well as our website, social media, and in the credits of the relevant film. (NB we can only accept sponsorship from businesses/ organisations with positive climate and environmental commitments)

£28 or more

Beautiful Cornish designer mugs

A beautiful mug by Helen Round, decorated with her trademark sketch image of the iconic ancient chapel on Rame Head. Check out just how gorgeous they are on Helen's website here:

£65 or more

Gorgeous skincare gift box

A beautiful gift box of cruelty free, plastic free, natural Cornish 'Super Skincare' products from Scence Skincare Ltd in Falmouth

£65 or more

Luxury grazing box

Delicious grazing box from Good Grazey - check out their Facebook page here to see just how amazing they are! The standard box has charcuterie and cheeses, but they can be tailored for veggies or vegans, and all are stacked full of salads, fruits, nuts, chutneys, crackers, hummus, sweet nibbles. This reward is only for people local to the Rame Peninsula as it must be delivered fresh.

£85 or more

'Ultimate Head to Toe' Cornish skincare products

A beautiful gift box of cruelty free, plastic free, natural Cornish 'Ultimate Head to Toe' products kindly donated by Scence Skincare Ltd in Falmouth

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