Documentary

Megafires

INVESTIGATING A GLOBAL THREAT

Awards

Festival Deauville 2020
Festival Film Mindfield

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Climate

For a civic engagement

We are facing an unprecedented environmental crisis, and it is time to act. Many documentaries are already talking about climate change, the need to a global awakening and a change in our behavior and habits. These films have had incredible impacts around the world, especially in terms of raising public awareness.

 

MEGAFIRES is one of those documentaries — and much more. MEGAFIRES is a documentary integrated into a “community engagement strategy”. A documentary that seeks to build a global movement of communities ready to face the devastating wildfires. A documentary that will have a long-term impact by helping communities develop their ability — their capacity and ability to make decisions and implement eco-friendly solutions. A documentary that encourages a change in behavior and that promotes climate resilience at the local level.

Community engagement is essential to combat climate change. Each community is different, each community faces different problems, and each community will develop unique solutions. MEGAFIRES goes beyond simply delivering information to communities. MEGAFIRES seeks to build the capacity of the communities involved, and to work with them to find solutions to one of our greatest challenges: adapting to the inevitable climate change. We will do this by following three tracks: Living with the risks of devastating fires, preparing for future devastating fires, and minimizing the impacts of catastrophic fires.

Our communities must be at the heart of our fight against climate change, a principle on which our project is based. Community engagement brings people involved to understand the risks they face, to change their behaviors, and to get involved in the development of local solutions — local solutions that can inspire global action.

We want to engage these communities and their inhabitants. We want to mobilize and work with a wide range of partners, at local, regional and national level. We want to strengthen the formal and informal networks that exist. We want to educate, mobilize, raise awareness, help, inspire. We want to give communities the power to solve their problems, to find solutions, and to improve their living conditions. We want to unite these communities around a common desire to tackle the devastating fires.

Testimonials

Scientific partners of the documentary

Mike Flannigan, Professor of Wildland Fire, University of Alberta
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Mike Wotton, Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service’s, Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS)
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Joshua Johnston, Forest Fire Analyst, Canada’s Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Sault Ste. Marie
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Sonja Leverkus, Wildland Fire Ecologist, Shiftingmosaics, Fort Nelson, British Columbia
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Paul Hessburg, Forest Ecologist, University of Washington
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Mark Finney, Fire Scientist, Missoula Fire Science Lab, Montana
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Sara McAllister, Fire Scientist, Missoula Fire Science Lab, Montana
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Jack Cohen, research physical scientist (retired), Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory, US
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Bob Yokelson, Air quality chemist, University of Missoula, Montana
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Patricia Maloney, forest ecologist and conservation biologist, UC Davis, California and Tahoe
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Elizabeth Wiggins, Research scientist for wildfire emissions, NASA Langley Research Center, US
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Guillermo Rein, Fire Scientist, Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London
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Alexander Held, European Forest Institute EFI, Senior Expert, Resilience Program, Bonn, Germany
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Frank Krumm, Forest Ecologist, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf
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Guido Van der Werf, Earth Scientist, Earth and Climate Cluster, VU University Amsterdam
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Gavril Xanthopoulos, Wildfire expert, Greece’s Ministry of Rural Development and Food, Athens
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Sergey Khaykin, Atmospheric scientist, LATMOS-CNRS, Sorbonne University, France
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Bambang Hero Saharjo, Forestry expert, Bogor Institute, Indonesia
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Colonel Grégory Allione, Président des Sapeurs-Pompiers de France
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Colonel Claire Kowalewski, French Fire Service and Emergency Response Coordination Centre ERCC Brussels
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Rob Hazard, Fire Chief, Santa Barbara County, California
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Carlos Trindade, civil protection coordinator, Mafra, Portugal
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Amber Anderson, Wildland Specialist, Fire Prevention Bureau, Santa Barbara, California
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Lorna Dicks, Superintendante, Gendarmerie royale du Canada, Wood Buffalo Alberta, Canada
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Susan Jane Brown, Lawyer, Western Environmental Law Center, US
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