Hay Festival and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have unveiled their Trans.MISSION series of striking short films by award-winning illustrators, authors, and world-leading scientists to communicate cutting-edge environmental science to audiences at Hay Festival 2018 and beyond. These films bring out the importance of NERC science - from the quality of the air we breathe at home to the changes in climate we’re seeing worldwide.

Clean Air Starts at Home by Aardman Animation Studios director Dan Binns and atmospheric chemist Ally Lewis (NCAS, University of York) (voiced by Marcus Brigstocke), the Weather Watching series (Ice, Circle Spiral, and The Ben Nevis Watchers) by poet Nicola Davies and climate scientist Ed Hawkins (NCAS, University of Reading), and Message from Antarctica by polar researcher Emily Shuckburgh (BAS) and illustrator Chris Haughton are available to view online now hayfestival.org/wales/hay-festival-transmission.

Through these films and poems we encourage you to start having more conversations around how our environment is changing and affects our lives. Please watch and share these short videos online and with friends and family, to keep those conversations going.

More information about the Trans.MISSION films

Clean Air Starts at Home by Dan Binns and Ally Lewis (voiced by Marcus Brigstocke)

Watch the film: https://youtu.be/ShLV86tWOtM

A surprising amount of air pollution is emitted by the home. In Clean Air Starts at Home, Aardman Animation Studios director Dan Binns teams up with atmospheric chemist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the University of York professor Ally Lewis to explore the impacts of air pollution beyond cars and exhaust pipes. Voiced by comedian Marcus Brigstocke. Dan and Ally discuss the project at Hay Festival on Monday 28 May: https://www.hayfestival.com/p-13836-aardmans-dan-binns-and-ally-lewis-talk-to-andy-fryers.aspx

Weather Watching by Nicola Davies and Ed Hawkins

Listen to the poems:

Ice: https://youtu.be/dmg5LuYCG1Q
Circle Spiral: https://youtu.be/Y7No31ewSKg
The Ben Nevis Watchers: https://youtu.be/w-C7sOH4jio

Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, but monitoring these is fraught with challenges. In Weather Watching, award-winning poet Nicola Davies teams up with climate scientist Professor Ed Hawkins from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the University of Reading to explore the interplay of climate and weather in a series of poems set to images. Nicola and Ed discuss the project at Hay Festival on Tuesday 29 May: https://www.hayfestival.com/p-13869-ed-hawkins-and-nicola-davies.aspx

Message from Antarctica by Chris Haughton and Emily Shuckburgh

Watch the film: https://youtu.be/931drXJDqT4

How are scientists measuring the impacts of carbon dioxide over time? Message from Antarctica sees deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team at the British Antarctic Survey, Emily Shuckburgh, work with award-winning designer, author and illustrator Chris Haughton (A Bit Lost, Oh No George! and Shh! We Have a Plan) to offer an inside look at polar science. Through engaging illustrations the film distills the science behind global warming into a clear message. Chris and Emily discuss the project at Hay Festival on Saturday 26 May: https://www.hayfestival.com/p-13759-chris-haughton-and-emily-shuckburgh.aspx

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