The Choose Life campaign, which is also backed by Trainspotting’s Robert Carlyle (who plays Begbie), calls for meaningful and ambitious climate action from the UK government as the nation recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
Directed by filmmaker Adam Smith, the short film features a reworking of Irvine Welsh’s original monologue, which appeared in the opening of Danny Boyle’s classic 1996 adaptation, and features lines like, “choose greener, cleaner, smarter” and “choose kindness”.
“The aim of the film was to deliver a message of hope and empowerment that collectively we can do something about this issue, when we take action,” said Smith.
The film and accompanying online platform aim to encourage the public to call for strong climate leadership ahead of the UK hosting the UN Climate Summit (COP26) next year. The platform includes resources to help you take action, from writing to MPs to finding local Extinction Rebellion groups. There’s also a declaration by The Climate Coalition, which has been signed by organisations such as BAFTA, Selfridges, Sky, and more.
Also joining Macdonald and Carlyle as individual signatories are names across film, music, arts, and culture, including Chris Packham, Elbow, Ellie Goulding, George Monbiot, Gillian Burke, James Norton, Liam Gallagher, and Lily Cole, among others.
“Amidst a global crisis, Choose Life calls for governments, leaders, businesses, activists and individuals to recognise the tipping point our planet faces and consider the political and personal interventions that could transform our world over the next ten years,” read a statement.
“The film, declaration and educational resources should inspire us all to not choose to return to the old ways but to build a better world that is guided by the Global Goals – and Choose Life.”