Earth Before Birth

Director: Francesco Tamilia, Produced by: Alessandro Allocca, Alessandro Mariscalco, Francesco Tamilia , Country: UK, Language: English/Italian, 2023, 15’ , Rights: World no Italy

Earth before Birth: How the climate crisis is impacting parenthood

This independent thought-provoking short documentary tells the stories of some people who have chosen not to have children because of climate change while also following the emotional struggles of others who are torn between their desire to become parents and the daunting uncertainties of the planet’s future. The aim of Earth Before Birth is to further shed light on how climate change is impacting people’s lives – in a way that is perhaps not thought of at first. Through well-resonated and punchy statements, interviewees recall their reasons, struggles and emotional journey as to why they are struggling with their decision to become parents amid the climate crisis.

The professional take on this complicated and, at times, emotional issue adds greater clarity overall. Among the experts interviewed: Dr Frances MacGuire – Climate Scientist with over 30 years of experience. She contributed to early IPCC reports Dr Patrick Kennedy-Williams – HCPC-registered Clinical Psychologist and a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society. Patricks holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Oxford

Engineer Ascanio Vitale expert in environmental sustainability matters, also among those who have chosen not to have children. This mix of expert insights, personal experiences and interactive graphics showcasing relevant studies ensures a balanced and accurate reporting that leaves the audiences contemplating their values and actions amidst the ever- growing urgency of the climate crisis. Nicola Rapisardi, hospitality trainer – Jenny Chapman, teacher – Anna Hughes, writer – Radhika Sivarajan and Ajeesh T Vijayan, software engineers: people
interviewed who have decided to not have children.