Actors Jeremy Irons and Maxine Peake have joined forces to help make a powerful video about climate change.

Former children’s Laureate and ‘War Horse’ author Michael Morpurgo, Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman and director Stuart Rideout of film production company Ridley Scott Associates also helped create the powerful five-minute film - which aims to inspire us to protect the people, places and life we love from climate change for generations to come.

In ’I wish for You...’ (which you can view by clicking on the picture above) a grandfather (Jeremy Irons) writes a poignant letter to his granddaughter, declaring his love for her and describing the world that he wishes her to grow up in - and that climate change threatens.  In later life, the grandchild (Maxine Peake) rediscovers the letter and resolves to do all she can to fulfil her grandfather’s wishes for the world.

Maxine Peake stars in a short film about climate change

The film is part of a BT-supported campaign from The Climate Coalition – which includes WWF, ActionAid, RSPB, Oxfam, the National Trust, The WI and Christian Aid – which will turn hearts green this February, inspiring the British public to ‘show the love’ for all they hold dear but could lose to climate change.   The campaign is calling for 100% clean energy within a generation.

In the run-up to Valentine’s Day, designers from Wayne Hemmingway to Celia Birtwell, school children, artists, Premier League football clubs, churches, arts institutions and businesses will make, wear or share green hearts to kick start conversations about the things they love and want to protect.  Green hearts will also appear in unexpected locations – from playgrounds to mountainsides, football pitches to beaches.

Jeremy said: “So much we love is still under threat from climate change.  December’s historic agreement in Paris might lead some people to believe that the job is done - but Paris simply set the direction of a journey we must now all take together. 

“I took part in this film to show my love for the world that climate change threatens. My grandchildren won’t be safe and secure unless we take proper care of our one and only planet.”

Maxine added: “This film is a celebration of the bonds between us and the world that sustains us.  Climate change is hitting the world’s poorest people first and worst – so we owe it not just to our own families, but to families everywhere, to act fast to protect them. 

“75% of people in the UK support renewable energy - but only 9% think there is that much backing for change.  By watching and sharing this film, we can spread the message that if we act together, it’s not too late to build a cleaner, fairer future.”