By Kurtis Sensenig
Logline: Follow humanity as we fight to save ourselves and our planet from the climate crisis using inspiring ingenuity and technology.
Saving Ourselves is an episodic documentary series telling an inspiring story of humans who are fighting their way to safety from the climate crisis. The story builds around the fact that if we can rapidly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, we can continue to thrive as a species on Earth far into the future. It is up to our generation, the people who are alive right now, to start us on that course. It’s an exciting time to be alive and a chance to be the biggest heroes the human species will ever know.
This is the story of humans’ fight for survival. We are installing wind turbines, solar panels all around the world. We are finding new ways to save energy and live with less carbon. But there are lots of hurdles and progress has been slow.
From this very zoomed out perspective on the problem we zoom into specific examples of what we are doing. Each episode looks at different problems and solutions.
Engineering problems have a natural story arc, where humans are protagonists, the engineering problem is the antagonist and the rising tension is us trying to solve the problem. We build toward a climax, or a twist of something unexpected - each time advancing closer, however slightly, to saving the Earth.
The entire series also follows a larger story arc of humans working to save ourselves. It’s like Modern Marvels (History Channel’s longest running show) but for sustainability.
Why This Vision Matters
This documentary series can help us address the climate crisis by informing people of the importance of the problem while showing how we can solve it. The network that airs this has the benefit of authentically contributing something valuable to society.
It’s optimistic but realistic and has the sense for the drama inherent in this story. This is edge-of-your-seat suspense and the stakes have never been higher.
Why This Idea Will Succeed in the Market
We can solve the climate crisis, but first we need more people to understand what we need to do. This is a very practical look at what it will actually take, explained in an easy and exciting way. People are used to sad and depressing climate stories and haven’t seen it explained as an inspiring and exciting story like this.