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Action Guide

Greening the Screen

An Action Guide for Canadian Media Producers

Independent media producers are a critical catalyst for climate action. As the captains of film and television production, producers have a unique opportunity to embrace climate leadership that can scale and accelerate climate solutions in the motion picture industry and beyond.

We envision a future where sustainable production is not an added effort but the default mode of operation; where the Canadian film and television industry leads globally in sustainability, setting a high standard for environmental stewardship and social responsibility. In this future, Canadian producers, guided by a strong commitment to the planet and its people, integrate climate justice and sustainable practices into the fabric of their work, all while creating compelling content that inspires and educates audiences about the importance of sustainability.

This guide is a practical, shareable and actionable resource for producers and other leaders in the motion picture industry. It has been written by independent producers working with sustainability professionals and has been designed to apply equally across genres, company sizes and budget levels.

Throughout the guide are best practices to inspire action, whether you’re just starting out or want to level up your current efforts. We also sign-post the many excellent external resources and tools and templates for plans and policies that can be used on productions.

Over the coming weeks we will also introduce new features such as an archive of member-donated resources such as policy examples, production plans, case studies and much much more.

Have you found this guide useful on your production? Do you have a success story to share with other producers? We want to hear about it!  We encourage you to share your stories and feedback by emailing us at


This guide would not have been possible without our incredible supporters and contributors.

This work was made possible through a partnership with the Canada Media Fund.

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