The Paris Agreement aims to tackle one of the most significant global threats of our time - climate change - but up until now, few people have fully understood how it came about. The Guardians of the Earth documentary fills this gap by providing a behind-the-scenes look at how this ground-breaking agreement was negotiated.
After 21 years of failure in UN climate change negotiations, 20,000 negotiators representing 195 nations met in 2015 at a private airport in the north of Paris for a last attempt to save the planet. Opening (and closing) with wrong-headed quotes from Donald Trump, Guardians of the Earth reveals the backstage struggle towards the Paris Agreement as seen from the perspective of major players. The insights of unofficial narrator Saleemul Huq, a Bangladeshi scientist based in London who straddles both worlds, reveal how delicately balanced are these competing interests.