When we think about climate change, we don't necessarily think about it in terms of being a catalyst for global instability or as a threat to national and international security. This 80 minute documentary, The Age of Consequences clearly directs us to look beyond the immediate and to see the far reaching consequences of climate change.
Catch it in Melbourne on Tuesday 28 February 2017 at 8.45pm; Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon street, Carlton. It makes a compelling case that if we carry on with 'business as usual', there'll be grave consequences to pay as it'll have huge implications for peace and security in the 21st century. Get your tickets here or at the cinema itself.
Coming from the same team of last year's festival favourite, Requiem for the American Dream, this time, through unflinching case-study analysis, we are taken beyond the headlines of conflict and social unrest in the world, and are walked through how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions that spark conflict.
Climate change attacks the basic resources that humans need to survive. It impacts on every facet of life. It causes a layer cake of interconnected problems that goes in a circle. It impacts on crops and the food chain. There is no bigger trigger for conflict than poverty and hunger. A mass migration of population due to devastation of home and land will put added pressures on the country they move to. It'll trigger underlying challenges like unemployment, social instability, economic instability, political instability, civil unrest, terrorism and more.
Billions of dollars have been spent to reduce the threat of nuclear attack, which though low in probability, is very high in consequences. The risks we face from climate change are arguably as severe and of higher probability, and yet there is in some corners, a reluctance to face up to the challenges and build a resilient society.
We have a short attention span and climate is a very long term problem. We continue to accelerate our contribution even though we see the rising problem. One of the immediate things we can take control of is our energy future; to invest in alternatives to our current system of being fully reliant on fossil fuels. Time is precious and cannot be replenished. The time to act is now and this stark warning is a call to action.
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