Though people can feel the effects of climate change, they can’t see it evidently and hence fail to understand and accept it completely. As one says, ‘You believe what you see’. So, the climate change messengers have tried to bring climate change to the center through some hard-hitting documentaries. We’ve tried to narrow it down to those that explain one important feature of climate change.
Take the plunge to know more:
1. Climate Refugees:
Climate refugee reflects how climate change has the power to mass migrate people from one region to another. With the future refugees’ estimates varying from 25 million to 1 billion, this mass migration could possess a severe threat in the developed countries where there would be a crunch for resources. Could this lead to a war for resources?
Especially, when little is being done to plan for possible mass migration. Currently, there is no specific international legal protection or agency that helps with relocating or rehabilitating when people are forced to migrate due to floods or droughts.
This means that people living in flood prone areas like Bangladesh have no means of support and cannot easily migrate to a different country. With coastal cities like Mumbai, New York, Maldives under threat of submerging, the number of such refugees is only going to increase. So, isn’t it time we plan for this?
2. Meat the Truth:
For all those who didn’t know cows are the biggest reason for global warming, this documentary will be an eye-opener. For real though…
Meat the Truth, exposes the threats of livestock farming as the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, which is a whopping 18%. That’s more than the transport sector at 13%. Cattle, specifically cows produce 70 to 120 kg of methane per year. That’s a lot of GHG from one cow!
Meat the Truth urges us to reduce our meat consumption which will bring about a decrease in GHG emissions.
What do you think meat eaters?
3. Chasing Ice:
If it was evidence that you were waiting for, Chasing Ice brings that to you.
Nature photographer, James Balog, captures the melting of Arctic ice through time-lapse photography. This visual evidence reflects how badly the greenhouse gases emissions have impacted the polar region. By analysing the before and after images of the glaciers, Balog points out, how the height of the glacier has dropped by 1500 feet since 1984.
When it comes to climate change, melting glaciers is not something that can be taken casually. Not when it will cause at least a 70 cm to 80 cm rise in sea levels. This, in turn, might result in mass migration of coastal people and eventually cities like Mumbai, New York might even get submerged.
Tapped, taps into the bottled water industry and its lasting impacts on our environment. The documentary brings out some hard hitting facts of how much corporations like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Nestle etc. are profiting by simply extracting water from the public sources like lakes and rivers and selling the same to the public.
It further, explains how much energy is consumed by the water industry in transporting and packaging the plastic bottles which ends up in the landfills and oceans. For instance, transporting water uses up to 18 million gallons of water.
While climate change has caused droughts and floods in many areas, these companies seemed unaffected by it. Even at the peak of the 2007 drought in North Carolina, PepsiCo operations were in full swing.
If there’s anyone benefitting from climate change, drinking water industry is one of them.
5. Everything’s Cool:
Everything’s Cool, traces the politics of global warming back to 1987, when the phenomenon was more commonly called the greenhouse effect. Global warming didn’t become politicised until the oil and coal industries recognised it as a threat to their economic well-being and took a stance. The film talks about the difficulty in raising awareness among people, specifically the American public.
There is an urgent need to convey the seriousness of global warming in America and to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. There is a need for passive reaction from the public as well as the competing swansong from the climate change nay Sayers.
It’s not an easy topic to prove, because the pace of climate change is relatively slow, only seen in terms of year to year temperature rise. Moreover, climate change skeptics are more in regions that witnessed cooling in place of warming.
Films give us a clear idea of reality and help us get acquainted with facts. So, what now? Are we taking the hint and acting on it? Or going back to our ignorant selves?