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. It portrays how sudden climate changes like sea level rise, extreme weather conditions or drought can have an adverse impact on people’s life. It can make people abandon their jobs, homes and countries to simply survive. However, this mass migration 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.
Estimates of climate change refugees vary from 25 million to 1 billion. No matter what the actual number, displacement of people due to climate change is for sure. But there is no 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 is a Dutch documentary that exposes the threats of livestock farming as the major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, which is a whopping 18% btw. That’s more than the transport sector at 13%. Further, cattle farming is the leading cause of deforestation around the world. Cattle, specifically cows produce methane which is 23 times more harmful on the climate than Co2. An average cow produces 70 to 120kg of methane every 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 carbon 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.
Climate change strongly affects the Arctic and Antarctic regions. The documentary revolves around a project that collects data on seasonal changes in glaciers through time lapse photography. By installing cameras in various places in the artic to capture a multi-year record of melting glaciers, he basically records the effect of climate change in the polar regions.
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 across the world by 2200. This, in turn, might result in mass migration of coastal people and eventually cities like Mumbai, New York might even get submerged.
If you thought that bottled water was any cleaner than tap water, looks like you’ve been wasting all that money for nothing.
Tapped, taps into the bottled water industry and its lasting impacts on our environment. If there’s anyone benefitting from climate change, drinking water industry is one of them. With the world bank estimating the value of world water market to be at a monstrous $800 billion every year, it’s all set to be the next biggest empire. From oil to water next, do you think?
While climate change has caused droughts and floods in many areas, big companies like PepsiCo, seemed unaffected by it. Even at the peak of the 2007 drought in North Carolina, PepsiCo operations were in full swing. An estimate of 400,000 gallons of municipal water was used up and sold back to the community it was taken from when the water scarcity was at its peak.
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. That’s where an educated public can help. 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?