A Climate of Change

2014, Environment  -  72 min Leave a Comment
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Produced as a prelude to the 2015 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Canadian production A Climate of Change relies on the expert insights of several revered scientists to debunk the skepticism of global warming deniers and advocate for greater urgency in preventing further planetary abuse. Armed with easily understandable testimony and clear and concise evidence, the film hopes to put an end to the debate and begin the search for real solutions to an ever-worsening global crisis.

The scientists featured in the film speak to the various aspects of the climate change crisis. Dr. Kimberly Strong, a Professor Physics at the University of Toronto, dedicates her professional research career to the measurement and study of gasses and other pollutants in the atmosphere. Her findings indicate a dangerous trend of ozone depletion.

Dr. John Smol, Professor of Biology at Queen's University, speaks of the changes occurring in the Arctic region. From there, scientists can comfortably predict the global changes to come. What they find in the Arctic is immensely troubling, as ancient ponds and lakes are shallowing at an alarming rate. Richard Peltier, the Director of the Centre for Global Change Science, outlines the dangers inherent in our rising sea levels, which are caused in significant measure by melting ice sheets and warming climates.

Additional experts explain the science behind water contamination, extreme weather conditions, flooding, CO2 emissions, and Canada's own checkered history of environmental advocacy. Each scientists concurs that the entirety of the issue is not solely caused by humans, but further catastrophe can be avoided if our species is willing to take the appropriate steps to act.

The climate change movement has suffered in part by the inactivity of a younger generation that feels overwhelmed and consumed by daily struggles, and helpless in their ability to affect change within such a far-reaching crisis. The film makes great use of statistics and graphs to illustrate the extent of the crisis, but it realizes this alone is not enough to affect real change. A Climate for Change also offers valuable and practical solutions in which everyone can take part. It's not enough to know the problem, the film says. You must also know how you can be a part of the solution.