What is it?
In his latest film, acting is forgotten as Leo puts on his UN ambassador shoes and travels the world to discuss global warming and climate change.
Some take-home parts of the film –
1. Leo is left speechless
During his visit to India, Leo talks with a rather defensive citizen, whom puts him to the sword when he challenges her about India’s roll in tackling climate change. She points out that the lack of effort from developed countries such as America on the issue results in lack of effort from less developed countries. Ultimately America should be setting more of a good example and until they do, other countries will probably not change their approach to energy.
Although there is a valid point made, you can’t help but feel that the perspective is a bit warped and counterproductive. It certainly takes our host by surprise and makes good watching though.
2. A revelation about energy companies
In the early stages of the film it is revealed that there is a lot of stigma about global warming within the US senate. Many of it’s members actually deny it’s existence and that humans are having an impact on climate at all. This idea is claimed to have scientific backing by those that suggest it, however in this documentary it is revealed that something is amiss. Major energy companies are shown to have paid off senate members to argue against climate change in order to avoid more rules and obligations in the field. In addition to this they are known to have paid scientists to discredit and argue against humans impact of climate change. Perhaps this is less surprising given the fact that America have just elected a man who also claims that global warming doesn’t exist.
3. The general impact we are having on the globe
Visiting many countries, we see not just the visual impact that humanity is having on the countryside but hear many facts that show just how deep this issue is. In Sumatra deforestation and controlled fires devastate the natural world, just to make way for palm oil plantations. Tar pits make parts of Canada ‘look like Mordor’.Greenland’s future is at risk, with large amounts of ice melting every year and the environment ruined by welling for oil. The list goes on and on.
4. A change in diet
Whilst speaking to Prof Gidon Eshel, it is shown that one of the biggest causes of carbon footprint on the world is beef. It is shown to be at least 10 times more harmful to the environment than any other livestock. With this in mind a simple change of diet from beef to chicken is suggested by the Prof, who says that this alone would have a significantly positive impact on the fight against climate change.
This film provides much food for thought for the viewer and although in places it makes for uneasy watching, we think it is a must-watch for these difficult times. Watch it online here (pay for) –
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