Climate Change Documentary
At the Conference of the parties (COP 21) in Paris, on December 2015, world leaders reached a critical long terms temperature agreement in order to mitigate climate change over the next decade. The Paris Agreement’s central goal is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Since then, the global greenhouse gas emissions have been steadily rising without any sign of decrease in sight. At this point, staying below 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming seems completely unreachable as it would mean to decrease our carbon emission by about 15% each and every year from 2020 to 2050 until humanity reaches carbon neutrality. The less demanding 2 degrees Celsius threshold still implies a massive economical and social shift over our actual energy use. Carbon reduction technology (NETs) are speculative at best and not up to task considering the volume of carbon to remove from the atmosphere and the financial burden that these technologies would generate for a world already stressed by the physical limits of fossil energies. Unfortunately, the clock is ticking and the latest IPCC reports indicates that “we only have 11 years” to avoid catastrophic climate change.
Faced with this grim situation, the production team of Tropic Motion mobilized its resource and talent in order make a documentary about the underlying issues of climate change. We will start by showing the ongoing effects and challenges caused in South Florida and in Miami by the actual 1 degree Celsius increase over pre-industrial period. Then, we will focus our attention to humanity’s addiction to fossil fuel, a formidable energy that made our modern society possible. Finally, we will explore all the costs of rising: financing the climate resilience, the physical realities and limits of wind and solar power, and the social and political cost of business as usual.
That’s an ambitious task and we’d love to hear from you. Feel free to contact us to share your ideas and feedback.