The Age of Consequences

Synopsis: The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES investigates the impacts of climate change, resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, extreme weather, drought, and sea-level rise function as accelerants of instability and catalysts for conflict. Left unchecked, these threats and risks will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century. military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the European refugee crisis, the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, extreme weather, drought, and sea-level ris
Genre: Documentary, News, War
Director(s): Jared P. Scott
Production: PF Pictures
  5 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.9
Metacritic:
68
Rotten Tomatoes:
67%
TV-PG
Year:
2016
80 min
Website
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[MAN]

NUCLEAR WAR COULD QUITE POSSIBLY

FINISH OFF:

CIVILIZATION ALTOGETHER.

CLIMATE CHANGE:

LEFT TO RUN ITS OWN COURSE

COULD ALSO FINISH US OFF.

THE EXISTENTIAL ISSUE

IS WHETHER WE CAN FORESEE

WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE

AND GET IT DONE:

IN TIME TO MATTER.

WE ARE ALWAYS IN A RACE

BETWEEN WHAT OUR INTELLIGENCE

CAN DO FOR US:

AND WHAT OUR INTELLIGENCE

DOES TO US.

[REPORTER]

DROUGHT AND FOOD SHORTAGE...

[REPORTER]

A JUST-RELEASED REPOR FROM THE PENTAGON--

CLIMATE CHANGE:

AND THE CHALLENGES IT'S CREATING

FOR THE MILITARY.

[REPORTER]

THE LATEST REPORT SAYS

GLOBAL WARMING:

IS DRIVING WEATHER

TO NEW LEVELS OF EXTREMES.

[REPORTER]

...A GROWING THREA TO NATIONAL SECURITY.

[MAN]

THE PREDICTED CONSEQUENCES

OF A WARMING WORLD

ARE ALREADY WITH US.

[MAN]

CLIMATE CHANGE:

AND NATURAL DISASTERS

CAN CAUSE HUMANITARIAN CRISES,

POPULATION MIGRATIONS.

SCARCITY OF WATER, FOOD,

AND SPACE:

COULD LEAD TO FAILED STATES,

INSTABILITY,

AND POTENTIALLY:

RADICALIZATION.

SENATOR, THERE'S NO QUESTION

THAT ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY

CAN HAVE A DRAMATIC AFFEC ON OVERALL SECURITY

BOTH IN INDIVIDUAL STATES

AND REGIONALLY.

[MAN]

NEVER BEFORE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE

FLED WAR AND PERSECUTION.

[MAN]

THIS IS CLIMATE CHANGE

FAR BEYOND THE MELTING ICE CAPS.

[MAN]

GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE,

WHILE NOT NEW TO HISTORY,

IS NEW TO THE MODERN WORLD.

IT CAN SIGNIFICANTLY

ADD TO THE CHALLENGES

OF GLOBAL INSTABILITY:

HUNGER, POVERTY,

AND CONFLICT.

THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

ARE FAR-REACHING

AND UNPREDICTABLE,

DEMANDING OUR ATTENTION

AND STRATEGIC THINKING.

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

IS PREPARING TO ADAPT TO THESE

21st CENTURY CHALLENGES.

[MAN]

THE INTERSECTION

OF CLIMATE CHANGE

AND THE SECURITY OF NATIONS

WILL BECOME A DEFINING REALITY

IN THE YEARS AHEAD.

WE CANNOT IGNORE THE COSTS

OF INACTION:

AND WE CANNOT LEAVE THESE

MASSIVE SECURITY CONCERNS

TO THE NEXT GENERATION.

WE ARE NOW IN THE AGE

OF CONSEQUENCES.

[MICHAEL BREEN]

THINK ABOUT IT FROM

A MILITARY PERSPECTIVE.

WHEN I WAS LEADING

PARATROOPERS IN AFGHANISTAN,

IF 98,

99% OF MY INTELLIGENCE

TOLD ME THAT I WAS DRIVING

MY PLATOON DOWN A ROAD

AND THAT TWO MILES

DOWN THAT ROAD:

THERE'S AN AMBUSH

WAITING FOR ME.

[GUNS FIRING]

I DON'T GET TO SAY,

"YEAH, BUT THERE'S THAT 1%

THAT SAYS:

THAT THERE'S NO AMBUSH,

SO TO HELL:

WITH THE OTHER 99%.

WE'RE GONNA

KEEP GOING DOWN THE ROAD."

I MEAN, THAT'S NEGLIGENCE

ON AN UNFATHOMABLE SCALE.

THAT'S THE DEBATE

WE'RE HAVING RIGHT NOW

WITH REGARD TO CLIMATE.

THE OVERWHELMING CONSENSUS

IS WE ARE FACING

A MASSIVE RISK.

CLIMATE CHANGE IS HAPPENING.

WE'VE GOT TO DECIDE WHETHER

WE'RE GOING TO ACT ON IT OR NOT.

AND THAT CHOICE:

HAS CONSEQUENCES.

[FRANCESCO FEMIA]

CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS

THE BASIC RESOURCES

THAT ARE NECESSARY

FOR HUMANS TO SURVIVE

AND FOR NATIONS TO CONTINUE.

AS WE SEE OUR RESOURCES

STRESSED SIGNIFICANTLY,

WE'RE GONNA SEE SOME

UNPRECEDENTED CHANGES

THAT WE HAVE TO PREPARE FOR.

THE RISKS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

IMPACT ON EVERY FACET OF LIFE.

THEY IMPACT ON EVERY FACE OF NATIONAL SECURITY

AND OF INTERNATIONAL SECURITY.

THAT MAKES INSTABILITY.

THAT MAKES CONFLIC MUCH MORE LIKELY.

[CHRISTIAN PARENTI]

THE FIRST TIME I THOUGHT ABOU CLIMATE CHANGE AND VIOLENCE

WAS IN AFGHANISTAN

WHILE RESEARCHING OPIUM POPPY

FROM WHICH HEROIN IS MADE.

EVERY TIME:

I INTERVIEWED FARMERS,

THEY SAID, "PART OF WHY

WE GROW THIS CROP

IS BECAUSE:

IT'S DROUGHT-RESISTANT."

TURNS OUT AFGHANISTAN

IS GOING THROUGH THE WORS DROUGHT IN LIVING MEMORY,

AND POPPY USES ONE FIFTH

THE AMOUNT OF WATER

THAT WHEAT USES.

THE KARZAI GOVERNMEN WERE ERADICATING POPPY.

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Jared P. Scott

Jared P. Scott is an American documentary writer, director, and producer. His feature films include The Age of Consequences, Requiem for the American Dream, Disruption, and Do the Math. more…

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