Documentary Investigates Plight of Millions of 'Climate Refugees' (Video)
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The changing climate is causing upheaval and unrest on a large scale--rising sea levels, more severe storms and flooding, and worse droughts are already rendering populated parts of the world uninhabitable. In some places, this is occurring just around, oh, right now. In order to raise awareness of their plight documentarian Michael Nash has created the film Climate Refugees. It's an apolitical (interviews from both John Kerry and Newt Gingrich are included) look not at the intricacies of the science or government policy, but at what's physically happening right now due to climate change. Trailer's after the jump.
Even the trailer goes a long way in putting a human face on climate change. Here's what the director himself has said about the project (via the Daily Camera):
The human face of climate change really is an untold story and the very reason I felt the need to investigate. When I started this journey three years ago, there was very little data on climatic migration. There seemed to be a vast amount of spin on both sides of the climate change issue. I wanted to move beyond the politics and dig into the truth of whether our climate was really changing and if it was, how was it affecting humans? What I found was mass climatic migration. Victims forced to relocate, unable to live on the land, either from short-term or long-term climatic changes. Our changing climate seems to be all about water: too much in some areas and too little in others.Here's the movie poster:
The film was an official selection at this year's Sundance Film Festival. I look forward to the wide release--projects like this are of greater importance now than ever before.