free screening, Wed., Jan. 25, 6:30-8:30 pm
THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES
CLIMATE. CHANGE. CONFLICT.
followed by Q & A with Exec. Producer SOPHIE ROBINSON
Haller Hall (102), Geological Museum
24 Oxford St., Cambridge (map)
The Age of Consequences investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, generals, and military veterans take us beyond the
headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis – 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, drought, extreme weather, and sea-level rise function as ‘accelerants of instability’ and ‘catalysts for conflict’ in volatile regions of the world. These Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that if we go on with business as usual, the consequences of climate change – waves of refugees, failed states, terrorism – will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century. The film’s unnerving assessment is by no means reason for fatalism – but instead a call to action to rethink how we use and produce energy. As in any military defense and security strategy, time is our most precious resource. Watch the trailer.
Co-sponsored with Operation Free. Free and open to the public. Pizza and beverages will be provided.