This Changes Everything

Filmed in nine countries over four years, This Changes Everything re-imagines the vast challenge of climate change. Arranged jointly by SCAN and the Swindon Film Society, this film was shown in the Central Library on 28th January. Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can use climate change as an opportunity to transform our failed economic system into something much better. Over the course of 90 minutes, viewers will meet: Crystal, a young indigenous leader in Tar Sands country, as she fights[…]

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What is climate change?

Fossil fuels contain carbon which has been buried in the ground for millions of years. When burnt, the carbon is released into the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide , a colourless odourless gas. Carbon dioxide is one of the gasses known as greenhouse gasses , so-called because they trap the sun’s heat within the atmosphere in much the same way as the glass in a greenhouse traps the heat. As the concentration of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere increases, the global temperature rises. The effects of this are wide ranging, and include: Melting of polar ice caps and glaciers in mountainous regions Desertification Rising sea levels due to melted ice Reduced albedo of the planet due to melted ice Flooding due to melting of glaciers Flooding due to increased sea levels More extreme weather, like Hurricane Katrina Collectively, these effects are known as climate change. Our planet exists in[…]

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