A new hard-hitting documentary draws parallels between the climate crisis and worldwide social unrest.
Could modern civilization break down? Yes, of course it could. Those who reject such a claim, deeming it ‘alarmist, ought to watch The Age of Consequences.
Let us start on August 23rd, 2005 as New Orleans is hit by Hurricane Katrina. The ensuing flood led to chaos, threatening both safety precautions and society’s ability to regulate itself. What would have happened if several US cities had been hit simultaneously? Could things have spiralled completely out of control, whereby state and civil authorities would have lost their stabilising powers? When such questions are asked, it is easy to assume that they are being posed by environmentalists and green politicians. This time however, the worrying messages arrive from unexpected corners, making it something more urgent to listen to.
Unstable nature. Many assume that the degree of wealth and societal stability is dependent on oil profits, military systems etc – but such thinking only scratches the surface. Society’s long term stability is far more decisive, anchored in state organisations, democratic politics and well-functioning societal and economic structures. However, these factors however are dependent on something much more profound: the stability of nature. This stability is necessary in order for the establishment and long-term existence of sustainable societies. This also holds true for humankind as a whole. During the course of 12,000 years, we have developed outside the framework of a balanced and thus predictable natural habitat.
«There are indications that this state has passed, and that the consequences will grow in strength in the years to come.»
Although Carl I. Hagen pretends otherwise, the climate debate moved a long time ago from questioning whether climate changes are real to more practical questions on the risks we are facing – plus how and with which measures we are able to carry out green change. This is the area where The Age of Consequences posits itself, providing a voice for players other than the ones we normally hear. Testimony and interviews with US military personnel create an important backdrop for the story that unfolds on the screen.
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