The Age of Consequences
Climate. Change. Conflict.
Official film description
"The Hurt Locker" meets "An Inconvenient Truth", "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.
Notes on the film
This film has a very good introduction and presents a lot of archive footage. Unfortunately, it lacks any positive courses for action.
“The Age of Consequences,” the latest work by documentary filmmaker Jared P. Scott, taps retired military leaders and diplomats for their views regarding the effects of climate change on global unrest and, in turn, how that affects the United States. – Terry Mikesell, The Columbus Dispatch
Eye-opening... made with cinematic polish. – The Hollywood Reporter
A wake up call. – Indiewire
Investigates climate change impacts in a new way. – NBC
Deftly weaves together a web of causalities and consequences. – State of the Arts
The election of climate denier Donald Trump underscores the urgency of this doc. – Toronto Star
Scott relentlessly and stylishly offers a hard reality. – The Golbe and Mail
Best Environmental Film – New York WILD Film Festival 2017
Technical information and screening rights...
|Director(s):||Jared P. Scott|
|Script:||Jared P. Scott|
|Production:||Kelly Nyks, Jared P. Scott, Sophie Robinson|
|Actors:||Michael Breen, Sharon Burke, Stephen Cheney, Francesco Femia, Leon Fuerth, Sherri Goodman, Markus D. King, Munir Muniruzzaman, Christian Parenti, Richard Seager, Timothy Snyder, Gordon Sullivan, David Titley, Madeleine Albright, Solomon Hsiang, Ray Mabus, George Schultz|
|Country of origin:||United States|
|Shooting Locations:||India, Russia, United States, Egypt, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Jordan, Syria, Afghanistan, Macedonia|