The Age of Consequences

Climate. Change. Conflict.

"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.

This film has a very good introduction and presents a lot of archive footage. Unfortunately, it lacks any positive courses for action.

Director(s): Jared P. Scott
Script: Jared P. Scott
Production: Kelly Nyks, Jared P. Scott, Sophie Robinson
Music: Malcolm Francis
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
Year: 2016
Duration: 80 min
Picture format: 16:9
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: India, Russia, United States, Egypt, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Jordan, Syria, Afghanistan, Macedonia
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Main topic(s): Climate
Secondary topics: food security renewables fossil fuel climate migration natural disasters politics
Mentions: Syria drought military civil war refugees climate refugees resource scarcity climate change pentagon national security war conflict opium desertification social unrest heat wave land grabbing
Topic Page(s): Climate

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