How and why is climate change shaping our lives? Thin Ice and Disruption

Shuswap Environmental Action Society
Press Release
September 19, 2014

On Tuesday, September 30th, Shuswap residents will be able to find out the answers to these questions. In support of the global initiative to put pressure on political leaders and as a follow-up to the Sept. 20th climate change march, the Shuswap Environmental Action Society (SEAS) is sponsoring two important films about climate change.

At 7:00 pm, the Salmar Classic Theatre, at 360 Alexander St. in Salmon Arm, will be the venue for this significant community event. The two documentary films will show the real story about climate change.

The first, Thin Ice, samples the vast array of field science behind global warming. And it shows how those who deny that it is happening and deny that human society is responsible for the warming are tragically wrong.The second documentary, Disruption, was created especially for the lead-up to the United Nations’ emergency summit meeting on global climate change on September 23rd. The film reveals why the one of largest ever demonstrations of public concern about global warming occurred all over the world, in advance of this historic meeting of world leaders in New York City.

“Climate change is accelerating faster than predicted and we are already seeing the impacts, from droughts, to forest fires, to severe storms, dying forests, melting ice and rising sea levels, explained Jim Cooperman. “And our region is not immune from these impacts, as we are witnessing more flooding, landslides and wildfires, thus it is imperative that all local citizens gain more knowledge about the issues so they too can help with the efforts to create positive changes,” he added.

Following the films, there will be a facilitated discussion led by Warren Bell, local family physician and founding president (in 1995) of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). CAPE, now a 5500-member national organization, has become the voice of Canadian medicine on environmental issues.

“We look forward to having citizens of all ages from throughout the region attend the event and joining in on the community dialogue that can play a role in changing the way we conduct our lives, and thus put more pressure on all our leaders to behave responsibly towards future generations,” said Warren Bell.

Admission to the two films on September 30th at 7pm at the Salmar Classic will be by donation.

For further information contact: Rich Thorne, 832-8569 or Warren Bell 250-833-7615.

Thin Ice

Climate science has been coming under increasing attack. Geologist Simon Lamb takes a look at what’s really happening with global warming by filming scientists at work in the Arctic, the Antarctic and around the world.
The result is a unique exploration of the science behind global warming and an intimate portrait of a global community of researchers racing to understand our planet’s changing climate.

The beginning
The Thin Ice project began over a cup of coffee at a climate change and governance conference in Wellington in 2006. Peter Barrett (Victoria University) suggested to Simon Lamb (then at Oxford University) that he make a film about the science of climate change with his friend David Sington (DOX Productions)
The idea was to let people see an insider’s view of the astonishing range of human activity and scientific work needed to understand the world’s changing climate. Viewers would then be able to decide individually and collectively how to deal with the issue.

What they did
Simon and David talked to researchers on four continents as they explained their work measuring changes in the atmosphere, oceans and ice sheets. They also discovered how scientists use computer models to understand the effects of those changes.

Global launch
The global launch of Thin Ice on Earth Day 2013 was a huge success. With the generous support of students, teachers, academics, scientists, and the public, Thin Ice was screened in over 200 locations around the world on that day. An additional 19,000 online viewings were made. People watched the film in at least 120 countries, on all seven continents – from Antarctica and Mongolia to Libya and Peru, Thin Ice reached around the world.


When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?’

Through a relentless investigation to find the answer, Disruption takes an unflinching look at the devastating consequences of our inaction.

The exploration lays bare the terrifying science, the shattered political process, the unrelenting industry special interests and the civic stasis that have brought us to this social, moral and ecological crossroads.The film also takes us behind-the-scenes of the efforts to organize the largest climate rally in the history of the planet during the UN world climate summit.

This is the story of our unique moment in history. We are living through an age of tipping points and rapid social and planetary change. We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it. The film enlarges the issue beyond climate impacts and makes a compelling call for bold action that is strong enough to tip the balance to build a clean energy future.

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