Climate Change: This Changes Everything

There is a scientific consensus that does in fact warn us how climate change is a tangible threat, and is advancing in a way that portends to change everything.  If you are unsure of how climate change affects you, maybe it is time to educate yourself. For your interest and education, we present a selection of streaming videos and books that may be found in our collection.  Learn before you discern!

 

This Changes Everything (NFB Video)

Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. 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 seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

Link: https://www-nfb-ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2047/film/this_changes_everything/

 

Why we disagree about climate change : understanding controversy, inaction and opportunity (Book)

Climate change is not ‘a problem’ waiting for ‘a solution’. It is an environmental, cultural and political phenomenon which is re-shaping the way we think about ourselves, our societies and humanity’s place on Earth. Drawing upon twenty-five years of professional work as an international climate change scientist and public commentator, Mike Hulme provides a unique insider’s account of the emergence of this phenomenon and the diverse ways in which it is understood. He uses different standpoints from science, economics, faith, psychology, communication, sociology, politics and development to explain why we disagree about climate change. In this way he shows that climate change, far from being simply an ‘issue’ or a ‘threat’, can act as a catalyst to revise our perception of our place in the world. Why We Disagree About Climate Change is an important contribution to the ongoing debate over climate change and its likely impact on our lives.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=108948

 

Beyond Smoke and Mirrors: Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century (Book)

Global climate change is one of the most important issues humanity faces today. This updated, second edition assesses the sensible, senseless and biased proposals for averting the potentially disastrous consequences of global warming, allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions on switching to more sustainable energy provision. Burton Richter is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who has served on many US and international review committees on climate change and energy issues. He provides a concise overview of our knowledge and uncertainties within climate change science, discusses current energy demand and supply patterns, and the energy options available to cut emissions of greenhouse gases. Written in non-technical language, this book presents a balanced view of options for moving from our heavy reliance on fossil fuels into a much more sustainable energy system, and is accessible to a wide range of readers without scientific backgrounds – students, policymakers and the concerned citizen.

Link: http://icarus.rrc.ca/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=125211

 

The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning (Curio Video)

This devastating documentary offers a huge reality check on climate change in Antarctica. It outlines the scary recent phenomenon of suicide among penguins, the imminent rise of the world’s sea level due to ice melting, startling new data on the ozone hole and how vegetation is now growing in the world’s largest desert. These new discoveries were considered so valuable that this film became the only one invited by the United Nations to screen to world leaders during the COP15 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December 2009.

Link: http://curio.ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2048/en/video/the-antarctica-challenge-a-global-warning-1425/

 

Climate Change: Worst-Case Scenario (Curio Video)

Meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe explains the latest research on melting sea ice.

Link: http://curio.ca.athena.rrc.mb.ca:2048/en/video/climate-change-worst-case-scenario-7115/