CLIMATE EMERGENCY: FEEDBACK LOOPS
CLIMATE EMERGENCY: FEEDBACK LOOPS
Documentary, Short, Science; Climate
Subtitled in 32 languages and narrated by Richard Gere, Climate Emergency: Feedback Loops is a series of five short films, featuring twelve leading climate scientists, that explores how human-caused emissions are triggering nature’s own warming loops. We submit the five shorts to your festival (total 57:44) for screening of any or all of the films. The film series had its official launch with the Dalai Lama, Greta Thunberg and world-renowned scientists in a webcast, “The Dalai Lama with Greta Thunberg and Leading Scientists: A Conversation on the Crisis of Climate Feedback Loops.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9GXgOMMeTg While scientists stay up worrying about this most dangerous aspect of climate change, the public has little awareness or understanding of feedback loops. Climate change discussion at all levels of society largely leaves out the most critical dynamic of climate change itself. It is urgent we remedy this. The first film in the series, Introduction (13:09), provides an overview of the feedback loop problem. The four other short films explore important climate feedback mechanisms: Forests (14:10), Permafrost (10:55), Atmosphere (8:45) and Albedo (10:35). Greenhouse gases from fossil fuels, such as carbon dioxide and methane, are warming the planet. This warming is then setting in motion dozens of feedback mechanisms, which then feed upon themselves, as well as interact with each other and spiral further out of control. These processes are rapidly accelerating climate change. An example of a climate feedback loop is the melting of the permafrost. In the Northern Hemisphere, permafrost makes up nearly 25% of the landmass. As heat-trapping emissions warm the Earth, this frozen tundra is melting. As it does, large amounts of carbon dioxide and methane are released, which further warm the planet, melting more permafrost in a self-perpetuating loop. Human activity kicks off these feedback loops, but once set in motion, they become self-sustaining. The danger is that this process reaches a tipping point beyond which it is extremely difficult to recover. This is why it is urgent to reduce greenhouse gas emissions so we can slow, halt and even reverse these feedbacks and cool the planet.
Selections and Awards:
The Dalai Lama with Greta Thunberg and Leading Scientists: A Conversation on the Crisis of Climate Feedback Loops (First link under "News and Reviews" - three clips starting at 27:25) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9GXgOMMeTg online January 10, 2021 Yes, three clips shown starting at 27:25 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capitol Washington, D.C. March 25, 2021 Finalist United States Worldfest-Houston International Film Festival Houston, TX April 22, 2021 Platinum Remi Award United States Krakow Green Film Festival Krakow August 15, 2021 Official Selection Poland Nature Without Borders International Film Festival Nassau June 6, 2021 Award of Excellence United States Weengushk International Film Festival M'Chigeeng July 8, 2021 Official Selection Canada Florida Environmental Film Festival Sarasota, FL June 12, 2021 Official Selection United States Documentary Film Festival Toronto August 24, 2021 Official Selection Canada Toronto Independent Film Festival of Cift Toronto February 2, 2021 Official Selection Canada Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History Washington, D.C. United States Boston Film Festival Boston, MA September 23, 2021 United States International Migration & Enviromental Film Festival Toronto October 9, 2021 Canada SUNCINE Environmental Film Festival Barcelona Spain Wildlife Conservation Film Festival New York, NY United States Bright International Film Festival London Best Web Series United Kingdom