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UN Climate Conference - Natural Disaster

Temperature of the Earth Will Rise 4 Centigrades By The Year 2100

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

Roughly a month after the superstorm Sandy struck the East Coast of the US, the United Nations Climate Conference is coming to an end today in Doha, Qatar with little in terms of results.

The Conference was given a backdrop by recent publications by the World Bank (“Turn Down The Heat”) as well as the European Energy Agency (“Climate Change, Impacts And Vulnerability In Europe 2012”) that paint a grim picture of the future. Without any action the world’s mean temperature will probably rise about 4 degrees by the end of this century. The likelihood of this rise is also present even though precautions are taken. This warming would result in a sea level rise of up to a meter, an increase in tropical cyclone intensity as well as increased aridity and drought.

In light of these publications, the Climate Conference was hoped to come up with tangible results that would help the world tackle climate change. In previous conferences, there had been pledges from wealthy nations of providing financing for poor countries in order to help them move towards cleaner energy, but these commitments have not been followed through.

Last year in Durban, the world’s delegates set a self-imposed deadline of 2015 for carving out a new carbon emission treaty, but this year does not seem to get us any closer to one. The US and the EU seem reluctant to announce new emission reduction targets, whereas the current ones are seen by observers as inadequate. There have been accusations that rich nations, who are primarily responsible for the current level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, are unwilling to do their part in cutting emissions, while demanding that poor nations limit their carbon footprint.

Despite these discouraging reports and lackluster proceedings of the summit, some experts do say that reaching only a 2-degree warming target is still possible if the right measures are taken. This is supported by for example the fact that last year global investments in renewable energies were greater than those in fossil fuels. Moreover, solar energy is becoming much more affordable, making it a real alternative in some of the sun-bathed nations of Africa and Asia. But these positive developments must be combined with decisive and serious commitments to fight climate change from all nations and citizens of the world.

We invite you to watch the following films related to climate change and novel solutions that could help tackle it:
  • BURNING IN THE SUN by Cambria Matlow and Morgan Robinson tells the story of Daniel’s journey growing the budding idea into a viable company, and of the business’ impact on Daniel’s first customers in the tiny village of Banko.  Taking controversial stances on climate change, poverty, and African self-sufficiency, the film explores what it means to grow up as a man, and what it takes to prosper as a nation. BURNING IN THE SUN won the Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award 2012.
  • WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? by Chris Paine is an important film with an important message that not only calls to task the officials who squelched the Zero Emission Vehicle mandate, but all of the other accomplices, government, the car companies, Big Oil, even Eco-darling Hydrogen as well as consumers, who turned their backs on the car and embrace embracing instead the SUV. The documentary investigates the death and resurrection of the electric car.
  • SUN COME UP by Jennifer Redfearn follows the relocation of some of the world's first environmental refugees, the Carteret Islanders - a community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean. When rising seas threaten their survival, the islanders face a painful decision: they must leave their beloved land in search of a new place to call home.
  • CARBON NATION by Peter Byck is a film about technological- and community-based energy solutions to the growing worldwide carbon footprint. Rather than highlighting the problems with use of fossil fuels, Carbon Nation presents a series of ways in which the 16 terawatts of energy the world consumes can be met while reducing or eliminating carbon-based sources.
  • THE AGE OF STUPID by Franny Armstrong is a film set in the future, where an archivist looks at old footage from the year 2008 to understand why humankind failed to address climate change.
  • THE 11th HOUR by Leila & Nadia Conners is a look at the state of the global environment including visionary and practical solutions for restoring the planet's ecosystems. Leonardo DiCaprio won the first International Green Film award for his environmental efforts, including the 11th Hour.
  • THE ISLAND PRESIDENT by Jon Shenk recounts the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, who fights to keep his low-lying island nation from disappearing under the sea.


"Burning in the Sun" by Cambria Matlow and Morgan Robinson, Cinema for Peace International Green Film Award 2012


"Who Killed the Electric Car?" by Chris Paine


"Carbon Nation" by Peter Byck


"The Age of Stupid" by Franny Armstrong


"The 11th Hour" by Leonardo DiCaprio


"The Island President" by Jon Shenk