The last film in the Earth Care Series at First Christian Church for this season will be “The Age of Consequences,” a feature film written and directed by Jaren P. Scott and presented by Gravitas Ventures and PF Pictures.
This film investigates how climate change impacts resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.
Distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines, unpacking how drought, extreme weather, water and food shortages and sea level rise can all function as accelerants of instability or conflict.
These Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that, if left unchecked, these threats and risks will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century. Military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the European refugee crisis, the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups ISIS, and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict.
The film brings to the forefront how quickly the citizens of a country can become wandering refugees. While modern day Americans have had little actual conflict on home soil, the film points how vulnerable we are and how easily we too could find ourselves in a migrating refugee situation.
The film’s unnerving assessment is by no means reason for fatalism however but is 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. Let’s not waste it and act now for change.
The film will show on Sunday, Aug. 26, at the First Christian Church of Morro Bay in the hall at 2 p.m. Popcorn for the movie and discussion afterward.