"The Age of Consequences" Film Screening

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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The Loft Cinema
Gary Krivokapich, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
Edward Beshore, Citizens' Climate Lobby
Austin Yamada, Director, UA Defense and Security Research Institute

The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth in The Age of Consequences, a new documentary investigating the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of U.S. national security and global stability.

Through unflinching case-study analysis, distinguished admirals, general and military veterans take us beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis – and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather, and sea-level rise function as “accelerants of instability” and “catalysts for conflict” in volatile regions of the world. These Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that if we go on with business as usual, the consequences of climate change – waves of refugees, failed states, terrorism – will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century. The film’s unnerving assessment is by no means reason for fatalism – but 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.

Admission is free. The film is co-sponsored by The Loft Cinema and the Citizens' Climate Lobby, and will be followed by a panel discussion with community and UA experts in climate change and national security.

Research Themes: 
Climate and Adaptation
Water resources
Food security
Water conflicts