The movie “The Impact of Global Warming” was a convincing portrayal of the numerous effects that Global warming can have on our planet. Even more, the movie demonstrates that some of the issues are already unfolding, ready to claim their victims. After investigating threatening phenomena from different corners of the world and raising the flags in Africa, Alaska, USA, Ethiopia and Bangladesh, the documentary grasps immediate attention and asks for solutions and alternatives.
Fishing is a central part not only of Alaska’s cultural background, but also of its economy. However, the movie reports that “the times of plenty seems to be over”, especially as far as salmon is concerned. A local fisherman shares with disappointment: “Big fat salmon is gone.” The temperature of the water has risen with 0,6oC and while this may not seem a lot to us, it is significant for fish in certain regions. This causes the tradition to gradually fade and stands for the economic difficulties as there is reported decline in salmon catch by one tenth.
Still enjoying the beauty and wilderness of Alaska, the crew of this documentary cannot but show us that many areas of the forests are diseased because of the insect Spruce Beetle. Normally, the creature would be seen in much warmer areas, but now, because of the onset of global warming, it is eating Alaska’s forests. Besides, now the insects are capable of reproducing much faster because of the temperatures (which appear to be ultimate for its survival).
Next, the cameras’ focus moves to Montana, US – probably the most untouched and pristine region in the whole United States that is known for having many glaciers. However, many of the glaciers are now lost for good. A retrospect from the last 150 years reveals that about one half of the pure glaciers are now gone. Seeing fewer and fewer glaciers is easily explained by the higher average temperatures, especially in the summer season. Looking at the same photograph points, but in different time periods, one can see the huge ice masses gradually disappearing…A sad fact indeed.
Yet, it is not only the wilderness, but also the highly populated beaches and coastal areas that suffer the effects of global warming. Many areas are at risk of being
severely flooded. In case of a hurricane, the cities get easily under water. In addition to this, there is even more erosion and in more rapid rates. The documentary interviews people whose homes got flooded and almost destroyed. As the movie points out, trillions of dollars in real estate only are at risk, primarily because of the effects of global warming.
Afterward, the movie tells the story of Bangladesh, a highly populated area of mainly farmers and people who have no other place to go. The huge amounts of rainfalls and flooding only add more pain and misery to the life of the poor population that does not have the means to fight the hazards of nature. Of course, while the most highly developed nations are responsible for the emissions of C2O in the atmosphere, it is the poor nations that have to pay for it first, with the highest of price – human life.
The movie, next, points out that global warming does not only have environmental impacts, but also affects our health, as well as the health of our children, who are the most vulnerable part of the human population. Nowadays we are witnessing an asthma epidemic that claims more and more victims and that seems to be related to pollution and higher amounts of C2O in the atmosphere. In addition, global warming encourages very dangerous pests and bacteria to conquer more and more new territories. In this way, Etiopia was, quite recently, attacked by a Malaria epidemic. Such cases could be severe, considering that the local population does not have immunity for the disease and has hardly ever expected such an enemy to attack. This, the authors of the movie remind us, is not confined in Africa only, but is a general phenomenon.
The “Impact of Global warming” really makes us realize the fact that global warming is not only universal, but it is also all-inclusive. Just like a cancer on our planet, it affects each and every one of us and is quite capable of reaching every field of human activity and, therefore, should never be underestimated, ignored or denied as the burning issue and main challenge of our time.