Canada is fast becoming the leading global example of what can happen when climate politics meet the traditional energy industry. It has the third largest known reserves of oil and gas on the planet and could provide affordable, reliable energy to many parts of the world, but it's not. It's not even producing enough for its people. It is a country living a potentially tragic story of climate politics with important messages for people everywhere who are ready to see a new way forward.
Documentary : Politics and Social Issues
PG 99 min
Directed by Mathew Embry
Produced by Peter Beyak
Featuring: Catherine Abreu, Ian Clark, Patrick Moore, Gwyn Morgan, Stephen O'Neill, Ray Owl, John Perkins, Danielle Smith, Fritz Vahrenholt, Robert Watson, and others
When climate change politics have a devastating social and economic impact on his hometown, internationally acclaimed filmmaker Mathew Embry goes searching for answers and discovers a divided nation living a cautionary tale of climate politics for the whole world.
Why what's happening in Calgary, Canada should matter to everyone
Calgary is located in Western Canada near the majestic Rocky Mountains. It has just over 1.5M people and is the center of Canada's energy industry. Today, it is living the effects of climate politics like possibly no other city on the planet. Canada is implementing aggressive environmental policies that are shutting down much of its traditional energy industry. Billions of dollars of investment have left and thousands of jobs have been vacated due to stalled industry. The city is at a crossroads with much of its future dependent on forces outside of its control. While the effects of climate politics on Calgary are obvious, the story is much bigger. It will have a dramatic impact on all Canadians and should be a cautionary tale for people all around the world.
Why was Leonardo DiCaprio in Alberta?
The Tar Sands Campaign was a deliberate and devastating public relations strategy implemented by powerful environmental groups to shut down the development of Canada's vast oil sands. Their manifesto expressly stated they would engage celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and others to speak out against Canada's oil and gas industry. DiCaprio and the authors of The Tar Sands Campaign declined to be interviewed but Global Warning went to Canada's oil sands so you can see what it's really like for yourselves.
Is an honest conversation about renewables being blocked?
Hailed as the solution to fighting climate change, many countries invested huge amounts of money into renewables, particularly solar and wind. We can now see from experience that these proposed energy solutions aren't working as intended. In fact, they are causing many problems on their own yet governments continue to push the renewable agenda forward while most people have no idea what's really happening. Global Warning interviewed prominent climate scientists and industry experts that aren't being represented by mainstream media. Is the world as close to a feasible alternative to fossil fuels as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) would like us to believe?
Greenpeace v Patrick Moore
Politics and public relations have taken over the climate debate. Often the voices with the most money behind them are the voices that get heard the most in mainstream media. But that's often not the full story. Greenpeace was part of the campaign against Canadian oil and gas. Dr. Patrick Moore was one of Greenpeace's first members. While Greenpeace was becoming one of the most influential activist organizations in the world, Dr. Moore left as in his words he says "he didn't like what it was turning into."
More about the film's purpose
Global Warning offers a much needed balanced approach to the climate change debate. The film is set in the home of Canada’s energy industry where the debate is having more impact than perhaps anywhere in the world. Audiences are swept into private meetings at a UN Climate Conference in Bonn, Germany, behind the scenes before a pivotal US Congress hearing in Washington DC, then to Canada’s vast oil sands and First Nations into the offices of some of the top experts to explore the issues. In-depth interviews, compelling characters and little known science, Global Warning will connect with those ready for a new journey into the climate debate that may challenge their own perspectives on this highly polarizing topic.