Tuesday, March 22, 2011

David Attenborough - Climate Change - Part 2

Part 2 starts with David Attenborough simplifying the scientific predictions "To put it another way, the impact of global warming will be somewhere between severe and catastrophic".

It's a stark beginning, but an accurate one, as the documentary switches between an average western family going about their energy-hungry lifestyle, and the dire consequences that result - such as the arctic which has already lost ice 5 times the size area of the UK (or twice that of Texas).

"But one thing is certain - if we do nothing we'll end up in deep water." Though most of the sea level rise will take time (for all that ice to melt) even in the next 50 years, it is expected to displace 150 million people. So it was understandable that he became a bit negative - pondering that
I think if you had to look in your grandchildren's eyes and say "I knew that it was going to happen but I didn't bother to do anything about it" - that would be a terrible thing.
but it generally had an optimistic theme of saving the future.
We still have time. There are ways to minimise these changes if we all choose now to adopt them. But the next few years will be crucial. If we miss our chance, the future may be grim indeed for life on planet earth.

[See my review of Part 1]

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