Review of Age of Consequences, Food for Thought in January

Food for Thought: Do Not Resist

At Honest Weight’s January “Food For Thought” event, The Age of Consequences, a documentary that explores the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration, and conflict, was viewed by about 50 people at The Linda.

Through the lens of U.S. national security and global stability, the film examines how climate change stresses social systems and can even spark conflict. Using a case-study analysis, with admirals, generals and military veterans, the film examines how societal tensions such as the conflict in Syria, the unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups such as ISIS, and the European refugee crisis are exacerbated by climate change.

Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film shows 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. Pentagon insiders make a compelling case that, if we go on with business as usual, some of the major social consequences of climate change – such as the waves of refugees, terrorism, and failed states – will continue to grow in both scale and frequency, with grave implication for peace and security.

The film’s unnerving assessment is by no means reason for fatalism, but instead a call to action – and to re-think how we use and produce energy. As in any military defense strategy, time is our most precious resource.

The panel discussion after the film was a lively exchange of ideas about actions, focused on the consequences of the lack of political leadership to create a different way for our world.

The next Food for Thought event will be held at The Linda (339 Central Avenue), on March 16. The film, Do Not Resist, will be shown at 7 pm, followed by a panel discussion. Please join us!

Bob Ross has been a member of Honest Weight since 1979. He serves on the Nutrition and Education Committee, the Finance Committee and works with Outreach on the Food for Thought documentary series.