Hot Docs 2016: The Age of Consequences

Climate change is just one part of a complex web of consequences in The Age of Consequences. Climate change has an impact on every aspect of life, including some ways that we do not expect. Award-winning filmmaker Jared P. Scott breaks down how climate change has contributed to an increase of conflict, poverty, and migration, which might eventually lead to the end of civilization as we know it.

The Age of Consequences is a film that essentially plays six degrees of separation, in regards to the connection climate change has with some very serious societal issues. For instance, ISIS rose to power in Syria during a three year drought, taking control of the country’s water supplies. These lead to further issues, such as how we are currently in the worst refugee crisis since World War II, and the effects can eventually lead to a full collapse of civilization.

There is much doom and gloom at play in The Age of Consequences, which sets out to connect climate change with pretty much every bad thing happening on the planet. While, it does take a different perspective of the climate change debate, The Age of Consequences maybe takes its scare tactics a little too far. In fact, the film offers a solution to the problem, which should be common sense by now. If these solutions are hitting deaf ears, I am not sure that an apocalyptic web of consequences is best way to get the powers that be to listen.

7 / 10 stars

Sean Kelly Author

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).