By academy award-winning director Charles Ferguson.
Wednesday evening, the University of Denver’s school of hospitality management, the Sierra Club, and Net Impact co-hosted a screening of the film Time to Choose by academy award-winning director Charles Ferguson. The event started at 5:00pm with networking, cocktails, and movie snacks. Everything was free and open to the whole community.
The film consisted of three distinct parts.
Part I: Coal & Electricity
The first part of the film focuses on the not only environmental consequences of obtaining the coal we use for electricity, but also the human health dangers. According to both the film and the New York Times, air pollution kills more than 5.5 million people around the world every year1. This part concludes with the hopeful potential of a future dependent on renewable energy instead of non-renewable energy.
Part II: Oil & Gas
The second part of the film discusses the social and economic ramifications of corrupt government involvement in the oil and gas industries, especially in third world countries such as Nigeria.
Part III: Land & Food
The final part of the film is about agriculture’s major contribution to climate change. More than 1/3 of the world’s land is used for agriculture. Agriculture is one of the leading causes of climate change. The livestock industry alone is responsible for more than 51% of the world’s greenhouse gases.
Time to Change emphasizes that we already possess the technology necessary to combat climate change, but we consider it too big of a task to take on. Like the title of the film suggests, the full consequences of climate change are a ticking time bomb, so it’s best we act now before it’s too late.