Disruption: a Unique View of the Effects of Climate Change
In the past few years, there have been plenty of documentaries about climate change and global warming. Although the objective of such films is to convince people of the need to protect the environment and our livelihood, sometimes it seems like the theme has exhausted itself. How is can one approach the subject in a new way? This is the challenge for any film director who wants to make a new film about climate change.
Filmmakers Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott have found a way to tell the story in a fresh manner. Their documentary about climate change, released online in 2014, is called “Disruption” and takes a unique point of view. Instead of trying to convince people to act alone towards the cause, the documentary mobilised the viewers to join a political march on the 21st of September of 2014, all around the world.
The story behind “Disruption”
It all started when environmental, labour and social justice groups planned the biggest climate march in history. The event was scheduled for the eve of a major climate summit at the United Nations, in Manhattan. Their primary objective was to capture the attention of world leaders and to draw worldwide attention to the existing and future threats of changing weather patterns. All around the world, in London, Rio de Janeiro, Melbourne and Delhi, thousands of people joined this march, protesting for a greener world.
The “Disruption” documentary was the main tool used to mobilise people to join the event. Before that, the organisers of the march had already financed ad campaigns in the New York and London subways through leaflets and posters. The documentary is 52 minutes long and talks about the climate crisis and appeals to the citizens, inciting them to push political leaders to take action.
“Disruption” starts with archival footage from the Apollo 8 lunar mission. The Earth rises over the horizon of the Moon, beautiful and serene; abruptly, we see recent images of storms and catastrophes provoked by global warming. The quote “The world hasn’t ended. But the world as we know it has” appears, transmitting an effective message.
The film starts 100 days before the September 21st demonstrations, acting as a countdown to the protest. In addition to showing the effects of climate change, “Disruption” also shows the planning of the march: organisers’ meetings, build-up rallies, and town hall-style events. We accompany the team.
Learn about the effects of climate change
With striking cinematography with stock footage and impassioned testimonials, “Disruption” is both an eye-opening look at an unattractive future, as well as a motivational piece on how to develop that future.
As expected, we hear many different voices on the topic: specialists on climate change, authors and academics, scientists and community organisers. All of them portray a world where we live in, pointing out that weather patterns are an issue of global concern. Oil companies and other environment-damaging operations are critiqued: Money cannot be more important than the health of our planet.
Before the credits roll, the filmmakers made a final appeal, encouraging those with environmental concerns to join their movement at a time when “the whole world will be watching.”
So, why should you watch this documentary? If you are just beginning to be interested in the climate crisis, you must watch because it is very instructive. However, if you’re already supporting the cause, you should also watch the film as a reminder of the urgency and importance of acting and changing our economic structures.