In the new documentary Time To Choose, director Charles Ferguson posits that there is a way to change the trajectory of climate change. The tools for arresting a dismal future are already in play, being pushed forward by innovators and thinkers who recognize the pressing need.
For me, the biggest take away from the information-packed narrative, was the unvarnished greed of a select few. Their agenda keeps the majority mired in poverty, lacking energy equity, and sick with chemically induced illnesses.
The movie is predicated on a breakdown of the prime engines
of climate change:
*Burning Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas
*Deforestation and Industrial Agriculture.
Estimates predict that by 2050 we will have reached the tipping point. Ferguson drives home the theme that the "next six to 10 years are crucial."
Two-thirds of global warming is the result of burning fossil fuels. A shift to renewables is essential, leaving untapped fuels in the earth.
As California Gov. Jerry Brown points out, "There will be a lot of adversaries."
Fossil fuel oligarchs, in America and abroad, have not accepted the premise. The energy industry expended $650 billion in 2013 for "exploration to identify new reserves." Currently, the annual global revenue of the six largest oil corporations amounts to $2 trillion. (The film extended invitations to company titans for interviews, but no one responded.)
Ferguson traveled to five continents to tell the stories of how average people are impacted.