The Buzzfeed story lead says it all: “Meet the woman whose two-word catchphrase made the military care about climate” . That woman is Sherri Goodman, and she will be in Australia in early April.
The national security dimension of climate change receives little attention in Australia, but is the subject of intense focus overseas, particularly in the United States. Climate change interacts with other pre-existing problems to become an accelerant to instability in unexpected ways. Scarce resources, growing water scarcity, declining crop yields, rising food prices, extreme weather events and health impacts become catalysts for instability and conflict, especially in Asia. This has profound implications for Australia, economically and socially, quite apart from the climate change impact on Australia itself.
The Age of Consequences is a gripping documentary film investigating the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability.
Critically acclaimed and recently shown on ABC Four Corners, this showing is also a chance to hear Sherri Goodman, a member of the cast, and a panel of experts discuss the issues in person.
Through an unflinching case-study analysis, an insider group of distinguished admirals, generals and military veterans take us beyond the headlines. From the conflict in Syria and the European refugee crisis, to the social unrest of the Arab Spring and the rise of ISIS, The Age of Consequences lays bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions and spark conflict.
It makes the compelling case that if we go on with business as usual, the consequences of climate change will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century.
“Age of Consequences” speaking tour with Sherri Goodman.
SYDNEY - Tuesday 4 April, Tickets and more info here
CANBERRA - Wednesday 5 April, Tickets and more info here
MELBOURNE - Thursday 6 April, Tickets and more info here