Thursday, March 22, 2012

"Shattered Sky" examines ozone depletion crisis, compares it to climate change

On Thursday, March 22, 2012 the DC Environmental Film Festival presented “Shattered Sky: The Battle for Energy, Economy and Environment”  (55 min) by Steve Dorst and Dan Evans, at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church in Washington DC.

The film documents the history of the Ozone Layer hole, first reported in the 1970s, leading to the Montreal Protocol during the Reagan years.  There was a period where aerosols were banned in the US (before Europe), but US companies did not seriously get into replacing CFC’s until after the Protocol.

The film draws a parallel to the Ozone Layer problem with today’s “inconvenient truth” about climate change.  It covers the burning of coal by power companies more than it does the burning of oil products by drivers. It shows a number of shots of mountaintop removal in West Virginia and of the enormous surface mines in Wyoming. It doesn’t get around to covering the tar sands issue (March 19).

The website for the film is here.

The film mentions, with some sarcasm, a “professional” documentary called “The Greening of Planet Earth” which argues that increased carbon dioxide levels will be good for Earth (YouTube link Part I here ).

The feature was preceded by a five-minute short, “Psssht”, directed by Holly Fisher, which shows a couple’s use of aerosol products in the morning at home.  

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