The Age of Consequences:
Climate and Conflict
This Emmy®-nominated investigation unpacks how climate change interacts with migration, unrest and conflict through the lens of US national security.
The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, The Age of Consequences investigates the impacts of irreversible climate change, resource scarcity, mass migration, and pandemic conflict through the lens of US national security and global systemic risk.
Through unflinching and eye-opening analysis, distinguished Admirals, Generals, and Veterans take us beyond the headlines of the European refugee crisis, the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of radicalized groups like ISIS, and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict.
Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, extreme weather, drought, and sea-level rise function as ‘accelerants of instability’ and ‘catalysts for conflict’ in volatile regions of the world.
These Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that if we go on with business as usual, the consequences of climate change — waves of refugees, failed states, terrorism — will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century.
The film’s unnerving assessment is by no means reason for fatalism — but instead a call to action to rethink how we use and produce energy. In any military defense strategy, time is the most precious resource.
What are the consequences of our inaction? As the American nuclear strategist Albert Wohlstetter wrote during the Cold War, “We must contemplate some extremely unpleasant possibilities, just because we want to avoid them.”
Director Jared P. Scott. PF Pictures
Produced by Kelly Nyks, Jared P. Scott
Executive Producer Sophie Robinson
Associate Producer and Editor Hypatia Porter
Director of Photography Michael McSweeney
Original Music by Malcolm Francis