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Review of climate film “Time to Choose”

Review: ‘Time to Choose’ Extols Renewable Energy to Combat Global Warming, NYT, 

TIME TO CHOOSE   NYT Critics’ Pick  Directed by Charles Ferguson  Documentary 1h 40m

Charles Ferguson’s latest documentary, “Time to Choose,” is a
sobering polemic about global warming that balances familiar predictions of planetary doom with a survey of innovations in renewable energy technology that hold out some hope for the future. Unless the carbon-based energy sources on which we have relied are replaced with solar and wind power (the movie doesn’t address nuclear energy), we are ruined.

Filmed on five continents, “Time to Choose” is divided into three chapters: coal and electricity, oil and gas, and land and food. Hopscotching from country to country, it begins in the United States with scenes ofmountaintop removal mining in Appalachia and its destructive environmental effects. Much of the film’s power derives from devastating visual juxtapositions. The glamorous skyline of Shanghai at night is contrasted with daytime images of its smoggy harbor, crowded with ships carrying coal to fuel China’s insatiable energy appetite……..The biggest obstacle to change may be people’s assumptions that global warming is beyond human intervention.

In the language of Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, who works closely with Gov. Jerry Brown of California, one of the film’s heroes: “First people deny that they’re part of the problem. Then they deny there’s a solution. Then they tell you that if there is a solution, it’s too expensive.”

“Time to Choose” is not rated. Running time: 1 hour 46 minutes.

June 4, 2016 - Posted by | Resources -audiovicual

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