The audience during the showing of Decoding the Weather Machine. Peter Jarvis photo.

Film series put on by the South Cariboo Sustainability Society focuses on climate change

The society will show two more movies on the third Wednesday of February and March

The South Cariboo Sustainability Society showed a screening of the first of three documentaries on Jan. 16. All three films focus on sustainability, the first two focusing more on climate change while the third one follows seeds and the people protecting them from extinction.

“Our primary mission is to make people aware of sustainability issues. We’re a small organization and we’re on a very small area of the world so we can’t really push the rest of the world very hard but we can be aware of what’s going on,” said Peter Jarvis, a member of the society.

The first film, Decoding the Weather Machine, was about scientific data studying the increase of greenhouse gasses and how they have impacted weather patterns. The documentary also offers a better understanding of the workings of weather and climate change.

“Everybody thought it was a very good film,” said Jarvis, adding that there were about 20 people watching and most of them were in their 50s or over. “What happens in the world the next 20 years is not really going to affect us too much but we all got grandkids and one couple there just had a grandkid in the past couple of months. The grandchild is going to see all this stuff and it’s very important that we are all aware of what could happen. It doesn’t have to happen if we change our way of doing things, our way of life. The worst of this can be avoided.”

The second film will be The Age of Consequences and describes the social and political repercussions that could happen if increased greenhouse gasses and climate change remains unchecked, especially with the increase of temperature, extreme weather pattern changes and rises in sea levels.

“It’s trying to describe what the effects are going to be from when droughts occur and people move from one location to another and sea level rises and causes floods and again people move. Really that’s the political issue – people are going to migrate from one place to another, not necessarily staying in their own national boundaries. The other issue that comes out is many areas of the world, their governments are not very stable to start with so when all these global issues come on top of their present issues it’s going to cause even more instability,” said Jarvis. “This film is quite hard to see. Some of the implications are not very nice.”

The Age of Consequences will be shown at the Friendship Centre on Feb. 20.

The B.C. government announced a climate action plan before Christmas, hoping to reduce greenhouse gasses by 40 per cent bu 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050.

The third film is called Seeds: The Untold Story, following people who keep seeds in storage facilities to stop them from going extinct. According to the film, around 94 per cent of the planets seed varieties have disappeared in the last century.

“The actual number of seeds presently in existence diminishes every year and there are various people trying to store the seeds and keep them available,” said Jarvis.

Jarvis also said the third film, which will be shown on March 20, will hold some appeal to local audiences due because it pertains to local food production.

More information can be found on their Facebook page or by phoning Hugh 250-395-4301 or Peter 250-791-7284.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Easter Egg Hunt returns to 100 Mile House

The 100 Mile Free Press and Canlan Sports team up for chocolate egg hunt

Historic building in Alexis Creek destroyed by fire overnight

“If it hadn’t been a heavy rain last night we could have lost many houses in the area”

Mile 108 Elementary myth busters take home awards at Cariboo Mainline Regional Science Fair

Kaitlyn Piccolo won awards for her project, which tested how music affects the plant growing process

Annual Festival of the Arts wraps up with showcase evening

Students performed award-winning instrumental and piano compositions, songs, and poetry

Interior Health to offer clinics at schools to catch-up on measles vaccinations

Interior Health to hold clinics at schools offering measles immunization catch-up program

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

B.C. RCMP receive application for Police Cat Services

RCMP announced the launch of the Police Cat Services unit as an April fools joke

Kirkland Signature veggie burgers recalled due to possible metal fragments

Recalled products came in 1.7 kg packages with a best before date of Apr. 23, 2019

Chaos at the ferry terminal for people heading from Vancouver to the Island

Easter crowds create backlog at Tsawwassen ferry terminal

Parents of 13 who tortured children get life after hearing victims

One of their daughters fled their home and pleaded for help to a 911 operator

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

There are three Americans two Russians and one Canadian living on the space station

Notre Dame rector: “Computer glitch” possible fire culprit

The fire burned through the lattice of oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling

Most Read