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The Austrian Cultural Forum – Washington is excited to host a screening of the renowned film “Guardians of the Earth,” a documentary about the Paris Climate Agreement by the Polish/Austrian filmmaker Filip Antoni Malinowski, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker. Heather Coleman, Climate and Energy Director at Oxfam, and Stephanie Hanson Damassa, Washington Director at Climate Nexus, will join him for a Salongespräch/panel discussion after the screening, which will be moderated by Maryanne Culpepper, Executive Director of the DC Environmental Film Festival.
About the film:
After 21 years of endless UN climate change negotiations, in December 2015 195 nations – 20.000 negotiators from all over the world – met at a private airport shielded by the military in the north of Paris for a last attempt to save our planet. After two weeks of intense negotiations at the Paris climate conference (COP21) an agreement could be reached at the last minute and thus on December 12 the first-ever universal, legally binding, global climate deal was adopted.
The documentary “Guardians of the Earth” gives insight into the process behind closed doors and reveals the conflict of a globalized society: the dilemma between solidarity versus national self-interest – a fight between economic growth and massive loss of lives. As sea levels keep rising, glaciers are melting, heat-waves, droughts and Super-Typhoons become more frequent – time is running out to act – climate change is our reality.
While showing the complex progress to the final success of the agreement, the film also exposes the crucial question for the viewer: Can mankind unite to challenge the biggest threat of our times?
Ticket: Free admission, registration obligatory
Austrian Cultural Forum Washington
3524 International Court, NW
Washington DC 20008