Robert Menefee |
United States |
6:06 mins |
Climate Emergency brings us an activity report of the protests in New Haven, Connecticut against TD Bank. As the activists tell us, TD Bank continues to fund oil and deforestation projects around the globe with the banks board set to meet in Sao Paolo in the coming weeks (from filming) to discuss environmental protection strategies. Such a position is hypocrisy. As made clear by Climate Emergency, capitalism is incompatible with green politics.
In the straightforward documentary form in Climate Emergency we aren’t dealing with metaphor and symbolic meanings but direct action. The images here inspire us less towards contemplation and more towards action. As one sign amongst the protesters reads, “Act Local” and act now, even at risk of arrest and defamation.
The end of the film is one that highlights the interconnectivity of our world and the affect of destruction and climate change. Aerial shots show a warm, orange glow around New Haven Connecticut. As the subtitles show us, the glow is the residue from Canadian wildfires. Actions are not without consequences. Here is not separate from there. The time to act is now.