Energy & Environment

Saturday, 23 July 2011 14:29

Documentary about climate change and the worlds oceans to be shown in Cape Town

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Imagine a world without fish. It’s a frightening premise and it’s happening right now. The threats of climate change are on everyone’s lips, but have you heard about the other shocking effects of steadily rising carbon dioxide levels? Ocean acidification is something that is threatening the oceans and life as we know it, yet alarmingly, this is an issue that few of us have even heard about!
'A Sea Change' follows the journey of retired history teacher Sven Huseby on his quest to discover what is happening to the world’s oceans. Sven becomes obsessed with the rising acidity of the oceans and what this “sea change” bodes for humanity. His quest takes him to Alaska, California, Washington and Norway as he uncovers a worldwide crisis that most people are unaware of.

Speaking with oceanographers, marine biologists, climatologists and artists, Sven discovers that global warming is only half the story of the environmental catastrophe that awaits us. Excess carbon dioxide is dissolving in our oceans, changing sea water chemistry. The more acidic water makes it difficult for tiny creatures at the bottom of the food web to form their shells. The effects could work their way up to the fish one billion people depend upon for their source of protein.

A Sea Change is a touching portrait of Sven’s relationship with his grandchild Elias. As Sven keeps a correspondence with the little boy, he mulls over the world that he is leaving for future generations. A disturbing and essential companion piece to An Inconvenient Truth, A Sea Change brings home the indisputable fact that our lifestyle is changing the earth, despite our rhetoric and wishful thinking.

A Sea Change is the first documentary about ocean acidification. Chock full of scientific information, the feature-length film is also a beautiful paen to the ocean world.

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The screenings will be followed by a facilitated audience discussion. These will be shown at the Labia on Orange cinema in Cape Town on Sunday 24 January at 8.15pm, on Monday 25 January at 6:15pm and on Tuesday 26 January at 6:15pm.

Tickets are R20 and can be reserved by calling The Labia at (021) 424 5927. Reserving tickets is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.

This event is presented by the Labia, the Sustainable Seas Trust and While You Were Sleeping, a Cape Town-based non-profit film collective committed to bringing progressive, non-mainstream documentaries with important social and environmental messages to South African audiences.

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