‘Nearly all life on earth could go extinct due to man-made climate change. That’s the main thrust of a new Internet documentary Last Hours, directed by Leila Conners, who also co-wrote the short film with RT’s Thom Hartmann and Sam Sacks. The host of RT’s “The Big Picture” talks to Meghan Lopez about the Permian Mass Extinction (10 Oct 2013)’.
Published at the end of last month, ‘Last Hours is the first in a series of short films that explore the perils of climate change and the solutions to avert climate disaster. Each subsequent film will highlight fact-based challenges facing the human race, and offer solutions to ameliorate these crises. The initial short film series will culminate in a feature film to be presented prior to COP21, the 2015 UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris. An asset for the climate change movement, Last Hours will be disseminated globally to awaken modern culture worldwide about the various dangers associated with climate change. Last Hours describes a science-based climate scenario where a tipping point to runaway climate change is triggered by massive releases of frozen methane. Methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, has already started to percolate into the open seas and atmosphere from methane hydrate deposits beneath melting arctic ice, from the warming northern-hemisphere tundra, and from worldwide continental-shelf undersea methane clathrate pools. Burning fossil fuels releases carbon that, principally through the greenhouse effect, heats the atmosphere and the seas. This is happening most rapidly at the polar extremes, and this heating has already begun the process of releasing methane. If we do not begin to significantly curtail the use of carbon-based fossil fuels, this freed methane threatens to radically accelerate the speed of global warming, potentially producing a disaster beyond the ability of the human species to adapt. This first video is designed to awaken people to the fact that the earth has experienced five major extinctions in the deep geologic past — times when more than half of all life on earth vanished — and that we are now entering a sixth extinction. Industrial civilization with its production of greenhouse gases has the ability to trigger a mass extinction; in the extreme, it could threaten not just human civilization, but the very existence of human life on this planet. The world community and global citizens urgently need to chart a path forward that greatly reduces green house gas emissions. Last Hours is presented and narrated by Thom Hartmann and directed by Leila Conners. Executive Producers are George DiCaprio and Earl Katz. Last Hours is produced by Mathew Schmid of Tree Media Foundation, and was written by Thom Hartmann, Sam Sacks, and Leila Conners. Music is composed and performed by Francesco Lupica’.