By Andrew Urban
Writing at Climate Etc., esteemed climate scientist Dr Judith Curry has urged greater attention to the uncertainties of scientific research into global warming (aka climate change). ‘The current focus on CO2 emissions reductions risks having a massively expensive global solution that is more damaging to societies than the problem of climate change,’ she says.
Dr Curry’s remarks came the day after the Berlin Film Festival’s Best Documentary award winner, The Uncertainty Has Settled, was screened in London (May 18, 2017). It was promoted thus:
‘After eight years of travelling through conflict and poverty zones, Marijn Poels – a left wing filmmaker/journalist – decides to take some time off. In the Austrian mountains no less. It confronts him unexpectedly with the roots of agriculture and its modern day perspective. Globalisation and climate politics are causing radical changes such as farmers becoming energy suppliers. But the green ideology raises questions. The scientific topic of climate change has now become incontrovertibly a matter of world politics. Poels faces a personal conflict. Are we doing the right thing?’
Jan Jacobs, a Belgian politics and science journalist, urges policy makers, activists and journalists to see the film. ‘Marijn describes himself as left and progressive. What is so beautiful and compelling in this documentary is the ignorance of the maker. Marijn stumbles from one surprise to another. You can see his disbelief and amazement and sometimes even read the despair in his face. For Marijn, this deadly earnest search proves to be a revelation. All certainties concerning climate doom and gloom and the CO2 risk vanish one by one.’
‘There are also the conversations with ordinary people, who are victims of the remote and detached politics in Brussels or Berlin, which add so much more to this documentary than just a collection of facts to show that you are in the right. The human factor is ever present; the painful exposure of failed politics aimed at reducing human CO2, the devastating consequences for the landscape and nature, the income of entire populations that disappears and farmers who are busy producing energy instead of food. It eats away at the sense of justice of a man such as Marijn Poels.’