The ice of the Arctic Sea is melting rapidly, creating unparalleled opportunities for the shipping industry. The melted ice has provided a shorter route for the heavily polluting ships that sail from Rotterdam to Shanghai by way of Russia. The shipping industry is one of the most polluting and (so far) less regulated industries in the world.
During the spring of 2014, climate journalist Bernice Notenboom and two other adventurers try to ski from the North Pole to Canada. A hundred kilometres off the coast, the team is forced to abandon the attempt due to the lack of ice. The melting ice of the Arctic Sea is creating unparalleled opportunities for the shipping industry, however. The melted ice has provided a shorter route for the heavily polluting ships. The newly created route from Rotterdam to Shanghai by way of Russia is ten days shorter and saves them 10,000 euros a day in fuel costs.
The shipping industry is one of the most polluting and (so far) less regulated industries in the world. Seventeen of the largest ships emit more sulphur than all the cars in the world, and sulphur is known to cause severe health problems. Container ships emit clouds of soot, leaving dark deposits on the surrounding area and accelerating the melting process. The melting of the Arctic ice can be decelerated immediately by taking measures to prevent carbon soot emissions.
Sea Blind is part of the programme Climate at Stake at the Movies that Matter Festival 2017, presented by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
What happens abroad affects the Netherlands and vice versa; climate change is the ultimate example. In cooperation with the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs we host Climate at Stake, on 26 March, with two compelling documentaries about the impact of climate change: Before the Flood (National Geographic) and Sea Blind, plus Tomorrow, a feel-good movie about actions developed by citizens around the world to protect the environment. The screenings will either be preceded by an introduction or followed by a debate. The festival’s guest of honour, Mary Robinson, will kick off the day with an introduction about Climate Justice.
Combined tickets for the day are available for €19.50 (or EUR 29.50 including lunch).
Canada 2016, 61 min.
Spoken language: English
Arctic Bear Productions
BUY YOUR TICKETS FOR CLIMATE AT STAKE HERE
PLEASE NOTE that because the film Tomorrow has been sold out, you can buy your combi tickets for Before the Flood and Sea Blind for only 10 euros.
Zaal 1, Filmhuis Den Haag
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Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 13:15
Q&A with Bernice Notenboom, director Sea Blind
Moderator: Froukje Jansen