Science documentary a reminder of climate urgency
A film detailing a trailblazing French glaciologist’s work is a reminder of the urgency of tackling climate change issues, French Ambassador Florence Jeanblanc-Risler says.
The Ambassador recently introduced a special screening of Ice and the Sky, a 2015 French documentary film focussing on the work of French scientist Claude Lorius.
Lorius was born in 1932, and worked for much of his career in Grenoble, a major research hub on the rim of the French Alps.
He was instrumental in the discovery and interpretation of information about the atmosphere from past ages, stored within ice cores, and was a pioneer in paleo-climatology.
He is largely credited as one of the first prominent scientists to be concerned about global warming.
The Ambassador told an audience of about 220 people in Christchurch on February 22 that as well as paying tribute to Lorius’ work, Ice and the Sky was “a wake-up call" about the threat global warming posed to the planet and people.
The Paris Agreement, which sets out goals to limit global warming, “will endure as a milestone to tackle what is the biggest challenge of our time”, the Ambassador said, adding that she was "confident that New Zealand will play its role, at the national level, but also regionally and globally in the transition towards a low-carbon economy".
The Ambassador emphasised the importance of more countries ratifying the deal, commitments being implemented on a national level, and the importance of non-party stakeholders like cities, NGOs, civil society and the private sector in addressing climate change.