Citizens come face to face with the climate crisis at the Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival

The ten-day international documentary film festival CPH:DOX in Denmark, which aims to stimulate debate and critical thinking about climate, gender and the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, ended today.

CPH:DOX has relied on science documentaries for a number of years and believes they are particularly good at conveying new knowledge about the world. Denmark is one of the countries with the highest standard of living, but the Nordic nation also has few ignominious records such as Europe’s largest waste producer.

The festival took place during Denmark’s Earth Overshoot Day 2022, the day when a country’s resource consumption exceeds its natural resource budget for that year.

As this year is the first in-person post-pandemic edition, the team decided to present an exciting agenda packed with talks and debates with prominent politicians, activists and academic experts.

Plastic misuse, use and recycling

Documentary by Steffen Krones The North Drift on plastic waste in the ocean and his personal attempt to track down the world’s vast floating ecosystems was the starting point for two debates on plastic packaging and circularity.

The documentary forces viewers to look at public space and nature differently by showing Norway’s Lofoten nature reserve covered in layers of plastic debris, making the public realize that there is no place that is uncontaminated .

As part of the science programme, the 92-minute clip was first shown at the National Museum of Denmark, which was transformed into the Science Screening Center for three days.

Plastic in the oceans isn’t news, but the speakers were willing to educate the public, who had the opportunity to ask what they themselves described as “naïve questions” such as: “How can 99% of the plastic in the ocean end up?”

Louise Lerche-Gredal, CEO of Copenhagen-based international non-profit organization Plastic Change, has been invited to her second screening to discuss plastic pollution and highlight the country’s state of the art in plastic pollution and policy making .

Animal welfare and climate activism

The program also addressed animal husbandry issues in a world where consumers are becoming increasingly interested in plant-based diets.

The documentation Animals only by Finnish director and animal activist Saila Kivelä addressed the issue of the struggle for animal rights in the context of today’s intensive animal husbandry.

During the debate, the Finnish director was supported by Nordic animal rights activists and organizations, as well as representatives from the Danish Vegetarian Union and Franciska Rosenkilde, representative of the centre-left Alternativet party.

Climate and animal activists were also encouraged to discuss activist practices and their success in effectively ending the climate crisis following the screening of the UK clip REBELLION by Maia Kenworthy and Elena Sánchez Bellot, a biography of the Extinction Rebellion in Britain.

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