Hollywood goes to Copenhagen climate summit

Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:09pm EST
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Think melting arctic ice caps are the biggest threat from global warming? Dangers to polar bears? Think again, and think fast.

To hear film director Michael Nash and others talk, bigger issues are national security and the prospect of millions of refugees displaced due to world weather changes. And they are not problems for the future, they are issues today.

Director/producer Nash and producer Justin Hogan are going to Copenhagen this week where their documentary "Climate Refugees" will play Monday for a private audience of leaders and scientists at a world summit on climate change.

Nash interviews a range of scientists and politicians from U.S. Senator John Kerry to former Congressman Newt Gingrich who view climate change as a security issue if mass displacement leads to conflict among countries competing for resources.

The movie, looking at the human toll of global warming, heads to its world public premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah where climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" debuted in 2006 before going on to critical acclaim, box office success and Oscar glory.

Nash told Reuters he was thrilled to be showing his movie in Copenhagen to politicians who can pass laws that stem global warming, but the Sundance premiere would boost the film with general audiences.

"It's great to go to Copenhagen, but we also need the people to tell the policymakers what they want," Nash said.

Three years ago Nash began reading about mass migrations of people looking for water and food in dry regions of Africa and losing their homes to rising seawater in Bangladesh.   Continued...

<p>The Hollywood sign is seen on a hazy afternoon in Los Angeles, California, November 4, 2007. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>