Slowly through the decades the topic of global warming has gained more acknowledgement, even being a main topic of debates within our political system. The idea of our Earth slowly dying because of our own actions is incomprehensible and the fact we are still trying so hard to conserve our own resources is a constant battle. There have been numerous presentations regarding the topic of global warming but documentarian Fredric Golding takes a different approach in his new film Meltdown. Opposed to presenting further studies Golding follows photographer Lynn Davis and Anthony Leiserowitz, a human geographer from Yale University; where he studies the public perception of climate change.
Both Lynn and Anthony have agreed to meet in Greenland to observe the massive landscape of the glaciers; this being Lynn’s fifth time on this excursion while it being Anthony’s first. Although Anthony has long studied the subject he has never seen the actual landscape which is an experience all unto itself. It is in that moment/feeling that this film takes a left turn; its story although mentioning the impacts of global warming surrounds itself more in the personal and even spiritual journey. Lynn has made a career from photographing these massive glaciers and throughout the years she has noticed a significant shift in its appearance, where everything is different yet the same. Anthony surprisingly states a fact that four out of ten people do not know what climate change is, a statement that left me dumbfounded. Their journey to Greenland serves more as a therapy session than anything else; it is later revealed that Lynn has suffered tremendous loss through her lifetime and these trips help put everything into focus while Anthony’s perspective has been undoubtedly changed forever.
I appreciate Golding’s approach in trying to spread this message about the effects of climate change by giving the issue “a face”. Both Lynn and Anthony mention how difficult it is to gain notice due it being conceived as “not where I live” or that “it’s way off somewhere else”. In their journey we visit with people in the community who stress the dramatic changes throughout the years but it is through the eyes of both Lynn and Anthony that a more intimate perspective is obtained. There is no doubt a huge task in front of us to shift the culture we live and how we treat our planet. For those unaware or in the dark about this ever shifting topic and where we are heading, I would implore you to take an hour out your time and explore a different insight.
2.5 out of 5
Film is available via iTunes