Last week I went to a film about climate change, because that’s my thing. And I brought my camera to talk with the filmmaker, because that’s what I do.
But this wasn’t your typical climate change documentary. It was made by an independent Dutch filmmaker who spent years documenting conflict and poverty in Africa.
Marijn Poels went back to Europe to reflect when he noticed something troubling happening in the west – and that troubling thing was energy policy.
It’s an incredible film about what happens when European farmers get more money for planting wind turbines and bio-fuels than for growing crops and livestock.
But what troubled Marijn more than the climate poverty and lack of local food is the lack of debate.
Marijn describes himself as a liberal, but the reaction he received from his left wing friends and colleagues was shocking.
Climate change policies have unintended consequences. Sometimes it means farmers produce less food, and in Marijn’s case, it means you find out who your friends really are.