Nowadays it seems like everyone has something to say about global warming. From TV shows to the local bar and even Capitol Hill, people have found a new level of urgency concerning the environment. However, for as much talk as there is about climate change, one might find it remarkable that so little has been done to combat it, which is what Toxic Comedy Pictures’ Everything’s Cool so adroitly documents.
Everything’s Cool was produced in part by 1991 Spring Semester in the Rockies graduate Chris Pilaro and takes a comedic, yet sobering, look into the politics surrounding the global warming issue. It begins in 2004 and follows a handful of people, including scientists, journalists, public officials and regular citizens, who share a passion for advocating climate change awareness.
The film’s personalities make for a good presentation of how climate change perception is separate from its reality, and gives a new insight into how misinformation and conflicting agendas have shaped global warming policy. When it comes to the film’s position, Pilaro said he hopes the issues it highlights might help climate change become more of a concern and even an important voting issue.
By its conclusion, Everything’s Cool offers many ideas for change, as well as a somewhat optimistic view for the future. However, it also acknowledges that more awareness and action are needed for a viable solution for global warming to take shape. With all the other media suddenly surrounding global warming, by comparison I’d rate Everything’s Cool an easy eight on a scale of ten.
For more information about screenings of this film and its release on DVD, visit the Everything’s Cool website at www.everythingscool.org.