Badru Mugerwa is part of an international effort to monitor changes in vegetation and animal composition from climate change. His piece of the puzzle is in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, where he sets dozens of camera traps designed to record the movements and habits of animals, which range from agile felines to stolid primates and from tiny deer to giant elephants. It’s a job that connects Mugerwa not only to Bwindi’s animals, and local biodiversity concerns, but also to the global issue of climate change.
Solutions to climate change are challenging enough to implement, but opposition from a well-organized and deeply funded group — that doesn’t accept global warming as the result of human impact — makes it near impossible. This documentary, produced for the PBS series “Frontline” and reported and narrated by John Hockenberry (host of the 2013 Moving Mountains Symposium), investigates this community of climate deniers and examines how and why it sows dangerous seeds of doubt.
Nineteen-year-old Slater Jewell-Kemker is a climate activist, the daughter of filmmakers and has been making movies since she was 6. An Inconvenient Youth is the story of the youth movement that is working to stop climate change. As both the director and the protagonist, Jewell-Kemker speaks truth in a way that would make proud many other guests who have previously graced Mountainfilm stages.