EU Climate Diplomacy Week: Canberra premiere of "Guardians of the Earth"

Presented by ANU College of Science

Guardians of the Earth tells the story of how 195 governments gathered in Paris and agreed to pursue efforts to limit temperature increase for planet Earth to a maximum of 1.5°C. Unreleased behind-closed-doors footage gives insight into the ground-breaking December 2015 agreement. The documentary highlights the dilemma top negotiators faced between solidarity and perceived national self-interest.

Filled with interviews with the key architects of the agreement, the film reveals the clash of forces which shaped the agreement and which continue to influence its implementation today. Shown as part of the European Union's Climate Diplomacy Week in Australia, the film exposes one of the crucial questions faced by international climate action in 2018: can the Paris Agreement's words be translated into action? Can mankind unite again and again to deliver on its promises?

Directed by Filip Antoni Malinowski from Poland, Guardians of the Earth is an Austrian-German-EU funded documentary.

The movie will be followed by Q&A discussion with distinguished panellists in the spirit of the "Talanoa" dialogue set-up by the Fijian Presidency of the international climate negotiations from which Poland will take over in December 2018 at COP 24 in Katowice. The purpose of "Talanoa" is to share stories, skills and experience and build empathy to make wise decisions for the collective good.

Panel:

Filip Antoni Malinowski, the Director of the film

Dr Ursula Fuentes Hutfilter, the senior German climate federal policy-maker and negotiator currently researching climate and energy transition strategies at Murdoch University in Perth

Dr Ian Fry, the Ambassador for Climate Change for the Government of Tuvalu.

High level officials from the European Union and its Member States missions in Australia will open the event before the 86 minutes film is screened. Refreshments will be served after panel and Q&A discussion.

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