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Atom Araullo’s Climate Change Documentary Warmer Wins at NY Film Awards

Warm, warmer, global warming.
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While the concept of climate change isn’t exactly controversial anymore (or is it?), it appears like we’ve collectively stopped caring about it. There’s bigger things to worry about, and the weather isn’t one of them. It seems like we still need a reminder every once in a while to tell us that global warming is still happening right now. But even when another super typhoon strikes, the country is simply too preoccupied with the immediate impact to look any further.

Atom Araullo’s documentary Warmer is a good reminder that global warming has an impact on all of us, and it’s been recognized for its powerful message by the New York Festivals Television & Film Awards, which was held this week. The doc, which aired last March on ANC, won the Bronze World Medal in the Climate Change & Sustainability category, and was acknowledged by the UN with the Silver United Nations Department of Public Information Special Award.

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In Warmer, the documentarians take viewers on a journey to the Artex Compound to show us that climate change is already here to stay in this floating town in Malabon, which has been submerged in chest-deep water for over a decade. They then take us to Norway to see how this leader in climate change prevention and adaptation is handling this global crisis.

Of course, a rich nation like Norway is financially and technologically better equipped to handle climate change, but that doesn’t mean that we as a nation should just stand by idly as our cities and coasts submerge during natural catastrophes. A start would be for climate change to be back on the political agenda.

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