OFFICIAL SELECTION: Environmental Film Festival
An invisible compound threatens Earth’s life-support systems, with effects so pervasive that scientists sound the alarm, businesses must innovate, politicians are forced to take action—and American leadership is absolutely vital. Climate change? No…the hole in the ozone layer.
Eerily reminiscent of today’s climate-change crisis, Shattered Sky recounts the dramatic story of how America led the world to solve the biggest environmental crisis ever seen. Thirty years ago, scientists reported a hole in the ozone layer “the size of North America.” CFCs were the culprit. Prevalent in billions of dollars worth of products likes refrigeration and air conditioning, CFCs had revolutionized the American way of life. Doctors forecasted skyrocketing cancer: the stakes were “life as we know it.” But business remained bitterly opposed and politicians were initially slow to act.
For the first time in film, Shattered Sky tells the story of how—during geopolitical turmoil, a recession, and two consecutive Republican administrations — America led the world to solve the biggest environmental crisis ever seen. Today, will we dare to do the same on energy and climate?