On 3rd December begins COP24, the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 14th Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to Kyoto Protocol (CMP 14). The host of these events is Poland.

Politicians, experts and activists meet in Katowice. To celebrate this special event, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights co-organizes in Rialto cinema the Climate Film Festival (7-9th December, Katowice), powered by WATCH DOCS. Our partners are: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Polityka Insight and IKEA. The program of the festival includes not only film screenings, but also workshops and discussions. We will touch upon issues connected with climate change and human rights, responsible tourism and zero waste.

The Warsaw program of the 18th WATCH DOCS, on the other hand, presents the section “Climate Screening.” There, 6 films on the topic of ecology in the context of human rights can be found. Visually stunning, “Welcome to Sodom” is a tale of the world's largest electronics cemetery in Agbogbloshie. Every year, a quarter of a million tons of electronic waste from the West end up there illegally. Hundreds of people use hammers and crowbars to dismantle electronic gadgets in order to remove the copper and aluminum. It is truly hell on earth: the air is constantly filled with black, toxic smoke from ubiquitous fires burning wires. This is the dark side of technological progress that we prefer not to think about when purchasing a new smartphone. The next film talks about The Republic of Kiribati, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the most remote places on Earth from industrial civilization. And at the same time, it will be one of the first to disappear from the surface of the planet due to this same civilization. If global warming continues at its current rate, Kiribati will be under water within a few years. One of the films also dealing with the topic of climate change is “Zhalanash – Empty Shore” by the polish documentary filmmaker, Marcin Sauter. The eponymous Zhalanash is a city on the Aral Sea. It was once a port city, but today, with the lake’s volume having shrunk dramatically, it is not uncommon to find ships sitting in sand dunes.

We encourage you to read the full program of the section “Climate Screening” and the program of the Climate Film Festival.