The Climate Reality Project – Colombian coffee on the frontline

19 December, 2012 by (comments)

It was probably only a matter of time before the names Andy Jarvis, Peter Laderach and Al Gore appeared in the same sentence.

So it’s great to see that a recent documentary about climate change and smallholder coffee production in Colombia finally unites these two beacons of CIAT’s climate change research with the former US Vice President, Nobel Laureate and climate change activist.

Aired as part of The Climate Reality Project – founded and chaired by Mr Gore himself – the five-minute film featured in a recent 24-hour online stream of specially-commissioned climate change documentaries and panel discussions, aimed at raising awareness of climate change and building a global movement to tackle it. Last year 9 million people tuned in to watch.

In advance of this year’s broadcast, Andy, Peter and a film crew from the Project travelled to Colombia’s Cauca department, to lift the lid on the impacts of climate change on coffee production there. To watch it, click the screen above and scroll to 05:28. You’ll almost certainly recognise a few familiar faces from our 2010 photofilm series Two Degrees Up, as well as seeing Andy and Peter in action. Mr Gore is part of the panel discussion that immediately follows the documentary.


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