1.5 - Stay Alive

Event Type
Film Presentation and Panel Discussion

Location / Date
Bonn, 11.06.2015

On 11 June 2015, the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) invited to a public screening and subsequent discussion of the film "1.5° Stay Alive" by Lucian Segura at the LVR-Landesmuseum, Bonn.

The film - combining several genres like documentary, music video and nature film - shows the Caribbean environment’s diversity and beauty while also emphasizing a dramatic message: While the international community fights to limit global warming to two degrees, experts show that already 1.5 degrees of global warming would have dramatic consequences for the citizens and the environment of the Caribbean. The film presents Caribbean contrasts, from Haiti and Trinidad to Florida and New Orleans; gives both researchers and victims a voice and also shows how musicians and singers interpret the problem “climate change” in different stylistic ways. Tilman Altenburg, head of department "Sustainable Economic and Social Development" at DIE, and other international climate experts contributed with their know-how and research results to the documentary.

After the premiere, director Lucian Segura, Carlos Fuller (Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre), Ron Goodridge (Ministry of Environment and Drainage, Barbados), Ruenna Haynes (UN-Representative for Trinidad and Tobago) and Tilman Altenburg discussed the challenges the film refers to with the audience. The panelists also talked about the most important issues to deal with at the preparing conference for the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December 2015 in Paris. This preparing conference took place in Bonn at the beginning of June and prenegotiated the most controversial topics, in order to pave the way for passing an ambitious climate agreement in Paris.

DIE presented this film within the scope of “Klimalog”, a project financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). With "Klimalog" DIE promotes awareness for interlinkages between climate and development policy and furthers a goal-oriented dialogue between pertinent actors in politics, academia, civil society and the private sector. The project focuses on key issues in the ongoing round of UN climate negotiations and their implications for international co-operation with developing countries and emerging economies. Screening and discussion will be held in English.


Reception with beverages and snacks

Welcoming by Steffen Bauer, Head of the „Klimalog“ Project, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Introduction by director Lucian Segura

World premiere: „1.5 Stay Alive“

Discussion: Climate change and the Caribbean: How can we support an ambitious international climate agenda on the road to Paris?

  • Carlos Fuller (Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre)
  • Rueanna Haynes (UN-Representative Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Ron Goodridge (Ministry of Environment and Drainage, Barbados)
  • Lucian Segura (film maker)

Moderator: Tilman Altenburg (DIE)

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