Film starts at 0:09. A film about military impact on climate change, environment and animal life.
Military attacks have alarming consequences on our ecosystem. Contaminated landscapes plagued by radioactivity, many millions of tons of ammunition in our oceans, toxic landscapes, 10% of global carbon emissions – the military footprint is huge. From WWI until today, nature is under fire.
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What does a war mean to our ecosystem and how is the global eco-balance affected? Can a modern war be eco-friendly? What actually goes into military maneouvres? What resources are needed and how many are used?
A search around the globe and through history: The battlefields of World War I are the birthplaces of modern Ecocide. In Norway and Russia, a Soviet submarine officer introduces us to one of the best kept Cold War secrets: the nuclear complex. In Vietnam, scientists laborate on the half a century old dioxin contamination caused by Agent Orange. On the Canadian coastline, a Remotely Operated Vehicle leads us to toxic hotspots on the seafloor. In the Baltic Sea we find a German shipwreck loaded with chemical weapons. And a paradise island in the Caribbean gives shocking testimony of five decades of military training.
Footprints of War is a film about two antagonistic logics: the pen versus the sword.