"Recipes for Disaster" opens documentary film festival in Brussels

Jun 1, 2013

Trailer of "Recipes for Disaster"

In the film Recipes for Disaster, director John Webster convinces his wife and two small children that the whole family should go on an oil-free diet. Video credit: Millenium Film Festival


The opening ceremony of the 5th edition of the international Millenium MDGs documentary film festival, last night, featured John Webster's Recipes for Disaster.   

The film invites us to go on a diet before it is too late - a “carbon diet”.  The diet will transform the way we eat and the way we think about what we buy and how we travel. It is an invitation to aspire for more sustainable lives. Intelligent and funny, the documentary takes us through the everyday obstacles and small failures that we all face to lead a more sustainable existence in a resource dependent world. The film maker calls these obstacles "the seven recipes for disaster".  

The film is a reflection on our individual actions and responsibilities to fight climate change and global warming. But not only. It also shows that addressing climate change goes beyond individual actions and needs joint efforts both at the political and institutional level.

And while all of us are affected by the impacts of a changing climate, those in poverty are often more vulnerable to environment degradation, lack of clean water poor sanitation and access to energy. The Human Development Report 2013 shows the adverse effects of global warming and climate change on the number of people living in extreme income poverty.

Progress on MDG 7 aiming at environmental sustainability is varied. Global deforestation—mainly the conversion of tropical forests to agricultural land—is slowing, but it continues at a high rate in many countries. In 2010, 89% of the world’s population, about 6.1 billion people, had access to safe drinking water, a net improvement compared to 1990. Access to latrines and hygienic waste collection has also improved but there remain 1.1 billion people, or 15 percent of the global people with no sanitation facilities at all. Greenhouse gas emissions contributing to climate change continue to increase.

Ensuring environmental sustainability is at the core of UNDP’s work worldwide. UNDP helps countries to address these challenges at the global, national and community levels, seeking out and sharing best practices, providing innovative policy advice and linking partners through pilot projects. Read more on the work of UNDP to promote sustainable development.