Film night to discuss humanity’s change of pace

'This Changes Everything' will show the realities of the carbon footprint and what can be done to reduce it.

Awareness Film Night will be partnering with Transition Sooke for the Jan. 13 screening of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, followed by an engaging post-screening discussion that will focus on some things we all can change.

Having debuted at the Vancouver International Film Festival last October, the film attempts to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Directed by Avi Lewis and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction best-seller of the same name, the film documents the emergence of a new climate movement – one that is breaking out of silos, making new alliances and building the next economy in the rubble of the old one.

While filming in nine countries over four years, Lewis and Klein travelled to communities on the front lines of climate and ecological disruption, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Lewis notes: “in the fierce dignity and moral clarity of communities fighting destructive fossil fuel projects I saw that a climate film that doesn’t have to be about polar bears”.

Klein, who narrates the film, sees the current climate and ecological crises as a gift – a potential catalyst for changing our relationship with nature and one another, for transforming our broken economic and cultural priorities and to heal long-festering historical wounds.

After the film the discussion will focus on Lewis and Klein’s main themes in conversation with Transition Sooke’s Michael Tacon, Larissa Stendie, energy and climate campaigner with the Sierra Club, Glenys Verhulst from City Green Solutions, a non-profit group that offers home and building energy efficiency services and possibly one other panel member from UVic.  (Check awarenessfilmnight.ca for updates.)

Moviegoers will be encouraged to create a list of ideas we all can implement for lowering our carbon footprints and disengaging thoughtfully from the capitalist system. The evening will go from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in the Edward Milne Community School theatre.

Admission is by donation.

AFN thanks the District of Sooke for their funding support to cover the costs of the film and theatre rental.

 

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