“Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present.” So said the U.S. Global Change Research Program’s May release of its National Climate Assessment. Will we, as a species, find the strength and will within ourselves to finally respond? Will we be able to redirect our behavior and our economic practices in order to salvage the life systems of our planet and create a durable future? These are crucial questions asked in The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism & Community.
Producer/directors John Ankele and Anne Macksoud bring clarity and compassion to their subject, enlisting counsel from leading figures such as Buddhist scholar and eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, 350.org founder Bill McKibben, Natural Resource Defense Council co-founder Gus Speth, and The End of Growth author Richard Heinberg, among others. Tom F. Driver, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary says, “This is a starkly prophetic film. It combines the direst of warnings with deep love of life. Better than any other film I know, it makes clear that our profit-oriented growth economy has caused the climate catastrophe and cannot itself rescue us from disaster. We need new thinking and a new way of life.”
January Nordman and Qrys Cunningham of Transition Pasadena lead a community discussion following the film. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.