Sunday, January 17, 2016

Naomi Klein "This Changes Everything" Movie 1/10/15


"This Changes Everything poster" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia.

Last Sunday the 10th of January, I went with a few of my Touching Earth Sangha mates(Andy/Satya) to a viewing of "This Changes Everything", a film inspired and based on the now uber famous book by Naomi Klein.

The screening was held at Heart of Wisdom Zen temple up in NE Portland, affiliated with Great Vow Monastery, and the same place I went for this past New Years Eve ceremony.

Before the showing, we had a bit of atechnical mixup, and we very nearly showed Cowspiracy...so we started to dive into a bit of vegan debate....I think in retrospect I would have prefered Cowspiracy, just for the impact alone.

"This Changes Everything" synopsis:

Directed by journalist and filmmaker Avi Lewis (The Take) and produced in conjunction with Naomi Klein's bestselling book of the same name, this urgent dispatch on climate change contends that the greatest crisis we have ever faced also offers us the opportunity to address and correct the inhumane systems that have created it.

The film did a solid job of visiting numerous problem aras of Climate Change.

Alberta, Canada— Crystal, a young indigenous leader inTar Sands country, fights for access to a restricted military base.

Powder River Basin, Montana— Mike and Alexis, a goat ranching couple impacted by oil from a broken pipeline. They organize against fossil fuel extraction and form an alliance with the Northern Cheyenne tribe to bring solar power to the nearby reservation.
Halkidiki, Greece— Melachrini, a housewife opposed to mining and drilling projects by Canadian corporationEldorado Gold; against the backdrop of Greece in crisis, [5]
Andhra Pradesh, India— Jyothi, a matriarch fighting a proposed coal-fired power plant that will destroy a wetland.


All in all, the movie provided a solid look at these very troublesome areas, but didn't touch that much on personal solutions, such as simplicity, veganism etc...lots of renewable and big systemic political challenges mainly...but it was nice to see the grassroots direct action movements highlighted.

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