World Community Joining World-wide Action to Avert Climate Crisis.

World Community Joining World-wide Action to Avert Climate Crisis.

350.orgWorld Community is asking our supporters to join this week-long, world wide film screening event starting May 16 to educate our communities about the threat of impending climate crisis. We are asking you to host a small house screening of the 40 minute film, Do the Math, from 350.org. (You can watch a two minute trailer at http://act.350.org/signup/math-movie/)

We will make DVD’s available to you, point you to a lot of resource material to support your effort, and organize some follow up action if people want to get more involved.

It’s simple math: we can burn less than 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Fossil fuel corporations now have 2,795 gigatons in their reserves, five times the safe amount. And they’re planning to burn it all — unless we rise up to stop them.

In November 2012, Bill McKibben and 350.org hit the road to build a movement strong enough to change the terrifying math of the climate crisis. The “Do the Math Tour” was a massive success, with sold out shows in every corner of the US.

The tour is now over, but the campaign it launched is just getting started and World Community is asking our supporters to become a direct part of the action.

If you can commit to inviting a few people to an informal home based screening or simply want more information about getting involved, please send your contact information ASAP to wcdes.cv@gmail.com

Film Series: World Community screens Surviving Progress – Tuesday, May 7

“Progress” is generally assumed to be good. But author and Massey Lecturer, Ronald Wright, questions if that is always the case. Join World Community on Tuesday, May 7 at 7 pm at the NIC theatre for the screening of the film, Surviving Progress.

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Surviving Progress  (87 min.) is a stunning feature documentary produced by Martin Scorsese that connects the financial collapse, growing inequity, and the Wall Street oligarchy, with future technology, sustainability and the fate of civilization. Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, A Short History of Progress, inspired this film, reveals how civilizations are repeatedly destroyed by “progress traps”.  Alluring technologies serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. In the past, we could use up a region’s resources and move on. But if today’s global civilization collapses from over-consumption, that’s it. We have no back-up planet.

Surviving Progress brings us thinkers who have probed our primate past, our brains and our societies. The filmmakers trace the evolution of the concept of debt, the ways in which technology both created and destroyed empires (Greek, Roman, Mayan) throughout history, and how the 1 percent have hoarded and controlled resources since we left the caves.

This riveting film trots out a who’s-who of great thinkers—Jane Goodall, Stephen Hawking, Margaret Atwood, assorted scientists and historians—who are riveting as they walk us through the question of whether we will or can survive progress.  Some amplify Wright’s urgent warning, while others have faith that the very progress which has put us in jeopardy is also the key to our salvation.  Surviving Progress leaves us with a challenge; to prove that making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead-end. Reviewer Andrew Beckerman calls this  documentary “a visually and intellectually engaging film.”

This is the final film screening in World Community’s spring film series. Admission is by donation. Everyone is welcome. FMI: 250 337-5412

Watch the trailer below…

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