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Wisdom to Survive, The


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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 56 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: Yes

Copyright Date: 2014
Available in French: No

THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society, and the lives of billions of people.
 
Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. They urge us to open ourselves to the beauty that surrounds us and get to work on ensuring it thrives.
 
Amongst those featured are Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy, Roger Payne, Richard Heinberg, Gus Speth, Stephanie Kaza, Nikki Cooley and Ben Falk.

"I found this film powerful and inspiring...It calms me to know that there are people thinking about this, taking the 'deep view,' and doing what can be done to change the underlying paradigm of nature and people as commodities to be mined for profits. We can't know all the answers, we are stuck, I think, with living the questions. It will be great for stimulating discussion." - Anne McCollum, Psychologist
 
"I appreciated the balance of the reality of the situation with a feeling of hope and connection." - Kat Robbins, Place-Based Education Specialist, Woodstock, Vermont
 
"I was deeply moved by this film...I feel inspired that there is still hope, and that I can join with good people out there who are doing good things to join up with. The film is absolutely a call to action."
- Emma Bragdon, PhD, Director of the Integrative Mental Health University, Windsor, Vermont