The wisdom to survive Climate change, capitalism & community

DVD - 2014

"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 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. Among those featured are Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy, Nikki Cooley, Roger Payne, Richard Heinberg, Amy Seidl, Step...hanie Kaza, Gus Speth, Jihan Gearan, and Ben Falk"--Container.

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Environmental films
Documentary films
Feature films
Oley, PA : Bullfrog Films [2014]
Corporate Author
Old Dog Documentaries, Inc
Corporate Author
Old Dog Documentaries, Inc (production company)
Other Authors
John Ankele (film director), Anne Macksoud (composer expression), Eugene Friesen
Item Description
Originally produced as a documentary film in 2013.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (56 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in
DVD ; NTSC format, all regions ; widescreen (aspect ratio 16:9) ; stereo.
Production Credits
Videography, Michael Sacca ; music composed and performed by Eugene Friesen (cello).
  • Endangered species
  • Climate of science
  • Artists, storytellers & youth
  • Impact on developing world
  • Capitalism
  • Occupy the farm
  • Navajo Nation & water
  • Web of life
  • Permaculture
  • What needs to be done?
  • Hope & individual responsibility.
Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Opening on peaceful footage of a magnificent whale at home in the ocean, this documentary soon introduces a bloody reality in the form of a harpoon and moves to the heart of its story: how will humankind balance the need to respect and protect the planet's resources with the relentless pursuit of profit and economic growth? The film uses poetry, music, and captivating shots of nature in all her beauty, juxtaposed with chimneys spewing pollution, arid landscapes, and hungry children. Commentary from biologists, educators, and activists from many walks of life is also interspersed. The effect of carbon dioxide on coral reefs is discussed scientifically, but most of the film is a more subjective examination of how we are treating our planet, with a bias against fossil fuel, big business, and politics-as-usual. The men and women interviewed are from many cultures, and all intelligently articulate their points of view. Scenes of Occupy Wall Street, a permaculture farm, and water rights discussions on a reservation represent some of the examined issues. As the film closes, narrators suggest ways to make a difference, with the next decades portrayed as turbulent but exciting times. This film could be used to spark discussion in environmental science classes and in ethics and government courses as well.-Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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