Two nights ago, the New Plymouth Green Party and Climate Justice Taranaki sponsored the showing of Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything. We used the Tugg theatrical-on-demand platform, which allows individuals and groups to show one night film screenings at their local theater. Our cinema was packed (with 90 people) in contrast to the 12-15 watching Hollywood films in the other auditoriums.
The documentary, based on Naomi Klein’s best selling book of the same name, is about the global climate justice movement. Both the book and film take their title from Klein’s premise that the problem of climate change can’t be solved under our current capitalist economic system.
The documentary mainly showcases the mass global protests against the environmental destruction caused by the fossil fuel industry. Klein, who narrates the film, notes a major shift in the environmental movement, with growing numbers of poor and indigenous peoples fighting a fossil fuel industry whose slash and burn mentality threatens their ability to provide food, water and other basic necessities for their families.
The main premise of the film (and the book) is the carbon pollution, like other large scale environmental damage is the result of a dysfunctional story we’ve been telling ourselves over the last 400 years – namely that nature is a kind of machine that must be mastered and dominated at all costs. According to Klein and the numerous activists she interviews, this needs to be replaced by the much older story about humanity living in harmony with nature.
One highlight of the film is her visit to an ultra right free market think tank called the Hartland Foundation. Funded by billionaire fossil fuel barons like the Koch brothers, Hartland is the primary sponsor of the US climate denial movement.
This Changes Everything can be rented from Vudu for $3.99
Groups interested in bringing This Changes Everything and other anti-capitalist documentaries to their local theater can contact Tugg at their website.
Researching Boris Pash Papers came across Dr.John Morrison Barnes the man who weaponized Anthrax and other toxins also one of more vocal critics of Rachel Carson publishing Silent Spring in 1962.http://toxsci.oxfordjournals.org/content/68/2/267.full
Thanks for the link, Gerry.
Look like an intriguing film!
It is indeed. One of my favorite parts is where Klein says she’s fed up with desperate polar bears being portrayed as the poster child for catastrophic climate disruption. For her the important issue is the human suffering caused by climate disruption – the corporate media always tends to minimize the human suffering caused by Wall Street.
If TPP / TTIP / TiSA were operational, Ms. Klein and the creators of the film would probably have been sued for causing loss of profits. Environmental movements, along with others growing and pushing back against corporation owners’ manipulations, are the reason these massive power-grab trade deals were initiated, written and kept ultra-secret.
Excellent reminder, Jerry. The TPP directly affects us here in New Zealand (we’re one of the 12 partners) and our anti-TPP protests have been even larger than our climate protest.