Climate Change Week

By Cliff DuRand

January 11 to 14 is Climate Change Week in San Miguel. The Mexican premier screening of the documentary This Changes Everything will be on Monday at Occupy San Miguel, with a repeat showing on Tuesday. Many in San Miguel have read Naomi Klein’s book by that title. Now she collaborates with her husband Avi Lewis to put it on the big screen in a powerful documentary. Filmed in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to reimagine the vast challenge of climate change. The film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

This Changes Everything
Mon, Jan 11, 1pm

Occupy San Miguel
Quinta Loreto TV room
Hotel Quinta Loreto
Loreto 15
Tue, Jan 12, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A

Climate Change
Wed, Jan 13, 11am
Sala Quetzal
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A

Merchants of Doubt
Thu, Jan 14, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A

Unlike many works about the climate crisis, this is not a film that tries to scare the audience into action; rather, it aims to empower. Provocative, compelling, and accessible to even the most climate-fatigued viewers, This Changes Everything will leave you refreshed and inspired, reflecting on the ties between us, the kind of lives we really want, and why the climate crisis is at the center of it all. Will this film change everything? Absolutely not. But you could, by answering its call to action.

One way to do that is by donating to La Biblioteca’s solar project. We want to replace its lights with LED, and eventually power them with rooftop solar panels. You can help make our library energy efficient by donating at the screening of the film.

On Wednesday a Center for Global Justice panel will take up the challenge. Gregory Diamant, Georgeann Johnson, and Susan Goldman will discuss what’s happening to the lungs of the planet and why addressing climate change requires systemic change.

In spite of the mounting evidence that human-made climate change is happening and already producing threatening results, there are still those who deny it. Thursday’s film, Merchants of Doubt, shows how the same coterie of PR organizations that years ago spread doubt about the health effects of smoking are now doing the same in the service of Big Energy. Promoting “pundits for hire” to spread misinformation and confusion among American citizens, they defend the profits of the fossil fuel industry. This documentary rips apart the so-called balanced reporting of the big business press, who insist on portraying both sides of the climate change debate as being of equal merit, despite the obvious fact that there are no climate change scientists who support the deniers’ point of view. Affirming Naomi Klein’s thesis, it demonstrates that the real debate has less to do with scientific arguments, and everything to do with Big Money and its political power.


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