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Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything

By Jim Carey

On Monday at 2pm, Occupy SMA is pleased to present This Changes Everything, the Avi Lewis/Naomi Klein movie. This is a wonderful story about people who are making change happen in real time.

Occupy SMA Meeting
and Film
Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s
This Changes Everything
Mon, Feb 15, 2pm
Hotel Quinta Loreto
Loreto 15

We have heard how climate change is already having a significant impact on ecosystems, economies, and communities. Rising average temperatures are creating balmier winters while some regions are experiencing more extreme heat while others cool. There is flooding, drought, and intense summer heat. Violent storms and other extreme weather events are happening as a result of the increased energy stored in our warming atmosphere. The environmentalist David Suzuki talks about how climate change is also affecting “water resources around the world. Water is intimately tied to other resource and social issues, such as food supply, health, industry, transportation, and ecosystem integrity.” He notes that the impacts of climate change are already being observed across Canada’s diverse geographic regions. “Canada’s forests are expected to be among the most vulnerable. These forests support countless species and ecosystems and are among the many examples of an at-risk habitat. The global meltdown of ice sheets and alpine glaciers represents another at-risk habitat, taking an immense toll on Arctic ecosystems.”

Farther south, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) predicts, “Australia could be on track for a temperature rise of more than 5°C by the end of the century, outstripping the rate of warming experienced by the rest of the world, unless drastic action is taken to slash greenhouse gas emissions.”

Last December, ministers from 196 nations gathered in Paris to produce a historic agreement. “Developed and developing countries alike have voluntarily agreed to limit their emissions to relatively safe levels of 2°C with an aspiration of 1.5°C—with regular reviews to ensure these commitments can be increased in line with scientific advice.”

They promised, “Finance will be provided to poor nations to help them cut emissions and cope with the effects of extreme weather and that countries affected by climate related disasters will gain urgent aid.” Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club and author of Coming Clean: Breaking America’s Addiction to Oil and Coal, sees hope in the agreement and says “embracing an optimistic vision isn’t an armchair exercise. We have to work for it, just like we had to work for every victory that the climate movement has won over the past couple of years. What we know is that in the United States and increasingly in countries around the world, clean energy is now often cheaper than coal, cheaper than gas, cheaper than nuclear power, sometimes cheaper than oil. And what that means is that the solutions to climate change are more affordable than the problem: the fossil fuels that have caused this problem.”

This Changes Everything offers a challenging and hopeful vision for the future. Join our discussion on Monday. Our events are free.


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