|The Wisdom to Survive
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, Stephanie Kaza, Gus Speth, Jihan Gearan, and Ben Falk.
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Has your community connected the food, faith, and climate dots? If not, a food movie screening and talk might be just the ticket! Documentary films have the power to emotionally motivate people to change their behavior. If we all changed the way we eat, it would have a significant impact on climate change. The Interfaith Power & Light Cool Harvest movie kit has everything you need to host a successful Cool Harvest movie and discussion.Click here for free guide
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|Living in a Warmer World Interview Series
YouTube videos featuring Dr. Camille Parmesan, Professor of Integrative Biology, U-of-TX, Austin. In this series of short, YouTube videos, you will hear food for thought and concrete steps that can taken in response to climate change. Videos include: Climate Change as a Chronic Condition, making the link between our reaction to global warming, and learning about a chronic health condition. Small Changes, Big Impacts, gives a sense of how important it is to understand how day-to-day decisions impact the climate. The third video in the series, Working Together, Locally and Globally, explores the level of global and local coordination required to respond to climate change. Each video is accompanied by a page with positive steps that can be taken.Visit Living in a Warmer World, brought to you by Texas Interfaith Power & Light.
|Journey of the Universe
(60 minutes, DVD), narrated by Brian Thomas SwimmeAsk acclaimed author and evolutionary philosopher Brian Thomas Swimme about our role as humans in this awe-inspiring universe, and his insights will light up the night skies. As our host, co-writer, and fellow traveler, he shares his infectious curiosity about life’s biggest questions in the epic Journey of the Universe. The film weaves a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe. Swimme connects such big picture issues as the birth of the cosmos 14 billion years ago – to the invisible frontiers of the human genome – as well as to our current impact on Earth’s evolutionary dynamics. From the Big Bang-to the epic impact humans have on the planet today-this film is designed to inspire a new and closer relationship with Earth in a period of growing environmental and social crisis.BUY JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE.
(90 minutes, DVD)Dirty Business reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal power and tells the stories of innovators who are pointing the way to an alternative energy future.Guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, the film examines what it means to remain dependent on a 19th century technology that is the largest single source of greenhouse gases. Can coal really be made ‘clean’? Can renewables and efficiency be produced on a scale large enough replace coal? The film seeks answers in a series of stories shot in China, Saskatchewan, Kansas, West Virginia, Nevada and New York.
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|Covenant & Fighting Goliath
(34 minutes, DVD, narrated by Robert Redford)
Covenant is a short film about people of faith from diverse religious traditions coming together to fight for clean air. In 2006, 19 conventional coal-fired power plants were proposed to be built in Texas and were being fast-tracked by the Governor.
Covenant illuminates how a handful of religious leaders – The Rev. Canon Sally Bingham (President, The Regeneration Project’s Interfaith Power & Light Campaign), Mary Darden (Baptist Deacon), Rabbi Steve Folberg, Bee Moorhead (Director, Texas Interfaith Power & Light), Texas State Representative Charles “Doc” Anderson, and Suzii Paynter (Director, Christian Life Commission, Baptist General Convention of Texas) – put their faith into action and helped organize a grassroots movement that eventually led to a reduction in proposed plants, which went from 19 down to 11.
While Covenant was produced as short stand-alone film, it was also intended to serve as an introduction to longer award-winning film on the same subject, Fighting Goliath: Texas Coal Wars. Copies of Covenant and Fighting Goliath are available on DVD for faith communities to use as a starting point for discussion and action on global warming.
(90 minutes or 8 sections of 10-15 minutes, DVD)Across the nation, people of faith are standing up for the environment. Evangelical Christians are fighting mountaintop removal, a coal mining process that is decimating Appalachia. Muslims are supporting sustainable farming. Jews are helping children experience the bond between nature and spirituality. Interfaith Power and Light is mobilizing people of all faiths in a religious response to global warming. For the first time, the combined energy of these diverse activists is the driving force behind a feature-length documentary, entitled RENEWAL. Veteran film producers Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay Rockefeller have crisscrossed the country to capture these exciting stories of people whose passion and deep moral commitment are making a difference in a time of grave ecological threats.Buy Renewal
|Bill Moyers on America: Is God Green?
(55 minutes, DVD), host Bill MoyersThis documentary features Bill Moyers and his team of investigative journalists as they profile three evangelical Christian communities that have taken on care of the environment as a moral and biblical obligation, despite the fact that many of their brothers and sisters in the faith disagree with their stance.Visit is God Green?
|HBO: Too Hot Not to Handle
(55 minutes, DVD)This informative documentary offers a guide to the impact of global warming on the U.S. — and the measures that need to be taken to reverse this trend.Order Too Hot Not to Handle
|Blessed Earth: Hope for Creation and Hope for Humanity
(12 segments, DVD) narrated by Matthew Sleeth, MDThis series covers creation care in two DVDs with accompanying study guides. In Part I: Hope for Creation, Sleeth recounts his personal salvation experience in the context of creation concepts found in Genesis: Light, Water, Soil, Heavens, Animals, and Man. Part II: Hope for Humanity focuses on Rest, Work, Give, Share, Teach, and Hope. The Blessed Earth website says, “It’s time for us to reclaim our role in God’s creation story and accept with excitement our God-given commission to ‘save the planet’ for the sake of Jesus Christ.”Order Hope for Humanity
|The Great Warming
(82 minutes, DVD), narrated by Alanis Morissette and Keanu ReevesThis is a dramatic film about climate change that sweeps around the world to reveal how a changing climate is affecting the lives of people everywhere. It includes hard-hitting comments from scientists and opinion-makers about America’s lack of leadership in addressing climate change as well as new scenes documenting the emerging voice of the American Evangelical community urging action on climate change. Available in a special “Faith Version,” which includes interviews with Christian leaders, or a “Church / Sunday School Version,” which includes a printable discussion guide.Order The Great Warming
|Preaching for the Planet: Interfaith Messages on Global Warming
|Lighten Up!: A Religious Response to Global Warming