The Wisdom to Survive

Climate Change, Capitalism & Community

Official film description

"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.

Notes on the film

The documentary tries to present many different aspects of climate change in a very short time. We would have liked a deeper, more reflective approach and found the presentation somewhat clichéd.

Further reviews

A short, visually beautiful, and philosophically warm and uplifting movie…We need a big movement, which means we need massive involvement. You can even begin with a screening of this film. – Karie Firoozmand, Friends Journal

Brilliant, achingly poignant...Please SEE THIS FILM - bring it to your community, talk about it, share it with others. It is one of the most artfully-rendered films on the planet's crisis (and how we move through it) I have ever seen...extraordinarily moving. – Shyla Nelson, One Earth-One Voice, Strafford VT

This film is deeply moving and profoundly engaging. Indeed, it has the potential to transform lives because it provides visions of how we should live in the midst of massive environmental challenges. I cannot recommend it more highly!" – Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

Phenomenal. will serve to catalyze necessary spiritual, social, and intellectual transformations, and hasten global progress in building a sustainable world. – Jamie Konopacky, Representative for Sustainable Development, US Baha'i

An exquisitely-filmed documentary that presents an overview of the climate crisis, including its causes, effects, and directions of hope. Poignant scenes illustrate the sacred beauty of the natural world, the tragedy of its diminishment, and our human interconnectedness with the rest of creation. Indigenous leaders, people from poor and vulnerable nations, scientists, scholars, religious leaders, activists, farmers, and poets make the case for 'climate justice' and point in the direction of hope. Do we have the wisdom to survive? The answer is related to community. We are connected by our shared grief at what is happening to the earth and by our shared hope and commitment to the future. – Rev. Sharon Delgado, co-founder and Executive Director of Earth Justice Ministries

Technical information and screening rights...

Director(s): John Ankele, Anne Macksoud
Script: John Ankele, Anne Macksoud
Production: John Ankele, Anne Macksoud, Old Dog Documentaries
Music: Eugene Friesen
Actors: Bill McKibben, Richard Heinberg, Joanna Macy, Ben Falk, Eugene Friesen, Roger Payne, Wendell Berry, Joel Kovel, Anya Kamenskaya, Terran Giacomini, Daniel Jantos, Nikki Cooley, Hamilton Gillett, Roberto Nutlouis, James Gustave Speth, Seema Tripathi, Lawrence Mkhaliphi, Stephanie Kaza, Rucha Chitnis, Quincy Saul, Amy Seidl, Herschelle Milford, Jihan Gearon, Rita Zanotto
Year: 2013
Duration: 56 min
Picture format: 16:9
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: United States
Our age recommendation: 16
Screening rights: Bullfrog Films ()

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Main topic(s): Climate
Secondary topics: soil renewables fossil fuel climate sufficiency water cycle cooperation activism
Mentions: climate change energy industry growth economy activism water animals renewable sustainability
Topic Page(s): Climate

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