The Wisdom to Survive

Climate Change, Capitalism & Community

"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.

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.

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
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: United States
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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