Climate fatigue is real. We’re all worn out by the constant barrage of bad news.
Climate anxiety is real. More than half of the population reports feeling somewhat-to-extremely anxious about global warming.
Climate grief is real. Too many of us have turned that grief inward where it festers as despair.
Where are the voices of hope, of encouragement, of resilience?
They’re coming to you this summer! Following 12 weeks of her weekly series on climate awareness and education, facilitator Sheri Brown invites you to join her in viewing hopeful, encouraging, and soul-strengthening films, followed by group discussion and mutual support. Because none of us can deal with climate fatigue, anxiety, and grief alone. Well, she can’t. And you shouldn’t have to.
We’ll see you at the movies, zooming to you at 4:00 (Pacific/Arizona time) on select dates June through August.
This Summer’s Must-Sees
David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet
June 8 and 15 in two parts
Trailer for A Life on Our Planet
In this unique feature documentary, the celebrated naturalist reflects upon both the defining moments of his lifetime and the devastating changes he has seen. The film addresses some of the biggest challenges facing life on our planet, providing a snapshot of global nature loss in a single lifetime. With it comes a powerful message of hope for future generations as Attenborough reveals the solutions to help save our planet from disaster.
Pair this with watching Changing Planet | PBS at your leisure. Join conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan for the beginning of an ambitious 7-year project, a global environmental health check of six of Earth’s bellwether biomes. From the Arctic to the Amazon, these vulnerable habitats are changing, revealing surprising animal behaviors as species adapt. On his journey he meets the inspiring scientists and communities working to bring about positive change. Two seasons now available.
The Letter: A Message for Our Earth
June 22 and 29 in two parts
Trailer to The Letter
In 2015, Pope Francis wrote Laudato Si’ (The Letter); an encyclical letter about the environmental crisis to every single person in the world. A few years later, four voices that have gone unheard in global conversations have been invited to an unprecedented dialogue with the Pope. Hailing from Senegal, the Amazon, India, and Hawai’i, they bring perspective and solutions from the poor, the indigenous, the youth, and wildlife into a conversation with Pope Francis himself. This documentary follows their journey to Rome and the extraordinary experiences that took place there, and is packed with powerfully moving personal stories alongside the latest information about the planetary crisis and the toll it’s taking on nature and people.
The Ants & the Grasshopper
Trailer for The Ants & the Grasshopper
Anita Chitaya has a gift; she can help bring abundant food from dead soil, she can make men fight for gender equality, and she can end child hunger in her village. Now, to save her home from extreme weather, she faces her greatest challenge: persuading Americans that climate change is real. Traveling from Malawi to California to the White House, she meets climate skeptics and despairing farmers. Her journey takes her across all the divisions shaping the US, from the rural-urban divide, to schisms of race, class and gender, to the thinking that allows Americans to believe we live on a different planet from everyone else. It will take all her skill and experience to persuade us that we’re all in this together.
August 3: Part 1
Trailer to The Transformation Cannot Be Stopped
American Resilience Project’s new film series and associated outreach campaigns tackles the challenge of how the utility, auto, tech, and defense industries can help modernize the aging power grid to make it more secure and responsive to the needs of its users while enhancing environmental performance. With a focus on national security, economic prosperity, and environmental justice, the film shows how the nation can embrace smart policies and investments that support grid modernization through distributed renewable energy generation and the development of an electric vehicle infrastructure.
August 10: Parts 2 and 3
Trailer to Nation in Transition
Nation in Transition explores the coal-to-renewables transition on the Navajo Nation and across northern Arizona through the stories of workers, their families and communities, business and tribal leaders, utility executives, policy makers and environmental activists. The film offers a roadmap for accelerating and navigating just energy transitions for workers and communities everywhere.
Workforce Rising is a quick look at how rapid advancement of electric vehicles is disrupting numerous industries and workforces, and how the lack of charging infrastructure and grid capacity is lagging behind advances in automotive technology. The already-passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill provides the greatest opportunity to accelerate the transition, as long as the money is spent quickly and wisely.
Kiss the Ground
August 17 and 24 in two parts
Trailer for Kiss the Ground
To significantly mitigate the climate crisis, there are a lot of problems humans need to solve — and as this documentary suggests, one of the biggest problems is right under your feet: the soil. Narrated by Woody Harrelson and featuring music from your favorite avocado farmer Jason Mraz, the star-studded film explains why transitioning to regenerative agriculture could be key in rehabilitating the planet, while simultaneously invigorating a new sense of hope and inspiration in viewers.