Join Me for a Movie Night
I am excited to say that this month’s movie screening for Transition Longfellow’s movie night will be “GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth” and the filmmaker Dave Gardner is going to be joining us!
“GrowthBusters” doesn’t dwell on the hot, hard facts of climate change, peak energy, and biodiversity loss. Instead, Gardner asks vital questions about human psychology:
- Why is a roaring economy more important to us than human survival on this beautiful and finite planet?
- What cultural barriers prevent us from acting rationally when we know the damaging effects we are having on people and places – even our own people and our own places?
- What are the beliefs and behaviors we must leave behind, and what values do we need to embrace in order for our children and grandchildren to survive and thrive?
I’m excited to have the filmmaker with us because understanding the “problem” of economic growth is both obvious and really hard to get your head around. In a culture steeped in capitalism, with government, businesses and the media focused almost exclusively on growth (consumption, consumerism, GDP, productivity, efficiency, progress), are we even capable of seeing growth as the problem? Can we imagine a future where growth is not the goal? Where sufficiency replaces more-more-more?
Where we truly LOVE our children and our neighbor and our world so much that we actually choose to change? And how do we change? What would a sustainable future look like?
Let’s have the conversation. Join me on Friday the 13th, 7 pm at Walker Community Church.