Finding Inspiration in Apocalyptic Times

In April during a volunteer brainstorm, Rose shared the preview for the movie 2040. I had not heard of 2040 but I watched the trailer…and then I watched it again. Could it be true? A movie about climate change that was not apocalyptic but instead optimistic? 

Watch the trailer here: http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-rTQ443akE

I could feel the rising energy on the Zoom call. Everyone was excited as I was about what 2040 was offering. We knew we had to watch that movie! So a new quarantine ritual began of checking the 2040 website daily, holding our breaths for the much anticipated Canadian release. 

As soon as it had been released, a group of EcoSociety and Citizens Climate Lobby volunteers met on a Zoom call to watch it. I have to admit I was a bit nervous. What if the movie was not as good as I wanted it to be? 

When the movie ended and it was time to join back on the Zoom call for our little group to debrief, I had to fight off tears of joy. The movie had focused on solutions and showed us how we already had all the answers to the climate crisis. I had not felt so hopeful in so long. It reminded me of why I felt so strongly about climate solutions like the local 100% Renewable Kootenays campaign

I spend most days talking to people about climate change and I am constantly grappling with understanding why some people don’t feel driven to take action. I have a theory. People feel overwhelmed and hopeless. I know sometimes I do as well. The news is filled with apocalyptic images of the future. Floods, fires, climate refugees, melting glaciers and feedback loops. In 2040 I will be 40 years old. What will the world look like? What gets me out of bed in the morning is the belief that we can change the world for the better. 2040 can be beautiful and better for everyone.  

This movie is grounded in science, they only talk about solutions that already exist on small scales and can be implemented on a worldwide scale. 

Need a bit of optimism? Not convinced that it is possible for humans to change by 2040? Feel overwhelmed with everything going on in the world and not sure how to help?

Watch the movie! You can watch it at home for as little as $6 (it is a fundraiser for the EcoSociety so tickets are on a sliding scale and we appreciate whatever you can give)! The money will go towards implementing local climate solutions such as 100% Renewable Kootenays. Join us for a community discussion on October 1st at 7 pm.