Some of the wisest ecological minds come together for an honest appraisal of our civilization without greenwash.
Directed by Peter Charles Downey
Produced by Peter Charles Downey
Music: Tiella Scampoli
Editor: Peter Charles Downey
Camera / Audio: Peter Charles Downey, Zero Studios, Nathalie Roy, Chris Erb, Peter Erb Media
Presenter: Peter Charles Downey
A United Natures Media production
[Note: Community screenings of ECOSOPHIA can be booked at Bullfrog Communities.]
"I have finally found a film that presents at once the peril and possibilities of our never-before moment." Kathleen Noone Deignan, Prof Emerita, Religious Studies, Iona University
Ecosophia—a term first used by French philosopher Félix Guttari and deep ecologist Arne Naess—means ecological wisdom. ECOSOPHIA explores the interrelationship between energy, the economy, resources, population, psychology, spirituality, the biosphere, the limits to growth and climate change in an honest appraisal of our civilization and sustainability. A simpler world is coming, and what's needed is as much a spiritual revolution as a physical one.
Featuring Prof Tim Barrett, Stephen Jenkinson, B. Sid Smith, Prof William Rees, Prof Ian Lowe, Morag Gamble, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Prof Stuart Hill, Prof Will Steffen, Prof John Gowdy, Prof William Ophuls, Bobbi Allan, Alnoor Ladha, Whaia Whaea, Mindahi Bastida, Rocky Dawuni, Victor Pires and Randy Hayes.
Grade Level: 10 - 12, Colleges, Adults
US Release Date: 2024
Copyright Date: 2023
DVD ISBN: 1-961192-09-8
"After four decades of engaging in the challenging work of introducing university students to the crisis of our planetary moment, I have finally found a film that presents at once the peril and possibilities of our never-before moment. Ecosophia is masterfully composed like a symphony of voices drawn from empirical science, indigenous sages, and emerging visionaries sounding more than mere lamentation for global breakdown. Ecosophia sings a new song - one of amazement and determination to honor the genius and still emergent vitality of this living planet, a new anthem already sounding in the souls of a new kind of humankind."
Kathleen Noone Deignan, Professor Emerita, Religious Studies, Founding Director, Deignan Institute for Earth and Spirit, Iona University
"Ecosophia is an excellent conversation starter for community groups everywhere. It primes us to ask deep, existential questions about what drives the climate crisis - questions we usually try to avoid. The hour is late, and if we speak, it must not be about trivialities, but about nature, duty, meaning, and purpose."
Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute, Author, Power: Limits and Prospects for Human Survival
"This awesome film not only identifies the ultimate causes of humanity's accelerating ecological decline toward catastrophic social collapse, but also points to the ultimate wisdom needed to avert it by engaging the principles of deep ecology and spiritual ecology."
Leslie E. Sponsel, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of Hawai'i, Author, Spiritual Ecology: A Quiet Revolution
"An unflinching look at what is at stake, this film deserves the widest possible viewership: from high school students to their parents to those who control our corporations, governments, social media, and military. The images are breathtaking and compelling; the message clear, intelligent, and necessary."
Roger S. Gottlieb, Dean's Professor of Philosophy, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Author, Morality and the Environmental Crisis and A Greener Faith
"Ecosophia is a powerful and urgently needed film presenting the current global ecological crisis in effective and strong visual images. The comments by a great variety of ecological activists, academics and indigenous leaders greatly contribute to effectively communicating the scope and depth of that global crisis and its intensifying characteristics."
Frédérique Apffel-Marglin, Professor Emerita of Anthropology, Smith College, Co-author, Initiated by the Spirits: Healing Ills of Modernity with Psychedelics and through the Power of the Sacred
"The reigning delusion of boundless growth has been underwritten by the burning of fossil fuels, and it is clear that switching to renewable energy, for all is virtues, cannot sustain this madness. The failure to wake up to this will lead to global civilizational collapse, but this provocative and thoughtful film explores the other alternative: the dawning awareness of wisdom traditions that are evolving to address the spiritual challenges of a world of de-growth. Ecosophia is highly recommended for those struggling to find sources and strength for a new beginning."
Jason M. Wirth, Professor of Philosophy, Seattle University, Author, Mountains, Rivers and the Great Earth: Reading Gary Snyder and Dogen in an Age of Ecological Crisis
"This film provides diverse perspectives on climate change, including climate scientists, social scientists, and indigenous people. The many voices intersect and converge on why climate change is called a crisis and why the planet needs more of our attention and care. The range and diversity of views can serve as a catalyst for meaningful discussions."
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