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Kelowna chapter to screen ‘To the Ends of the Earth’, February 12

The Council of Canadians Kelowna chapter will be screening the film To the Ends of the Earth.

The Daily Courier reports, “The Council of Canadians Kelowna chapter will screen the film To the Ends of the Earth on Sunday, Feb. 12, at the BCGEU Building (1064 Borden Ave., across from Capri Centre Mall). Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The film will start at 2 p.m. Following the film, the Kelowna chapter will host its annual general meeting with a discussion about how to get more involved in activism.”

Chapter activist Karen Abramsen says, “To the Ends of the Earth follows concerned citizens living at the frontiers of extreme oil and gas extraction. They call for human ingenuity to rebuild society at the end of the fossil fuel era.”

An article in Canadian Progressive highlights, “The film’s creator is Vancouver filmmaker David Lavallee, the brains behind the award-winning documentary White Water, Black Gold. The documentary’s title, To the Ends of the Earth, draws our attention to the rapid shift that occurred following the collapse of regular conventional crude oil in 2005. The collapse led to the ‘new energy age’, epitomized by rabid tar sands developments, fracking and mega pipeline projects such as the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL and Energy East pipelines, Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway and Line 9B pipelines, and Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain.”

The documentary features This Changes Everything author Naomi Klein, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent author Andrew Nikiforuk, former Clyde River mayor Jerry Natanine (who is opposed to seismic testing for oil and gas exploration in Baffin Bay), independent journalist Caroline Campbell, Simon Fraser University professor Lynne Quarmby (who along with others faced a $5.6 million lawsuit from Kinder Morgan for stopping a work crew surveying for the Trans Mountain pipeline in the Burnaby Mountain conservation area), and numerous other people.

In an interview with The Ecologist, Lavallee says, “On Burnaby Mountain and elsewhere across North America, we have seen hint of the moral and political power of Blockadia. That kind of popular protest is a great threat to these big corporations profiting off of extreme energy. Developing and implementing alternative and sustainable economics is an even bigger threat. My film, To The Ends of the Earth, is my contribution to sharing those alternatives and to building public awareness about the need to transition out of this dangerous era of extreme energy.”

To see a trailer for the film, click here.