The Council of Canadians Powell River chapter will be screening the documentary ‘To the Ends of the Earth’ on May 6.
The Facebook promotion for the screening highlights, “Director David Lavallée will be presenting his newest documentary ‘To The Ends of the The Earth’. Admission $8. This film follows concerned citizens living at the frontiers of extreme oil and gas extraction, bearing witness to a global crossroads. They call for human ingenuity to rebuild society at the end of the fossil fuel era. ‘To the Ends of the Earth’ brings forward the voices of those who not only denounce the rise of extreme energy, but also envision the new world that is taking shape in its stead: a future beyond the resource pyramid, a post-growth economy.”
An article in Canadian Progressive further notes, “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.”
In an interview with The Ecologist, Lavallee has commented, “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.”
The documentary features numerous activists including Naomi Klein, Andrew Nikiforuk and Lynne Quarmby.
Five other chapters have organized screenings of the film: Delta-Richmond (November 15), Brandon-Westman (February 12), Kelowna (February 12), Victoria (February 23), Peterborough-Kawarthas (April 21). In addition, Council of Canadians organizer Robin Tress spoke at the film screening in Halifax (March 1).
To see the trailer for the film, please click here.