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South Shore chapter takes ‘This Changes Everything’ to high schools

The Council of Canadians South Shore chapter purchased a copy of ‘This Changes Everything’, and along with copies of the documentary borrowed from the public library and a member, have made it available to four district high schools.


Chapter activist Barb Carthew tells us, “Results were very positive. Teachers reported a high degree of interest and engaged conversation. Three of the schools requested extended loan to enable more classroom showings plus discussion. One of the screenings was to a large group of international students. Teachers reported that post-screening discussion was generally lively, reflective and deemed to have raised awareness re: global climate change factors and impact.”


She adds, “In all, 208 students and nine teachers viewed the film. Each of the four high schools welcomed the chapter initiative in sharing this material. Such collaboration opens up a new opportunity to engage the area high school communities on future environmental issues.”


South Shore is a region of Nova Scotia that includes Lunenburg County, Queens County, Shelburne County, Yarmouth County, and Digby County. It includes part of the Halifax West, South Shore—St. Margaret’s, and West Nova ridings at the federal level. The largest community in the region is the town of Bridgewater, followed next by Shelburne, Liverpool and Lunenburg.


The Council of Canadians has embraced ‘This Changes Everything’.


As noted on the film’s website, “The film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Naomi Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.”


Between November 2015 and January 2016, 27 Council of Canadians chapters screened the film with a total audience of 4,240 people. The communities were: Montreal, Saskatoon, Duncan, Elora, Charlottetown, Yellowknife, Prince Albert, Chilliwack, Ladner, Mabou, Windsor, Courtenay, Saint John, St. John’s, Sudbury, Golden, Terrace, Regina, Fredericton, Powell River, Thunder Bay, Hinton, Picton, London, Kent County, Kamloops and Peterborough.


To see a trailer for the film, please click here.


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