Join us at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Joliet’s monthly Social Justice film night, 7pm Thursday, Dec 1st, for

The Wisdom to Survive – Climate Change, Capitalism, and Community


THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society, and the lives of billions of people. Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. They urge us to open ourselves to the beauty that surrounds us and get to work on ensuring it thrives.

About the Directors: A producer of radio and TV programming in the 1960s, John Ankele used mass media to advocate for civil rights and against the Vietnam War. As an ordained minister and as a student in the zen and Shambhala Buddhist traditions, he has been involved for many years in interfaith dialogue and social justice. Anne Macksoud spent 17 years as a teacher before transitioning to film and video production. She approaches filmmaking from the perspective of an artist as well as an educator.

“Brilliant, achingly poignant…Please SEE THIS FILM – bring it to your community, talk about it, share it with others. It is one of the most artfully-rendered films on the planet’s crisis (and how we move through it) I have ever seen…extraordinarily moving.” –Shyla Nelson, One Earth-One Voice, Strafford VT

“This film is deeply moving and profoundly engaging. Indeed, it has the potential to transform lives because it provides visions of how we should live in the midst of massive environmental challenges. I cannot recommend it more highly!” –Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

“An exquisitely filmed documentary that presents an overview of the climate crisis, including its causes, effects, and directions of hope. Poignant scenes illustrate the sacred beauty of the natural world, the tragedy of its diminishment, and our human interconnectedness with the rest of creation. Indigenous leaders, people from poor and vulnerable nations, scientists, scholars, religious leaders, activists, farmers, and poets make the case for ‘climate justice’ and point in the direction of hope. Do we have the wisdom to survive? The answer is related to community. We are connected by our shared grief at what is happening to the earth and by our shared hope and commitment to the future.”
–Rev. Sharon Delgado, co-founder and Executive Director of Earth Justice Ministries

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