Monthly Archives: January 2013

SUSTAINABILITY: Changing the Operating System

Blue Planet United Unveils New Film

 
SUST_Cover1200x1600Celebrate the new year with a film that will deliver what Hollywood can’t:  a genuine inquiry into the human prospect for living sustainably within the means of Nature.

There are limits to how many explosions, car chases, and gunfights people can absorb as “entertainment” before their discernment about reality is compromised.

Why not share a copy of our new film for those who seek a deeper  understanding of life in the twenty-first century?  Share it with teachers, librarians, civic leaders, local clergy, and anyone who is searching for a better quality of life.

“SUSTAINABILITY: Changing the Operating System” is a visionary film about the integration of environmental, economic, and social action to create a future that is green, profitable, fair, and “glocal”. It examines the old “operating system” of industrial growth that has given rise to a series of interlocking crises in finance, energy, food, water, biodiversity, poverty, climate disruption, and population growth. The film calls for a new operating system that is grounded in the life of community and dedicated to the health and resilience of people, markets, and ecosystems.

Examining both the promise and limitations of sustainability, the film offers a sobering but hopeful look at life in the twenty-first century. Sustainability is presented as a process of improvement in relationships between diverse groups of people, and between people and their environment. Vital to this improvement in relationships is the human capacity for empathy and compassion, along with an understanding of interdependence and how it determines our place in the great web of life.

The filmmaker, Dr. Monty Hempel, is a national leader in sustainability thought and practice, having served as a founding board member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and as president of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences. Hempel has taught university courses about sustainability for more than 20 years and has produced books and previous films about sustainability, including the award-winning video, Spirit of Place (2011).  He is also the founding president of Blue Planet United.

Film format:  NTSC 16:9, DVD-R,  running time: 47:37

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