Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Free screening of documentary "Crisis of Civilization," Mon. March 10

Free screening of documentary "Crisis of Civilization"
Monday, March 10, 7 PM

No charge to attend. Homemade pastries and coffee provided. Coffeed Cafe, 37-18 Northern Blvd., LIC, NY 11101, near the 36th St. stop on R & M trains, just a few minutes from midtown Manhattan, downstairs from Brooklyn Grange. This dark comedy documentary connects the dots between global crises.  It combines archival film clips and animations with detailed analysis and specific positive options to transform systems. (80 minutes) 
Most accounts of our contemporary global crises focus on one area in isolation, but experts unwilling to look outside their specializations won't help us respond.  International security analyst Dr. Nafeez Ahmed argues that financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, climate change, the threat of terrorism and food shortages need to be considered as converging symptoms of the same failing global system.  When we recognize that another world is not merely possible but on its way, it's much easier to get to work speeding up the process.  If you can't come out, see it free online at http://crisisofcivilization.com  

“A really fantastic overview of the global situation. I don’t think I’ve seen a more comprehensive ‘welcome to the 21st century’.” – Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute.

"Ahmed synthesizes an immense amount of information from a variety of academic disciplines without coming off as pedantic or pompous.... But it’s what’s woven around Ahmed every time the film cuts away from him that really makes this movie fun, funny, engaging and ultimately a powerful call-to-action. Ahmed continues his voice over, but almost all the rest of the film is either stock footage, much of it vintage kitsch, or else original animations..." - Review in Transition Voice.

More about the film and the event
Dan Miner, organizer of the Resilience NYC Meetup, facilitates discussion after the film and hands out a guide to already available NYC sustainability programs suitable for neighborhood action.
This event is part of a unique series of monthly free film screening events taking place this winter and spring at Coffeed Cafe in Long Island City, Queens.  Films about our interwoven environmental, energy and economic challenges are followed by facilitated discussion among audience members.   Miner is familiar to the Queens business community as the former SVP of Long Island City Partnership, a local economic development organization.   During his tenure there only a few in those circles knew about his parallel life as a longtime volunteer environmental activist.

His current volunteer project offers community based organizations in NYC a way to promote solar energy installations to their local contacts and earn income using referral agreements, at no charge.  Contact him at beyondoilnyc@yahoo.com to organize a screening in your community of climate change documentary Do the Math, followed by a discussion of neighborhood-scale responses. 

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