Films for Change: The Wisdom to Survive

The TRU clock tower was buzzing on Sept. 30 when the Films for Change film series was booted up for the season. The event was hosted by Transition Kamloops and GE Free Kamloops: activists for the environment and supporting local business.

The Wisdom to Survive was the film chosen to start off a new year of engaging documentaries. It was designed to evoke critical thinking and was determined to make its audience contemplate some major environmental issues going on in our world today.

The documentary’s focal point was discussing how our capitalist world will inevitably be the doom of our planet. But it had a positive spin. It was shockingly real and conveyed an immediate sense of danger. It brought forward the abrupt need for change, not only within our own society but on a global scale.

The film presented various opinions from experts about what is happening today and what consequences will follow if we do not change our ways. The topics ranged from the pollution’s impact on coral reef ecosystems to the tar sands in Alberta. The question “will beauty save the world?” was posed by many speculators.

Nancy Flood, a biology professor at TRU, was the event’s organizer and an active member of Transition Kamloops. “These films are for the purpose of evolution within our own environmental standards, in this case moving away from fossil fuels and toward local resilience,” she said.

Afterwards, people gathered into small groups to discuss their thoughts on the film and speculate about what we can do to change and what it will take for society to evolve. The general consensus around the room was an active need for all Canadians to participate in preserving the environment, because without a united effort, the impact will not be as strong.

Many TRU students and professors attended this event, all becoming enveloped in this idea of change and wondering how they themselves could make any difference. Students said they came to the event out of pure curiosity, but left the function craving social action.

Political candidates Bill Sundhu (NDP) and Steve Powrie (Liberal) attended the event to briefly speak about the plans of their parties for the environment. Powrie focused more on education, saying that people need to become more informed about this issue before anything can be resolved, suggesting that the change should start from the bottom up.

Sundhu had a very different idea of how change would best be put into action, suggesting that it must come from every level to be effective. He pointed out that we have a growing population of senior citizens that continues to get larger with rising life expectancy rates. Therefore, they must also be on board if anything is to be accomplished.

Transition Kamloops is currently looking for a new coordinator for the film series and is always looking for new volunteers to get involved. Visit for more information on the group and what you can do to change the world.