The Good Life – The Green Life

This film is gently revolutionary. It was an honour to be chosen to participate and such a pleasure to be part of the team.

You can watch it here: The Good Life – The Green Life or click on the link under “Friends” on the home page.

We heard about it from Jenny Rustemeyer who inspired us so much with The Clean Bin Project.  For that film, she and her partner, Grant Baldwin, competed for one year to see who could produce the least waste.

Now they have a new film out, about the food we waste, called Just Eat It. Anything Jen and Grant tell us about we take a close look at.

We’re faced with these facts about Climate Change and we know we had better do something about it. Then we look around and it seems like nobody is talking about it. Everyone is too busy or the problem is  too enormous  or maybe we’re just being too polite. We begin to doubt that this is really a thing. If it were a thing, wouldn’t other people be doing something? Wouldn’t the governments be doing something? They wouldn’t mislead us, would they?

If I’m the only one doing anything, well, that won’t be enough, will it? Then I will have changed my life for nothing. We are uncomfortable with change and our assumption is that change will be bad. We will have to give up things we like and do things we don’t like.

As part of this project we met seven other people who are awake to the reality of human-caused climate change and are willing to do something. We discovered that there are a lot of us out there and that felt awesome.

Leanne and I love recycling and, in planning the renovation of our house, I’ve been pushing the idea of a community-scale project to retrofit existing houses to save energy, money and the planet. I certainly went in to this film project hoping to get the word out. I was surprised that was not the most valuable thing I took away.

The film gave Leanne and I some time with these inspiring people to discuss the future and what we can do to impact it. That feeling I had of isolation and futility is gone forever. The sense that we are on the right side of history, that a gentle revolution is fully underway and that the wise are on our side was much more valuable than any amount of publicity for my pet project. That knowledge of solidarity will power me through a lot of setbacks and frustrations that may lie ahead.

I hope that people watching can experience the same hope I felt and choose to take some action, any action, no matter how small.

Look for a screening of The Good Life – The Green Life at the Rio Theatre (at Commercial and Broadway in East Vancouver) in July along with another film about climate change. Details to follow…

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James Rowley

James lives in Maple Ridge, BC, Canada with his amazing partner, Leanne Koehn, and their two amazing kids in their beautiful house. He studied Science and English Literature at the University of British Columbia where he met Leanne. He also studied acting for a while at Studio 58 in Vancouver. He works as a teacher of English and curriculum writer for new Canadians.

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