To Combat Climate Despair


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At the end of February, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released another dire report, this time stating that “It’s now or never, if we want to limit global warming to 1.5°C.”  The 1.5 degrees Celsius goal is a crucial global target because beyond this level, so-called tipping points become more likely. Jan Haaken talks today with Haunani Kalama, Associate Producer for the NECESSITY documentary series, about the feelings of despair that can be generated by such scientific reports and how they as filmmakers drew on the emotional lessons from the frontlines of the climate movement. 

Haunani Kalama serves as Associate Producer for the NECESSITY documentary series.  Educated in global health, business administration, disaster response, and environmental justice, Haunani Kalama has spent the last 30 years advocating for health equity and nature conservation, with the most recent effort on climate change mitigation and indigenous governance. She will be joining Director Jan Haaken and other team members and film participants for a discussion after the screening on April 17th at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland.

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