Documentaries about the environment can be depressing.
Many of them present us with graphic evidence about some of the most urgent ecological problems we’re faced with, and often, of course, we humans are directly responsible for these growing global crises. That doesn’t make for particularly uplifting movie watching.
Luckily many eco documentaries also highlight positive initiatives and point towards ways in which we can improve matters.
In Transition 2.0 is perhaps the most solution-oriented film at the 2014 Cape Town Eco Film Festival. It features success stories – both large and small – from one of the most exciting grass-roots initiatives of recent times, the global Transition Network.
Started in a small British town called Totnes, this project has spread all over the world and aims to make local communities more self-reliant and resilient to the threats of climate change, while weaning themselves off their dependence on fossil fuels.
In Transition 2.0 visits communities printing their own money, growing food everywhere, localising their economies and setting up community power stations. It’s an idea that has gone viral, a social experiment that is about responding to uncertain times with solutions and optimism.
In a world that is awash with gloom, here is a story of hope, ingenuity and the power of growing vegetables in unexpected places.
Watch it and be inspired.
Date: Saturday 29 March 2014
Time: 4:00 pm
Place: The Labia Theatre on Orange Street, Cape Town
Reserve tickets by calling the Labia box office at 021 424 5927.