Sustainable living focus of awareness film

Awareness Film Night begins new season of politically and environmentally aware videos

Awareness Film Night will launch its 18th season on Oct. 10 with the film Transition 2.0.

Co-presented with Sooke Transition Town, a local not-for-profit society that aims to raise awareness of sustainable living, this is an inspirational film suitable for family viewing. The Transition Movement builds local resilience in anticipation of climate change, rising fuel prices and economic uncertainty.

The film features stories from around the world of people who have come together to create more sustainable local communities that are less dependent upon oil and on importing goods and services from far away.

For example, you’ll hear the story of Transition Monteveglio in Bologna, Italy and their very successful collaboration with the local council. Their ground-breaking resolution commits council to deep sustainability and resilience-building. Could we do that in Sooke?

There’s ‘Transition Streets’ from Totnes in Devon (UK) which works street-by-street, getting people together to meet, form new connections and reduce their carbon footprints. Could we get together to know our Sooke neighbors and have fun saving energy?

A post-screening discussion will feature two Sooke Transition Town members:  Erik Bjornson (Natural Landscapes) and Mary Coll, a local farmer who studied permaculture in Ireland with Transition Movement founder Rob Hopkins. Sooke Transition Town’s Margaret Critchlow will facilitate the discussion, focusing on what projects filmgoers would like to see the local Transition group tackle in the Sooke Area.

Showtime is 7 p.m. at Edward Milne Community School. Admission is by donation.