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Note: the correct date of the film showing is July 13. 

There are many ecological and environmental issues taking place right now in the world: oil spills in the oceans, pipeline spills, destruction of forests, water pollution from mining, to name a few.

Yet, as conservationist, Carl Safina, writes, “Why does it always seem that people are so unmoved, for so long, on matters of great urgency?” And where do we find the courage, insight, and the passion to act?

A way forward will require a change in our worldview, a new narrative and ethic that sees all of nature and the lives of human beings as equal.

On July 13, 7:30 p.m., at the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre there will be a showing of Albatross a powerful and poignant film by Chris Jordan. At the express request of Chris Jordan, there is no charge for the film attendance but a donation for use of The Grace would be appreciated.

The film is about the ocean plastic pollution and the stunning environmental tragedy taking place on a tiny island in the middle of the vast North Pacific. The film documents thousands of young albatrosses dead with their stomachs filled with plastics. The devastation reflects back on the destructive power of our culture of mass consumption and humanity’s damaged relationship with the living world.

As Chris Jordan says, “I want people to watch this film and feel sadness and rage and realize that comes from a place of love. Don’t pull the plug out of the bathtub just yet; don’t let all that raw emotion drain away. Once you feel love, you can be more courageous and make more radical choices.”

Following the Friday film showing, Gregory and Christine Heming will lead a weekend program at Dorje Denma Ling for participants to dig deeper into what becoming ecologically awake means: an opportunity to remake ourselves as ecologically awake, competent and active citizens of the world.

Gregory currently serves as a municipal councillor in Annapolis County. He holds a PhD in literary ecology with postgraduate studies in religion and philosophy, and through this lens, has spoken, written and published on ecological economics, public policy, the value of the commons, and wilderness preservation.

Christine has been a meditation instructor and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist community for more than 40 years. She is a board member of the Centre for Local Prosperity, a non-profit society promoting new economic models that invite a balance between economic development and the preservation and restoration of natural systems. She holds the view that it is possible for human society to flourish within the ecological limits of the earth. This cultural shift means reconnecting with our longing for peace, social justice, and a caring community.

For more information about the film or the weekend program, contact Madeline Conacher at 902-657-9030 or conacher.allen@gmail.com.