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Chatham Community Library To Host Earth Day Film Screening

Post Date:04/01/2019 3:58 PM

In celebration of Earth Day (April 22) the Chatham Community Library will host a screening of the film GrowthBusters on Tuesday, April 23, beginning at 6:30pm in the Holmes Meeting Room. This film asks the most critical question of our time: How do we become a sustainable civilization?

GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth challenges our beliefs linking growth with prosperity and fulfillment. The film explores how our attitudes toward economic, consumption and population growth prevent rational responses to evidence we’ve outgrown the planet. In this David vs. Goliath story, filmmaker Dave Gardner shares his own personal story of daring to challenge our growth-worshipping system. He is rebuked by elected officials who are deacons of the church of growth
everlasting. He takes on millionaire real-estate developers enriched by public growth subsidies, and he tackles economists who spin pro-growth propaganda. GrowthBusters weaves the tale of Gardner’s efforts to wean his hometown from growth addiction, with examination of the most critical global issues of our time. Interviews with leading thinkers, animation and humorous skits debunk the “grow or die” myth. Cultural myths and taboos are exposed and explored. Providing a ray of hope, the film also profiles groups and individuals exploring alternatives and moving the world toward true sustainability.

Producer and director Dave Gardner has spent 30-plus years as a U.S. based professional filmmaker, producing films for PBS (Public Broadcasting Service in the U.S.) and over a dozen Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola, IBM, several airlines, oil and chemical companies, and even Enron. In 2005 Dave began focusing his camera on our modern culture and what drives us to worship everlasting growth in the face of overwhelming evidence that we’ve hit the limit.

This event is free and open to the public.

 

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