November 5, 2008 > Tri-City Independent Documentary Series screens The 11th Hour
Tri-City Independent Documentary Series screens The 11th Hour
Submitted By Jane Bark
Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, The 11th Hour (2007) describes the present moment, quite possibly the last one when change is possible to save the Earth's environment. This important film explores how humanity has arrived at this moment; how we live, how we impact the Earth's ecosystems, and what we can do to change course. Global warming, deforestation, mass extinctions and depletion of the marine habitats are all addressed. Mustering the full filmic resources of progressive Hollywood, The 11th Hour documents the environmental crises we face and the solutions we can begin to implement.
The cast could not be more stellar. Over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders present the facts and discuss the most important issues that face us and our planet. Featuring reformer Mikhail Gorbachev, radio commentator Thom Hartmann, physicists Stephen Hawking & Vandana Shiva, Nobel Laureate activist Wangari Maathai and many other insightful thinkers, The 11th Hour gets to the roots of our environmental problems. One is reminded of Einstein's famous quote: "If mankind is to survive, it will require a whole new way of thinking."
However, the most powerful element of this historic film is not its graphic portrait of a planet in crisis, but its offering of hope and solutions. The film ends with a call for restorative action through doable reshaping human activity.
Discussion will be led by Dr. Paul W. Rea, author and environmental activist with ongoing concerns about the natural world and our characteristic attitudes toward it.
11th Hour (film and discussion)
Saturday, Nov 15
Fremont Main Library
2400 Stevenson Blvd., Fremont
A trailer is available for viewing at: http://www.11thhouraction.com/trailer