Fossil fuel documentary screened in Chilliwack
Chilliwack Progress August 26, 2016
Director David Lavallée’s new documentary, To the Ends of the Earth, will be shown in Chilliwack for one night.
The film is an exploration of the collapse of fossil fuels and a call to action for the world that will follow. It features interviews with front line Indigenous communities and leading energy thinkers.
Pipelines have been in the news in Chilliwack recently. On the one hand there is growing concern about climate change and on the other, the petroleum industry fighting hard to get their products to markets. Into the mix there’s the decline in oil prices, rapid advances in clean energy and searching questions about jobs.
Increasingly, the industry must use extreme measures to extract petroleum: steam-injection in the oil sands, fracking for natural gas, or drilling in the Arctic. Many Indigenous peoples are left out of resource decisions in their traditional territories.
The documentary will be shown on Monday, Aug. 29 at Cottonwood 4 Cinemas at 7 p.m. Admission is $6.
This event is jointly hosted by Council of Canadians Chilliwack Chapter, PIPE UP Network, The WaterWealth Project, To the Ends of the Earth documentary, and the Wilderness Committee.
After the screening, there will be a Q&A panel with local activists, the filmmaker and Wilderness Committee climate campaigner Peter McCartney.
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The following is a description of the film and the participants!!
To the Ends of the Earth follows a group of concerned citizens and experts as they bear witness to humanity’s descent further down the “resource pyramid.”
At the top of the pyramid, energy is easy to find and cheap, and it requires minimal labour and has the highest capital and energy return on investment, as in the case of Saudi oil. In the middle of the pyramid, resources are more difficult and costly to extract, as in the case of the Alberta tar sands and shale gas: “Drill, baby, drill” has become “mine, baby, mine,” “steam, baby, steam,” and “frack, baby, frack.”
At the bottom of the pyramid there are resources such as Utah’s oil shale, the economic feasibility of which, despite billions in investments, remains uncertain. After ten years of rather intensive global development, “unconventional resources” now comprise 42% of the planet’s energy mix.
We meet some fascinating people along the way. A petroleum geologist trying to hold his industry accountable for its practices, a university professor who risks losing her home to fight a pipeline, a woman who has already lost her home to a flood, an environmental lawyer who has switched from defending the fracking industry to fighting against it, a seal hunter worried about gargantuan oil spills in his home- one of the most pristine places on earth. All of these people give us a window into the new energy age we have stumbled unwittingly into.
Given that 95% of all economic transactions in our globalized economy bear the footprint of fossil fuels, does this spell the end of economic growth for our civilization?
To the Ends of the Earth brings forward the voices of those who not only denounce the rise of extreme energy, but also envision the new world that is taking shape in its stead: a future beyond the resource pyramid, a post-growth economy.
To The Ends of the Earth shares the voices of visionaries, authors, scientists, activists and many more.
Naomi Klein – Author – This Changes Everything, The Shock Doctrine
Andrew Nikiforuk – Author – The Energy of Slaves, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent, Saboteurs (Winner of Governor General’s Award)
Richard Heinberg – Author- The End of Growth, Post Carbon Institute Senior Fellow
Dr. Charles Hall – Energy Researcher, Syracuse University, NYC – Founder of concept of EROI, Energy Return on Investment
Jerry Natanine – Mayor of Clyde River, Nunavut (Baffin Island)
Bill Koski – Biologist, Narwhal expert
Michael Byers- Canadian Research Chair, Global Politics, University of British Columbia
Lesley Ashevak – Inuit seal hunter
Lana Lowe – Fort Nelson First Nation Lands Director, B.C.
Ken Boon – Farmer who will lose his land to Site C Dam in B.C.
Eoin Madden – Environmental Lawyer, Wilderness Committee Climate Campaigner
Raymond Levy – Oil industry researcher
Wallace King – Oil company VP, industry critic
Caroline Campbell – Independent Journalist
Deborah Rogers – Financial Analyst
John Weisheit – Colorado River Guide and Colorado Riverkeeper
David Hughes – Geoscientist- Former leader of Canadian Task Force on Unconventional Resources for Geological Survey of Canada
Matt Pacenza – HEAL Utah (Anti-nuclear group)
Dr. Lynne Quarmby – Simon Fraser University Professor, Pipeline Activist