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Sustainability Film: “The Economics of Happiness”

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by CommunityEngagement.
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What began with a single screening of the 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth, has grown into an annual series featuring some of the most current documentaries about global climate change, sustainability, and environmental education. Over 4,600 students, faculty, and community members have attended screenings and participated in discussions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum over the last eight seasons.

Thursday, Sep 4, 6:30pm
The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, an unholy alliance of governments and big business continues to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people all over the world are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization.

The Weatherspoon, along with the UNCG Office of Sustainability and the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, is proud to support this year’s films in conjunction with the Warren Ashby Dialogue series, a year-long interdisciplinary conversation on the philosophy of localization as a response to global social and environmental change.

Panel discussions with local experts will give participants a chance to ask questions and learn more about sustainability issues relevant to North Carolina. Films begin at 6:30 pm and are free and open to the public.

Oct 9 • The Ethics of Fracking
Nov 13 • Shored Up
Jan 22 • Thin Ice
Feb 19 • Above All Else
Mar 19 • Growing Cities
Apr 23 • Sustainability Short Film Competition

 

*Reposted from the Weatherspoon Art Museum