Flickering points of light scattered in a black sky. The barely audible skitter of insects in the shadows of towering sandstone cliffs. The wonder of a delicate spider web. Wild Hope tells the story of our deep spiritual connection to the natural world, a connection that has the power to rewire our brains, take us back to our deepest roots, and change how we think and act in a world needing our care. This short documentary combines personal story, science, and passion in a unique mix to inspire viewers to protect wild ecosystems against an unrelenting materialistic culture that’s producing social malaise and an uninhabitable planet. Our economic system fails us, but our tie to the natural world is elemental. Scientific studies document the power of nature to induce pro-social behavior, reduce stress, shorten healing times, and ameliorate trauma. Psychological research verifies that the awe of the natural world turns our attention away from ourselves, inviting us to transcend our day-to-day agendas, to un-self and to care. We don’t have decades to change course. Wild Hope dares to challenge the economic underpinnings driving climate change, and awaken us to the possibility of a more meaningful life—a life defined not by consumption, but by compassion. An informative panel discussion following the film will further explore these important concepts.
Join us on Wednesday, April 10 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Community Hall at the Third Street Center. An informative panel discussion following the film will further explore these important concepts. Speakers include Shelley Silbert, Executive Director of Great Old Broads for Wilderness and Julie Wille of Women for Wild Lands. Beer and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase.