“How to let go of the world (and love all the things climate can’t change)” takes a unique and compelling perspective on how to deal with the frustration and hopelessness that come with Climate Change. This film left me with the perfect amount of despair to fuel resilience and empowerment. Like most environmental films, it starts out depressing, conveying the harsh realities that come with climate change, and addressing the idea that it might be too late to save our constantly deteriorating environment. But, it doesn’t end there. It’s too late to stop climate change from happening, but the film focuses on what climate change won’t actually change. Dancing. Love. Happiness. Community. Compassion. These are all parts of life that will not fundamentally change. What Josh Fox, the producer, found when filming is that the economy is our current form of wealth. We place so much value on money that we forget about the richness in community, we forget about the value of dancing for no reason, and we forget that a tree is more valuable than apiece of paper.
Look at what’s happening. We are destroying the very thing that is keeping us alive. The film suggests that we need to place our inherent human values above the values of the economy. A powerful segment of the movie shows the emotional distress that comes with what is happening to Earth, or rather, what humans are single handedly doing to it. With all the scientific information that we have about what the future already looks like, there is arguably no reason not to just go sit at home and enjoy the trees in our own backyard. What’s the point in trying to stop something that has already happened? As an environmentalist, I know it’s easy to think like that, but I also know that that kind of thinking will not lead to resilience, community development or revolutionary change.
Producer, Fox, suggests we may not be able to alter climate change, but we can alter our attitude. Putting an emphasis on togetherness and community resistance and resilience. He visits indigenous communities who greatly respect the land and what it offers. Many of these people’s livelihoods are being threatened by big corporations coming in and wanting to buy their land to extract resources. For indigenous peoples, money means nothing and subsequently they are some of the happiest beings on the planet. Their dependence on the land creates a deep-rooted passion to want to protect it.
There is no key solution for climate change, something that is already in motion. But we can still dance about the small victories we win together. If you want to understand “All the Things Climate Can’t Change”, watch this compelling documentary about a guy who seeks to find optimism in the midst if the worlds biggest crises.