Film seeks climate change solutions

No matter your politics, we’re all aware of climate change. If the environment gets you riled up, why not look at the solution instead of the problem? Many documentaries focus on the destruction of the earth and warming of the planet, but Carbon Nation is focused on problem solving.

Environmentalists and skeptics as far away as London have seen the film, but this Friday, Jan. 6, it is coming to Asheville. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville and Transition Asheville will screen the movie as part of its Social Justice Film Nite.

Carbon Nation bills itself as a “climate change movie that doesn’t care if you believe in climate change.” Directed and produced by Peter Byck, the film describes itself as optimistic, non-partisan and dogma-free.

The movie encourages viewers to take action, whether directly or by spreading the word. The filmmakers invite the public to submit a video or short article about their own ideas and solutions for climate change. Articles must be unpublished at 5,000 words or less and any video (as long as it’s clean) is welcome.

“One of our goals was to make a film that wasn’t blaming and shaming, because we found that, just in our lives as people, that didn’t really inspire us to do the right thing… We wanted to make a film that was forward-looking, find out who was doing good things,” says Byck.

Carbon Nation will be screened as part of UUCA’s Social Justice Film Nite on Friday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. Free, but donations are encouraged. Future movies will be screened on the 2nd Friday of each month. Info:


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