Cohousing Member Betzi blogs about her passion to educate others about the climate crisis

As a new resident of Eugene, I am continuing my involvement in educating others about the climate crisis by joining 350 Eugene. It’s my belief that we need to become well informed about how to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. We need to turn off fossil fuels and turn on renewable energy. We need to take action collectively on all fronts NOW.

An upcoming community event I’m passionate about is “This Changes Everything,” an internationally acclaimed documentary that will screen Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1685 West 13th Avenue, in Eugene. Doors open at 6 p.m. for networking with climate activists; the film runs from 6:30-8 p.m. The event is free to the public, but donations are accepted.

As background, the film was directed by Avi Lewis and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international nonfiction book titled "This Changes Everything.” Featured in the film are seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines of the climate crisis, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. 350 Eugene, Interfaith EarthKeepers, UUCE Service in Action, Raging Grannies and other climate activists are co-sponsoring the film.

Eugene climate activists, including myself, planned the showing of "This Changes Everything" as a lead up to the Global March for Climate Solutions occurring worldwide. The Eugene March will take place on Saturday, Nov. 28.

For me, there is a moral imperative for all of us to acknowledge that climate change is driving our planet towards catastrophe. Denial, distraction, apathy and despair are indulgences that we simply don't have time for. 

Watch the film’s trailer.