As the title might suggest, director Avi Lewis' climate change documentary "This Changes Everything" — based on Naomi Klein's bestselling book — is looking for a fairly radical adjustment in how we approach what's wrong with the environment and what's gotten us into this mess. But it's a change in perception Lewis is increasingly optimistic about, even if big business types probably aren't going to like what he has to say.
It seems to be a bit of an uphill battle, trying to change the way people approach climate change and the environment.
It's funny, we're such adaptable creatures, humans, and on some level denial is a useful and important human response to traumatic situations. But I think when we manage to snap it into focus, when we manage to come out of our casual, everyday denial — which, to be clear, we need to get through the day —we make ourselves look and go, "Holy smokes, this is for real." This is the new reality, and we need to start grappling with it. We can't just be playing the adaptation game, because we already know where that leads. The One Percent will have their armed lifeboats, and the rest of us will watch them sail off into the distance. So we need to start grappling with the causes, and that's really what this project is about. It's about the people on the front lines of this crisis, whether of the impacts of climate change or the fossil fuel extraction that's driving it — oil and coal and fracking — they're in the least denial because their daily lives and their land and their water are effected. And the way that they respond, the way that they fight back, we find really inspiring in terms of mapping out how to address the underlying causes and what is the way forward.