2024 Conversations about Climate Action

March 17 – Air & Water Elements: Part 2

Presentation: Beyond Climate

Canadian; David Suzuki; 2020; w/cc; length: 48:00

Dr David SuzukiSynopsis: Beyond Climate takes viewers beyond the headlines and into the heart of the issues. The film holistically connects the larger patterns of climate change with the human dimension, and what it looks like across BC from the top of the mountains to the depths of the oceans. Shot throughout the province over many years, the collective wisdom and perspectives of Indigenous leaders, local communities, scientists, and policymakers are featured. Dr. David Suzuki - renowned scientist, broadcaster and environmentalist - helps guide the journey as the narrator of the film. But, David is more than just narrator, he’s a long-term resident of BC, having lived most of his life in Vancouver, and this film is part of his enduring legacy. Now, in his 80s, Suzuki reflects back on his life, how his home province is changing, and offers his personal perspectives on the environment, economy, and opportunity to navigate our complex future if we “pull back and give nature a chance.” Addressing many of the pressing issues facing BC - from pipelines, liquefied natural gas, salmon, and Indigenous rights - the film is a timely contribution to the province and country as we grapple with climate change, the paramount issue of our time.

Presentation: The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Fight Climate Change: Talk About It!

Katherine Hayhoe, TED Talk, 2018, length: 17 minutes

Synopsis: How do you talk to someone who doesn't believe in climate change? Not by rehashing the same data and facts we've been discussing for years, says climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe. In this inspiring, pragmatic talk, Hayhoe shows how the key to having a real discussion is to connect over shared values like family, community and religion -- and to prompt people to realize that they already care about a changing climate. "We can't give in to despair," she says. "We have to go out and look for the hope we need to inspire us to act -- and that hope begins with a conversation, today."

February 18– Air & Water Elements: Part 1

Presentation: Arctic Sinkholes

PBS/NOVA/WGBH; 2022: w/cc,  length: 53:27

Arctic SinkholesSynopsis: Colossal explosions shake a remote corner of the Siberian tundra, leaving behind massive sinkholes. In Alaska, a huge lake erupts with bubbles of inflammable gas. Scientists are discovering that these mystifying phenomena add up to a ticking time bomb, as long-frozen permafrost melts and releases vast amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. What are the implications of these dramatic developments in the Arctic? Scientists and local communities alike are struggling to grasp the scale of the methane threat and what it means for our climate future.

Chapters 00:00 Introduction 02:22 Giant Sinkhole in Siberia 05:54 Evidence of Methane in Sinkholes 09:02 Alaskan Lake Bubbling 14:47 Effects of Permafrost Thaw on Climate 17:26 Native Alaskan Solutions to Permafrost 21:37Organic Matter Impacted by Permafrost 24:44 Greenhouse Gases Emitted from Permafrost Thaw 33:37 Fossil Methane in Earth’s Crust 42:19Arctic Regions are Sinking 47:47 How Communities are Finding Solutions to Permafrost Melting 50:15 Conclusion

Presentation: Ask Me Anything, with Dr David Suzuki

CBC Cross Country Check-up w/ Ismaila Alfa,  2023; w/cc; length: 27:00

Synopsis: Former host of The Nature of Things, David Suzuki joins Cross Country Checkup to takes questions about the need for action in the climate change fight, cutting through 'hopium' and the new normal stemming from wildfire smoke.

January 21 – Introduction to Climate Change

Presentation: Living in the Future’s Past

Documentary directed by Susan Kucera; 2018; w/ closed captions. 1 hour, 22 minutes

Living in the Future's PastSynopsis: What kind of future do we want to live in? Jeff Bridges presents this beautifully photographed 4K tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the life challenges we face. This film upends our way of thinking and provides original insights into our subconscious motivations, the unintended consequences, and how our fundamental nature influences our future as mankind.





2023 Presentations

December 17, 2023

Presentation: The Beaver Believers

With guest speakers, Tom Coleman and Karl Erickson
Documentary directed by Sarah Koenigsberg, 2018 w/cc; length: 63 minutes

Beaver Believer CloseupSynopsis: The Beaver Believers is an award-winning feature documentary sharing the urgent yet whimsical story of an unlikely cadre of activists - five scientists and a sassy, spicy hairdresser - who share a common vision. They’re all working to restore the North American Beaver, that most industrious, ingenious, bucktoothed engineer, to the watersheds of the American West.

The Beaver Believers encourage us to embrace a new paradigm for managing our western lands, one that seeks to partner with the natural world rather than overpower it.  As a keystone species, beaver enrich their ecosystems, creating the biodiversity, complexity, and resiliency our watersheds need to absorb the impacts of climate change.  Beavers can show us the way and do much of the work for us, if only we can find the humility to trust the restorative power of nature and our own ability to play a positive role within it.

Plus discussion about beavers in Kitsap with two experienced stewards:

  • Tom Coleman facilitates the Little Anderson Creek Watershed Working Group at Newberry Hill Heritage Park where several families of beavers reside. Tom is a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Certified Beaver Relocator as well as a history teacher for Central Kitsap School District.
  • Karl Erickson, with degrees from the University of Washington in Environmental and Nuclear Engineering, teaches WSU Extension Stream Stewards Classes and is a board member for the Friends of Newberry Hill Heritage Park.

November 19, 2023

Presentation: Forest of the Lynx

With Special Guest Joshua Wright on Kitsap’s Green Mountain preservation

Synopsis: Austria’s Kalkalpen National Park is the largest tract of wilderness in the Alps, but it was not always that way. The park was once the site of major logging and mining operations. This film chronicles life in this wilderness and the complex partnerships among plants, insects, animals and trees. It provides inspiration to us about how to rejuvenate our forests.

The film will be followed by a discussion of preservation of forest land near Kitsap’s Green Mountain with guest expert Joshua Wright. Legacy Forest Defense Coalition of Washington

October 15, 2023

Presentation: Frog Song: The World of Amphibians

Produced by: Get.Factual

Synopsis: Amphibians are living fossils in a modern world. The species of frogs, toads, and salamanders are more diverse than you can ever imagine. Whether dodging danger, raising their young, or wearing a disguise, amphibians never cease to amaze. Explore the fascinating world of the frogs and their cousins.



July 16, 2023

Presentation: Fantastic Fungi

Directed by Louie Schwartzberg

Fantastic FungiSynopsis: Fantastic Fungi is a consciousness-shifting film about the mycelium network that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet.

Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors like Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we become aware of the beauty, intelligence and solutions that the fungi kingdom offers in response to some of our most pressing medical, therapeutic, and environmental challenges.




June 18, 2023

Presentation: Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees

Narrated by Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Synopsis: Take a walk in the woods with acclaimed Irish-Canadian scientist and author, Diana Beresford-Kroeger, as she reveals our profound human connection to the ancient & sacred northern forests and the essential role that they play in sustaining the health of our planet.










2024 Presentations

  • Beyond Climate
  • The Most Important Thing You Can Do To Fight Climate Change: Talk About It!
  • Arctic Sinkholes
  • Ask Me Anything, with Dr David Suzuki
  • I, River
  • Living in the Future’s Past

2023 Presentations

  • The Beaver Believers
  • Forest of the Lynx
  • Frog Song: The World of Amphibians
  • Fantastic Fungi
  • Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees