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August Movie Screening – The Economics of Happiness

Monday, August 13 at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start.

This award-winning film  describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, an unholy alliance of governments and big business continues to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people all over the world are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm—an economics of localization.

The film shows how globalization breeds cultural self-rejection, competition and divisiveness; how it structurally promotes the growth of slums and urban sprawl; how it is decimating democracy. The second half of The Economics of Happiness provides not only inspiration, but practical solutions. Arguing that economic localization is a strategic solution multiplier that can solve our most serious problems, the film spells out the policy changes needed to enable local businesses to survive and prosper. We are introduced to community initiatives that are moving the localization agenda forward, including urban gardens in Detroit, Michigan and the Transition Town movement in Totnes, UK. We see the benefits of an expanding local food movement that is restoring biological diversity, communities and local economies worldwide. 

The good news is that as we move in this direction we will begin not only to heal the earth but also to restore our own sense of well-being. The Economics of Happiness challenges us to restore our faith in humanity, challenges us to believe that it is possible to build a better world.

As a bonus for SNG followers, we’ll show Annie Leonard’s newest short film, The Story of Change as an opener.

Sustainable North Grenville’s events are open to everyone! Snacks (No buffet for the summer), coffee, tea and a cash bar will be available. Bring a friend along, relax, enjoy the show, share your perspectives – Monday, August 13th at 6.30pm for 7pm start at the Branch Restaurant. We look forward to seeing you there!

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