THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action?

The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of society, and the lives of billions of people.

Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. They urge us to open ourselves to the beauty that surrounds us and get to work on ensuring it thrives.

While it highlights some harsh realities – please come and be encouraged by the many people who are doing something good in the world and can show us how to – too!

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Meet the Panelists:   

Lisa Goddard, Director, International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University                                               


Lisa leads IRI’s research to understand and predict climate change. She is also an adjunct associate professor in Columbia’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

She is a globally recognized expert on El Niño and La Niña, decadal prediction and near-term climate change and sits on the Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate of the U.S. National Academies of Science, as well as four others.   In 2007, she developed PACE, a national post-doctoral program that explicitly links recent climate Ph.D.s with decision making institutions.


Stephen Filler – Chief Legal Officer, VP Business Development at Joule Assets

SFStephen is VP Business Development and Chief Legal Officer at Joule Assets, a firm that: invests; creates innovative financial and legal structures; and advocates policies, laws and regulations supporting energy reduction.

Stephen, a former Public Defender, was instrumental in creating the legal framework behind New York State’s Community Choice Aggregation energy policy and co-founded which provides corporate social responsibility ratings of nearly 5,000 companies.


Daniel Martin – Community Facilitator, Sustainability Advocate

DMDr.Martin offers “community facilitation to help us live together in ways that are truly sustainable.” He was born in Belfast and earned a doctorate in the early days of “deep ecology.” He was ordained as a priest and worked for a number of years in Kenya.

Danny co-founded and has worked as a consultant, offering individual coaching, grassroots community building, and dialogue-based facilitating and training for many organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Heart Association and multiple human service agencies.