Tuesday, November 9, 2010

cool it

Friends, if you are interested, you might want to check out a new documentary, “Cool It.” Here’s my disclaimer: I HAVEN’T SEEN IT. Therefore, I can’t speak to the veracity of it. However, more opinions and more information are always good. Those helping to market this film have allowed me to share screening information here for anyone who is able to attend. (Scroll all the way to the end of my diatribe for the deets. These screenings are coming up fast!)

I am not a scientist and I don’t even play one on TV. However, I am passionate about environmental stewardship because, frankly, we have royally screwed up the incredible gift of nature that was entrusted to us. Seriously. I am not going to debate global warming or climate change or deep sea oil wells or whaling or factory farming (OK, maybe that), but whatever our politics, we have to be more conscientious and consider our children’s children’s children in every purchase we make. Since I happen to believe God created the universe, I think that means I am required to take care of it to the best of my ability. But you know, I’m weird that way.

However… one thing (at least) from the clips of this movie definitely resonates with me: People who are living day to day, hand to mouth, are not interested in hearing what you (or I) have to say about anything, be it the environment, disease prevention, education or faith. I have worked with people in those circumstances right here in the over-fed United States and I can tell you, our messages, our mission and our sermons fall on deaf ears when physical survival is at stake. How do we turn a deaf ear to their plight?

Think you are one of them? Maybe you are, but here’s an eye opener. Even when I stress about bills for college and braces, I am humbled by the embarrassment of riches I have at my disposal. Humbled, I tell you.


Here’s the official trailer, for your viewing pleasure (or displeasure, as the case may be):

If you have the time, please watch the TED speech as well. It’s quite thought provoking.

If you are interested in attending a screening of this movie, here’s how to do it:

1. Access the following link to review the available events in your areas: http://reeltruths.com/cool-it/events/

2. Click the "RESPOND / RSVP" link to confirm seats (for you & your guests)