The full title of this 2011 documentary, showing in Albany on Sunday afternoon, February 12th, 2012, is Growthbusters – Hooked on Growth? The synopsis begins, “Everything we thought we knew is wrong!”
When you challenge such a firmly held paradigm as the one that says economic growth is essential for our heath and happiness, you can bet you’ll meet with opposition. The creator of this film, Dave Gardner (“will direct to save planet”), ran for office in his home town in Colorado on the platform of zero growth after meeting with progressively more open ridicule every time he addressed the city council. After a nail-biting campaign against the incumbent, he won over 40% of the votes. In today’s political climate, that’s quite an achievement! His passion and sense of humor come through in the film and make very palatable the hard task he presents to us of contemplating a completely new way of thinking about progress.
The final piece of the movie consists of local Transition leaders, including Bay Localize’s Dave Broom, demonstrating what can be done.
The screening will be followed by discussion led by instructor in Human Evolution, Mark Mason PhD, who also volunteers with Occupy Oakland.
That’s Sunday, February 12, 1:30 pm at the Albany Library, Edith Stone Room, 1247 Marin Avenue at Masonic, Albany, CA. The documentary is 100 minutes long and the whole event should be over by 4:30 pm.
There is no charge for this event, but we will be collecting donations to help cover the cost of the screening. If you want to guarantee seats for yourself or your party, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-528-2261, then arrive before 1:15 pm. Thank you!