Friday, May 19th 7:00 PM Category: Uncategorized
Join Hartley Nature Center for a film screening of “Hike the Divide – A Conversation About Climate Action on the Continental Divide Trail”. Come see the film about Connor DeVane’s backpacking trip on the Continental Divide Trail, and hear the stories from people Connor met along the way, who are working towards a more livable future. Free registration by clicking “going” on our Facebook event page. Light refreshments will be provided.
See more about the project from Connor below….
“My name is Connor DeVane. I feel like I’m constantly reeling, unable to stop myself from keeping up with the sleepless circus that is our national news cycle — maybe you can relate. Though it’s certainly gotten worse since January of 2017, it’s not a new experience for me. Reading about the disruption of our planet’s natural systems, the extraction and consumption that drive this destruction, and the political climate that allows it is a source of despair for many people, myself included. In many ways, it’s counterproductive. It can feel as if the stories we tell about our changing climate weigh us down into apathy, hopelessness.
As a global community, we understand the threats that a changing climate poses, but hardly anyone is acting accordingly. We seem to be paralyzed by the doom and gloom of the seemingly looming climate crisis, when in fact the situation is urgent. Even those who grasp the urgency seem overwhelmed by the scale and gravity of the challenge. Talking about climate change and the future reminds me of talking about death; it’s as if there’s an unspoken agreement amongst everyone to not bring it up. But that’s the thing – everyone is affected by climate. We need to get ourselves off the sidelines. Is there any hope?
Hike The Divide is a storytelling project that answers: YES! Hope is right here, if only you choose it!
What if the stories we tell about our changing climate could inspire people to stand up and take action instead of instilling dread? This is the mission of Hike the Divide. Hike the Divide shares stories that breathe life into the sparks of hope we all harbor: stories that stoke the embers of engagement. These stories remind us that, as Rebecca Solnit said, “Hope is not a lottery ticket you can sit on the sofa and clutch, feeling lucky. It is an axe you break down doors with in an emergency.””