SMU: Inspiring new film spotlights sustainable communities solving environmental problems

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by ahnationtalk on June 5, 202064 Views

A new documentary – to be released June 5, World Environment Day – focuses on the power of communities to find sustainable solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges.  The film, Sustainable Futures – Communities in Action, highlights how local communities have dealt with challenges they face with the environment, the climate, and how to sustain economies and livelihoods.

“The strength that comes from these small communities shows that building a sustainable future isn’t as far off as some would think,” says Dr. Tony Charles, a professor at Saint Mary’s University and director of the Community Conservation Research Network. “We hope that by showcasing the successes of people working together in their communities, it will open up a discussion about rethinking the world’s path to sustainability.”

This 52-minute film follows four communities from different corners of the world as they deal with some of the biggest global challenges. The film begins in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where the local community battles for food security. It travels to the other side of Canada to the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, British Columbia, which is working to protect their rights and build relationships. The film moves to Papendorp, South Africa, where the local community fights to build a sustainable future, and Koh Pitak, Thailand, showcasing the community’s success achieved through caring for the environment.

The film is presented by the Community Conservation Research Network (CCRN) and Saint Mary’s University. It was produced by Nexus Media in Chester, Nova Scotia and financially supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The film will be available, starting June 5, at:


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