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Documentary shares inspiring solutions to big problems

Documentary shares inspiring solutions to big problems

Inspiring solutions to the environmental, economic and social problems of our time are the focus of a new New Zealand film screening at the Suter Art Gallery this Saturday.

Living the Change, directed by Antoinette Wilson and Jordan Osmond, tells the stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way.

The documentary’s subjects include a former financial trader who left the corporate world to establish a permaculture property in the Bay of Plenty, a farmer who is changing his traditional Hawke's Bay sheep and cattle station to one that uses diverse, integrated, regenerative farming systems, and a couple who created a luscious forest-garden in Riverton, among others.

Osmond told Stuff that he hoped the film would encourage Kiwis to consider their consumption and its impact on the planet.

“It's main message is that individuals have the power to create change, your individual actions do make a difference and while these issues are big and scary like climate change – and they are serious and urgent things – individual actions can address that,” he said.

“It's not just waiting for the politicians to do something, there definitely needs to be that, but we feel like the change is going to come from the grassroots level and the Government and businesses will follow.”

Living the Change is screening as a fundraiser for the Green Party this Saturday, April 7, at the Suter Art Gallery at 6.30pm. Tickets are $15 and can be bought from Craig Potton Gallery and Store, 255 Hardy St (cash only), or by emailing emily.king@greens.org.nz.

If any tickets are left there will be door sales on the night.

For information about the film check out the website: https://livingthechangefilm.com

Read the Stuff story here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/film/101615751/Kiwi-documentary-looks-at-New-Zealanders-changing-their-world

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