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The Reluctant Radical

  • ACMI Federation Square, Flinders Street Melbourne Australia (map)

Dir. Lindsey Goodwin-Grayzel | USA | 2018 | 77 mins

The Reluctant Radical brings us a heartbreaking and heart-warming story of long-time environmentalist and activist, Ken Ward, who confronts his fears to combat the greatest crisis of human civilisation: climate change. With 20 years of experience in leading environmental organisations, Ken is alarmed by the scientific evidence of climate change and the repercussions for human civilisation.

Receiving little support from environmental organisations, Ken takes matters into his own hands and participates in a series of nonviolent acts of civil disobedience as a means of putting himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry. With Ken facing 20 years in jail, we are forced to ask ourselves whether Ken is out of touch with reality – or if it’s the rest of society that is delusional for staying complacent in the face of the unsettling evidence of climate change. 

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This film will be followed by a panel discussion. This panel will include:

  • Nicola Paris - Counter Act

  • Bronwyn Gresham - Compassionate Nature

  • Audrey Cooke - Retired teacher and activist

 

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The Reluctant Radical will screen with Australian short film Serial Pest (11 mins) directed by Billy Dahlenburg. 

EFFA Community Storytelling Project short film by the Climate and Health Alliance will also premiere at this screening.

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  Nicola Paris CounterAct   Nicola Paris established CounterAct in 2012 to support the new wave of community activists rising across Australia and has trained 1000s of people for non-violent direct action, and related campaign skills. She has 15 years’ experience working across the progressive spectrum on a range of environmental and social justice issues. In recent years she has supported some of the largest climate focused civil disobedience events in the country, including Break Free – a ground breaking event that saw over 2000 people, led by First Nations and Pacific Climate Warriors bring the coal exports of Newcastle to a halt for the day.

Nicola Paris
CounterAct

Nicola Paris established CounterAct in 2012 to support the new wave of community activists rising across Australia and has trained 1000s of people for non-violent direct action, and related campaign skills. She has 15 years’ experience working across the progressive spectrum on a range of environmental and social justice issues. In recent years she has supported some of the largest climate focused civil disobedience events in the country, including Break Free – a ground breaking event that saw over 2000 people, led by First Nations and Pacific Climate Warriors bring the coal exports of Newcastle to a halt for the day.

  Bronwyn Gresham Compassionate Nature   Dr Bronwyn Gresham is a clinical psychologist and trained teacher of mindful self-compassion. For the most part of her career she has worked in community mental health, providing therapy for individuals experiencing mental illness. She has been a volunteer with Psychology for a Safe Climate for many years, contributing to workshops, publications and talks on supporting emotional engagement with climate change. She owns a small empathy business, Compassionate Nature, focused on self-care for caregivers, including those who advocate for environment, justice and peace. She values nature and has an interest in holistic health, with an appreciation for the interconnectedness between our wellbeing, the environment, community and the broader context within which we live today.

Bronwyn Gresham
Compassionate Nature

Dr Bronwyn Gresham is a clinical psychologist and trained teacher of mindful self-compassion. For the most part of her career she has worked in community mental health, providing therapy for individuals experiencing mental illness. She has been a volunteer with Psychology for a Safe Climate for many years, contributing to workshops, publications and talks on supporting emotional engagement with climate change. She owns a small empathy business, Compassionate Nature, focused on self-care for caregivers, including those who advocate for environment, justice and peace. She values nature and has an interest in holistic health, with an appreciation for the interconnectedness between our wellbeing, the environment, community and the broader context within which we live today.

  Audrey Cooke Activist   I am a retired school teacher who cares about the environment and social justice. The horrible treatment of refugees and asylum seekers launched me into activism. I joined Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugees Children, spoken with politicians, attended rallies etc. The potential impacts of the Adani Carmichael mine terrified and angered me. In the past two years, I have devoted most of my free time to organising and participating in actions to Stop Adani. Locking myself to the gate of the Adani mine got me many invitations to join more actions. Mindful of my health, I found ways to keep me grounded.

Audrey Cooke
Activist

I am a retired school teacher who cares about the environment and social justice. The horrible treatment of refugees and asylum seekers launched me into activism. I joined Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugees Children, spoken with politicians, attended rallies etc. The potential impacts of the Adani Carmichael mine terrified and angered me. In the past two years, I have devoted most of my free time to organising and participating in actions to Stop Adani. Locking myself to the gate of the Adani mine got me many invitations to join more actions. Mindful of my health, I found ways to keep me grounded.

  Kim Ingles, Moderator   Kim Ingles is storyteller for social and environmental causes. With a background in documentary and a passion for sharing stories with a good message, Kim also facilitates workshops with Digital Storytellers to help build capacity for positive social and environmental impact. Kim is also an Impact Officer with EFFA and runs our Community Storytellers Program.

Kim Ingles, Moderator

Kim Ingles is storyteller for social and environmental causes. With a background in documentary and a passion for sharing stories with a good message, Kim also facilitates workshops with Digital Storytellers to help build capacity for positive social and environmental impact. Kim is also an Impact Officer with EFFA and runs our Community Storytellers Program.

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