Regenerating Life – How to cool the planet, feed the world, and live happily ever after

Regenerate Grey Bruce will host three viewings of the film Regenerating Life – How to cool the planet, feed the world, and live happily ever after. In  partnership with Eat Local Grey Bruce, Owen Sound Field Naturalists, National Farmers Union Local 344 (Grey), and supported by the Greenbelt Foundation, we will show the film on the following dates:

Owen Sound, Bayshore ArenaOct 12, 7-9pm      – Part I&II, Q&A with Dr. Thorsten Arnold 
Southampton, Bruce County Museum Oct 14, 7-10pm  – Part I&II, Q&A with Dr. Thorsten Arnold and Timothy Dixon

Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre Oct 18, 7-10pm  – Part I&II, Q&A with Dr. Thorsten Arnold and Timothy Dixon

Owen Sound, Bayshore ArenaOct 26, 7-9pm      – Part III, plus farmer panel on “Food System for Cool Climate Landscapes”

Kristine Hammel, Regenerative farmer at Persephone Market Garden, Director with Eat Local Grey Bruce, MSc in Organic Food Chain Management
Brenda Hsueh, Regenerative farmer at Black Sheep Farm and Financial Analyst with Farmers for Climate Solutions
Amanda Klarer, Director with Eat Local Grey Bruce and Food System Strategist with Regeneration Canada


Regenerating Life takes an ecological approach to unravelling the climate crisis. It challenges the prevailing idea that carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are the primary cause of this crisis and offers a new narrative. In three parts, this documentary miniseries proposes that it is humankind’s relentless destruction of the natural world that has caused the climate crisis, which greenhouse gas emissions only accentuate and escalate. This is because nature – the vast biodiversity that exists on our planet – regulates and balances Earth’s climate. In consequence, he warns us that any policies and actions directed to greenhouse gas emissions and carbon dioxide removal alone would be insufficient for curbing the climate crisis, often even counterproductive. But he also broadens our perspective on climate actions in ways that can give true hope.

Regenerating Life invites audiences to rethink their assumptions about climate change and humankind’s relationship to nature. Through community screenings and discussions, people may be inspired to come together to make changes in their own communities to help restore regional forests, parks, and waterways, and support the emergence of community gardens and locally grown nutritious food.  The film concludes with one simple ask: to #RethinkEverything.

Director John Feldman combines artful camera work, beautiful nature images, and conversations with a great range of leading experts – regeneration advocates, biologists, physicists, climatologists, and social organizers. He uses archived film materials to elucidate our perception biases, and how corporate messaging has slowly infiltrated the way how our brains perceive ourselves and the world around us. The film is both tough and hopeful. It cleans up with the oversimplistic notion that carbon dioxide emissions cause climate change, and – more importantly – that our policy focus on carbon dioxide emissions can, by itself, restore a healthier climate. The observed climate change far exceeds what scientists would expect from an increase in greenhouse gases – we can only understand what is happening to Earth if we broaden our lens. Luckily, we can actually do something about the non-GHG aspects of global warming: we can locally regenerate living landscapes, and turn the local greenhouse effect down. We can do this everywhere on Earth – independently without having to wait on others. And it makes a difference – local cooling can exceed the warming effect from greenhouse gases! So while it is tough to face the planetary crisis in its full extent and complexity, such an honest perspective also gives new agency for individuals, new opportunities for communities, new agency for regions, and new hope that humankind can do something impactful to reduce the hardships from global warming.

Director John Feldman tells a holistic story by connecting an enormous range of knowledge fields / learning disciplines. While each fact is simple and intuitive, the way he connects facts is unusual and challenging. To make the content accessible and break up viewings into multiple sessions, the film is well structured: divided into three 40-minute parts, with each part further subdivided into ~10 short sections. Especially the last part is perfectly suited for on-farm viewings, in combination with regeneration walks. No other film has ever drawn the connection between ecological farming and the climate crisis as pointedly, as clearly. And no other film is so good at telling the story of life, as a self-regulating system that is not only more complicated than we think, but indeed more complex than we CAN think. There certainly is no single solution to our crisis. Yet, we can manage for regeneration – by applying “a thousand little hammers” that nudge our ecosystems toward health. I believe that every regenerative farmer should not only watch this documentary, but also host a viewing on their farm for customers, friends and neighbours.

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