TEN MORE YEARS TO RESTORE THE PLANET
Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet - and its people. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. It can help to end poverty, combat climate change and prevent a mass extinction. It will only succeed if everyone plays a part. Watch this film which begins the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Anita Rani look at the amount of plastic we produce.
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Based on real events, A HIDDEN LIFE is the story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. When the Austrian peasant farmer is faced with the threat of execution for treason, it is his unwavering faith and his love for his wife Fanni and children that keeps his spirit alive.
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Since posting this we have learned that it may be some time before you get to see the film in your area, but keep checking. At the International Chapter in 2017, there was a presentation on Franz Jägerstätter by some people who were working on his cause for sainthood. It was by all counts a great presentation. He was a Secular Franciscan. Attached are the notes from the CIOFS website.
The presentation was translated from the German.
You may know the Franciscans as great preachers and humble servers, but do you know that we have our own intellectual tradition? For years we have made distinct contributions to Catholic theology. (9:00 min)
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Watch Leonardo DiCaprio’s three-year journey exploring the subject of climate change, Before the Flood, free on all platforms the same day it premieres on the National Geographic Channel, for a limited time. The film is also available on Netflix.
How many millions of people will be forced to leave their homes by 2050? This documentary looks at the so-called hotspots of climate change in the Sahel zone, Indonesia and the Russian Tundra.
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It is far too late to save the Alpine glaciers. And now, the dangers caused by tons of melting ice are rising sharply. Every year, climate change is destroying two of the currently 70 square kilometers of glaciers left in the Alps. The permafrost in the Alps is thawing, and transforming what used to be sturdy slopes into loose screes. In addition, climate change is leading to significantly more extreme weather conditions every year, while heavy rainfall causes serious erosion...
By the year 2050, a quarter of the every world’s cities will be facing water shortages. Cape Town is already running out of water now. But the catastrophe was foreseeable: politicians have ignored periods of drought and the rapidly growing population for too long. South Africa is facing its drought of the century. Cape Town's water supply is under threat because the metropolis is quenching its thirst with surface water alone. But climate change is making the weather more unpredictable and the reservoirs emptier. Those responsible are feverishly seeking a remedy. Can the worst still be averted?
Wim Wenders' new documentary, "Pope Francis - A Man of His Word," is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. The pope's ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today's global questions. From his deep concern for the poor and wealth inequality, to his involvement in environmental issues and social justice, Pope Francis engages the audience face-to-face and calls for peace. (Rotten Tomatoes)
We have just watched this film and found it excellent. It has given us a much better appreciation for this man and his work in the Church. It makes us proud to be Secular Franciscans. Highly recommended. - George Guimond ofs, FVC
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Child labour, poverty and terrible working conditions lie behind the sugar you eat.
This film raises key questions about where the products we consume originate, at what human cost they are produced and ultimately, where our responsibility lies.
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Some of these movies may be available elsewhere.
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