Film series focuses on sustainability

Explores various views of families, mining and recycling

The South Cariboo Sustainability (SCSS) is once again hosting a Winter Film Series, showing four films from January throughApril.

SCSS Secretary Peter Jarvis, who is also the society’s film series campaign co-chair, says the popularity of the past four orfive years and the importance of the topics led them to run it again, but in a new location.

This year’s series is being hosted at the Stemete7uw’i Friendship Centre, by donation (or free).

Sustainability has all kinds of aspects, from food to society, even the seniors care and families side of it too, Jarvis explains.

“We’ve shown one or two movies about getting kids outside [in past years].”

The first film, screened on Jan. 24, described what permaculture is, with several examples of what folks can do from largercommercial farms to backyard gardens.

“We’re such a small group, we can’t really do any ‘heavy lifting’ all we can do is encourage people and educate people inthat sort of way of thinking and handling things.

Jarvis notes the biggest issue at stake now is climate change, whether it is sustaining our water supply, changes totemperatures or fluctuations in our weather patterns.

SCSS tries to educate people in the community on what’s going on in British Columbia, in Canada and across the world, butclimate change is also very much to do with your own carbon footprint, he adds.

The next film screening, on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., is all about families being in tune with nature, but in an entirely differentsetting.

Jarvis says All the Time in the World: A family chronicles the adventures of the filmmaker, her husband and their threeyoung children who leave the comforts of home in a Northern B.C. city behind to live for nine months in the remote Yukonwilderness.

They spend the long northern winter living in a small cabin with no road access, no electricity, no running water, no internetand not a single watch or clock, Jarvis explains.

He says the theme is about “slowing down time” to appreciate all family members.

Then, the great outdoors seems even greater with some “fantastic shots” of the gorgeous scenery in KONELINE: Our LandBeautiful to be screened on March 28 at 7 p.m., he explains.

Jarvis says the film offers both sides of the area’s viewpoints on a proposed diamond mining project in the wildlands ofnorth-western B.C.

“They look at if from the mine developer and the people who want to work in the mine, and then from the First Nationspoint of view and the local people.”

Jarvis adds there is a lot of hunting and trapping in this area, and the film covers a lot of different communities reactions toit, offering a more balanced outlook.

Finally, April 25 at 7 p.m., Racing to Zero, in Pursuit of Zero Waste provides some of the latest views of recycling based on ahuge firm based in San Francisco.

The film promotes the premise of “substitute the word ‘resource’ for the word ‘garbage’ and a culture can be transformed,and a new wealth of industries can emerge.”

The film offers an insider’s peek into the recycling, compositing, re-purposing industry and offers a benchmark torecycling, Jarvis says, adding even folks who think they know a lot about this topic can learn something from the film.

Stemete7uw’i is located at 106B Blackstock Rd., in the annex behind St. Timothy’s Anglican Church near Horse Lake Road in100 Mile House.

100 Mile House Free Press