Director: Josh Fox
Country: USA
Year: 2016

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What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away? How can we face a profoundly uncertain future with creativity and courage? And how do we feel our own despair without giving up on the world? These are the questions that Oscar-nominated documentarian and activist Josh Fox asks in How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change. Fox makes the case that it’s too late to prevent some of the worst consequences of climate change—but that doesn’t mean we should give up.

Seeking tools from humanity’s cultural heritage, he travels to frontline communities fighting the ecological crisis. In China, collaboration and art help everyday citizens become pollution whistleblowers. Villagers in the Amazon steward their ecosystems with care, and New Yorkers recover from Superstorm Sandy through community engagement. On low-lying island nations, the Pacific Climate Warriors rally around the battle cry, “We are not drowning; we are fighting.” Fox argues that our global crisis calls us to revolutionize our value systems to prioritize compassion, humanity, resilience, democracy, nonviolence, creativity, and justice.

Read more in 2016 interview with Josh Fox by Tricycle associate publisher Sam Mowe, “What Makes Humanity Worth Saving?

To learn more, visit howtoletgomovie.com.

This film will be available to screen until midnight on Friday, May 1st, 2020.

Pacific Climate Warriors celebrate their successful protest, stopping a coal ship from leaving Australia's Port of Newcastle. | Photo courtesy of Bullfrog Films.

Josh Fox in a scene from How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change. | Photo courtesy of Bullfrog Films.

my soul drifts light upon a sea of trees

Raven Joseph and Tatianna Burchette, high school students in the Rockaways (New York City), dance on the beach hit by Hurricane Sandy one thousand days after the storm. | Photo courtesy of Bullfrog Films.

how to let go of the world and love all the things climate can't change

Josh Fox and Ella Chou talk about alternative energy options and reimagining a better future atop the Great Wall of China. | Photo courtesy of Bullfrog Films.

how to let go of the world and love all the things climate can't change

Josh Fox gestures to the oppressive smog from a rooftop in Beijing. | Photo courtesy of Bullfrog Films.