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How Transformational Festival Culture Is Modelling Sustainability

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Transformational festival culture strives to create and become the more beautiful world it imagines. Traveling to several of these festivals across the world, this short film looks at the ways these festival communities are putting sustainability into practice.

Certainly, sustainability is a journey and not a destination. What is captured in this film is the beginning of a process that will continue with every generation. And beyond the simple sustaining of our culture and ecology, transformational culture seeks to imagine regenerative ways of living that aren't just neutral but are mutually beneficial to all Earth and people systems.

One of the beautiful things I think that is captured in this video is their spirit of creativity. They aren't waiting until they have it all figured out and can do everything 100% perfectly. They are taking the next logical steps in front of them and are content to evolve and improve as they go.

- Films For Action


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Films For Action was founded in 2006 by a few friends in Lawrence, Kansas, after realizing how essential a healthy media is to a healthy democracy.

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“Independent media is dangerous because it allows people to speak for themselves. And when you hear someone speaking from their own experience - whether it's a Palestinian child or an Israeli grandmother or an uncle in Afghanistan or a refugee in the Calais refugee camp - it changes you. It breaks the sound barrier. It challenges the stereotypes and the caricatures that fuel the hate groups. You may not agree with what you hear - I mean, how often do we even agree with our family members? - but you begin to understand where they're coming from. That understanding is the beginning of peace. I really do think that the media can be the greatest force for peace on Earth. Instead, all too often, it is wielded as a weapon of war. We have to take the media back.” - Amy Goodman, Place to B at COP21