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Eco-comedy screening shows how to save the planet

April 14, 2011

More than 150 Vancouverites learned five surprising ways to save the planet last month at a free SFU Continuing Studies screening of How to Boil a Frog.

The film’s producers describe it as “comedic documentary about the consequences of overshoot: too many people using up too little planet.”

Dr. Patricia Gallaugher, who helped organize the March 10 screening, said it was about “scientists and citizens working together.”

Gallaugher, a fish physiologist and conservationist, directs SFU‘s Continuing Studies in Science and Environment program, which offers workshops, lectures, and scientific think tanks that make science accessible to the general public.

“I liked that instead of leaving the theatre with a sense of dread over the state of the environment, I left feeling that we can all make small changes in our lifestyles that will make a difference,” said Devon Wood, Grade 12 student who attended the screening.

Jon Cooksey takes questions
after the screening March 10.

Director made film for his daughter

Jon Cooksey, the film’s writer and director, decided to make the film in part for his daughter. In the film’s press kit, he wrote that he wanted her to have “have a future beyond living on a raft with the last polar bear.”

For me, I looked around and saw that I couldn’t give my daughter a better future without giving everybody a better future,” he wrote.

He chose to use film to create change because of its broad appeal:

“It seemed to me that nobody was really using the tools of entertainment to reach a broad audience in the way that TV series and movies reach that audience – by offering them something that they want to go see.”

Cooksey, along with an SFU Environmental Science Student Union representative and Dr. Andrew Weaver, a scientist and professor from the University of Victoria, fielded questions after the screening, which was part of a film and lecture series called “A Planet Under Pressure.”

For information on upcoming lectures and events this spring, visit the Continuing Studies in Science and Environment program‘s website.