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Climate change up for discussion at this new Coquitlam film, speaker series

The Force of Nature Alliance is hoping its inaugural event in Coquitlam can spark interest in local residents to learn about their community's environment.
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Force of Nature Alliance is hosting a new film and speaker series that focuses on the environment and the impacts of climate change.

A Metro Vancouver-based non-profit that boasts leadership in educating the public on climate change is looking to do more of it through a new film and speaker series.

The Force of Nature Alliance has scheduled a free four-night event — spread out over the next four months — that includes movie screenings, guest speakers and Q&As about the impacts of climate change.

According to its website, Force of Nature is a "growing grassroots movement to transform the Lower Mainland into Canada's first-ever zero carbon metropolis."

A release sent to the Tri-City News adds, while this mantra will be prominent, the Eco-Cinema Series event plans on sharing a "variety" of perspectives on "coming to terms with environmental loss."

Force of Nature said it also hopes the community can take an interest in their surrounding environment and understand the accelerating effects of climate change.

"There's more carbon in the atmosphere than at any time in human history," its website reads. 

"Here in the Lower Mainland, sea levels are rising and summer wildfires are raging out of control....We know communities can solve the climate crisis, and we have eight years left to turn the tide."

The Eco-Cinema Series' first film is The Magnitude of All Things.

Released in 2020, the 90-minute documentary by Ontario filmmaker Jennifer Abbott explores the stages of grief and its parallels between humanity and Earth.

Force of Nature is set to share the movie next Wednesday (Aug. 9) at the Coquitlam Public Library's City Centre branch (1169 Pinetree Way).

Abbotsford author Natalie Virginia Lang will follow as the night's guest speaker. She's also scheduled a reading from her new book, Remnants.

The other three Eco-Cinema Series nights are as follows:

  • Sept. 14 = The Hidden Life of Trees (2020)
  • Oct. 31 = 2040 (2019)
  • Nov. 7 = Before the Flood (2016)

Each screening is free and open for the public to attend, but registering for tickets in advance is encouraged.

For more information, you can visit the Force of Nature Alliance's Eventbrite page.