This Changes Everything: New Film Features TWP’s Tribal Program


Director Avi Lewis’ new film, This Changes Everything, asks the question, “What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?” The film attempts to “reimagine the vast challenge of climate change.”

The documentary was inspired by award-winning author Naomi Klein’s critically acclaimed bestselling non-fiction book, This Changes Everything. Published in 2014, it debuted at #5 on the New York Times list and was named to multiple Best of 2014 lists, including the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2014.

The film based on the book presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines of climate change, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.

We had the honor of welcoming the film crew to the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center in March of 2013 where they filmed one of our solar energy workshops for Native Americans. It was hosted in partnership with Lakota Solar Enterprises, Solar Energy International, and the National Wildlife Federation’s Tribal Lands Conservation Program.

This Changes Everything crew filming at the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center in 2013.

Students from the Cheyenne River Tribe expanded on their knowledge and interest in solar energy. They gained hands-on experience in the installation of solar PV systems, learning how harnessing the power of Mother Nature can provide independence from our current energy system.

With Klein narrating the film, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there, the film weaves together these students’ stories and other stories of struggle, culminating with the idea that, “we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.”

Naomi Klein says, “when I finally stopped looking away, traveled into the heart of the crisis, met people on the front lines, I discovered so much of what I thought I knew was wrong. And I began to wonder: what if human nature isn’t the problem? What if even greenhouse gases aren’t the problem? What if the real problem is a story, one we’ve been telling ourselves for 400 years.”

We are excited to be hosting three screenings of the film in November:

  • Nov. 9, 2015 at 5:30pm  – The Posner Center for International Development – Purchase Tickets >>
  • Nov. 11, 2015 at 5:00pm- University of Colorado Boulder – RSVP here >>
  • Nov 12, 2015 at 6:30pm – Colorado State University – RSVP here>>

For information about upcoming screenings around the US and beyond please visit

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Trees, Water & People is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to developing sustainable community-based conservation solutions.

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