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Time to Choose

Thursday, February 2

Released:  2015
Director: Charles Ferguson
Run time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Oscar-winning documentary director Charles Ferguson captures the urgency and innovation of this critical moment [climate change] in his new film, Time to Choose, which takes audiences on a journey from the threats we face to the remarkable stories of people changing our world for the better.

Time to Choose also delivers a clear message to audiences: we can take action to stop this global threat. It is the first major film to offer compelling stories of the innovators, leaders and average people fighting on the front lines for a cleaner, more sustainable world.

Its scope is truly global, with footage and interviews from five continents. The film's investigation of the true costs of fossil fuels and industrialized agriculture takes audiences inside the drivers of these global phenomena. Audiences meet Appalachian residents suffering from coal-poisoned waters, descend into the dangerous coal pits of China, see the red night skies of Nigeria's oil and gas lands, and hear from courageous officials fighting corruption and deforestation in Indonesia. Through these portraits and more, Ferguson shows the toll the status quo is taking on human lives and the world around us.

But Time to Choose also features world-renowned entrepreneurs, innovators, and thought leaders who point the way to a better world. Time to Choose leaves audiences understanding not only what is wrong, but what needs to be done to fix it. It looks squarely at our unique common moment on earth, with an eye to helping change the course of human history. 

(Source: Official film site, http://www.timetochoose.com/)


Patricia M. DeMarco, Ph.D.
President, DeMarco & Associates
Visiting Researcher & Writer, CMU
Senior Scholar, Chatham University