Embers of Awakening: Film Viewing and Panel Discussion

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Slow Food Sonoma County North, in partnership with the Windsor Regional Library and Listening for a Change, invites you to a special showing of the film Embers of Awakening: From Firestorms to Climate Healing. The 75-minute film will be followed by a moderated panel discussion with Duskie Estes, Evan Wiig, and Phyllis Rosenfield--the film’s producer and director and president of Listening for a Change.

About the Film
Stories from 2017 Tubbs fire survivors situate a global climate crisis in Sonoma County and question how we can recover from trauma while providing insights to prevent the further demise of our communities and planet.

Sonoma County experienced nearly identical fires 53 years apart but the results were vastly different. We ask questions: What happened during those years that generated such a devastating fire? What could have been done differently? What is the role of climate change? What can each of us do?

Featured are interviews of scientists, politicians, theologians, psychologists, physicians, business people, climate activists, firefighters, people who lost their homes, and others. Visual footage helps explain the story: the effects of a firestorm, rebuilding, solar panels, electrification options, geysers generating electric power, controlled burns, as well as community members and organizations partnering to resolve issues.

Scientists clearly state that the window of opportunity to make lasting change shrinks daily. We ask the questions: How can we awaken one another quickly and what can each person do to make a difference? We want viewers to leave with active hope–reflecting on the science and stories shared and considering what they can personally do to contribute to the greatest existential challenge our planet has faced.


This talk discusses sensitive content, which some people may find triggering or disturbing. The views expressed by presenters are their own and their appearance in a program does not imply an endorsement of them or any entity they represent. Reference to any specific product or entity does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by Sonoma County Library.


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This program is offered in English.