If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary? The documentary, The Reluctant Radical, follows activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. World Community is screening this inspiring film on Tuesday, November 13th at 7 pm in the Stan Hagen Theatre, North Island College, Courtenay campus.

After twenty years of involvement in environmental organizations, Ken becomes increasingly alarmed by the scientific evidence of climate change and the repercussions for civilization as we know it. All of the traditional legal avenues were not making a difference so he makes the critical decision to take non-violent direct action to shut down all the US tar sands pipelines on October 11, 2016. The film reveals both the personal cost and also the fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral calling – even if that means breaking the law.

This is a story of heroism, full of love, anguish and humour.

All are welcome. Admission is by donation. For more information: 250 337-5412.

 

Ed Carswell

World Community