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Start a conversation about the good, green life

We can help you organize a screening of The Good Life – The Green Life in your home, community, workplace or classroom. If you are in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia, we may also be able to send a facilitator to help guide a discussion, or a speaker to talk about the film or key issues it addresses. Drop us a line at goodgreen@policyalternatives.ca .

Screening The Good Life – The Green Life is easy! You can stream it for an audience, download a single-run video file through Vimeo, or email us to order a free DVD copy of the film. The Good Life – The Green Life is available under a limited copyright protection license – which means you can feel free to show it to people in classrooms or public places without worrying about getting anyone’s permission first. More information on copyright is available here.

The following resources can also help you host a screening:

  • To download a poster for your screening event, click here.
  • Use our downloadable discussion guide to help facilitate a conversation after the film.

There are other ways to get involved with The Good Life – The Green Life  project too. You can:


Additional resources

Want to learn more about the issues in the film – or get involved? Here are some ideas and links related to each chapter in the film. (You’ll also find these with the videos.)

Chapter 1 – The crossroads

Climate Change 101

Need a refresher about what climate change is and how it works? Check out this great video with Bill Nye The Science Guy.

Climate change is the fight of our lives

Naomi Klein (author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine) talks about why it’s difficult but vital that we all come to terms with climate change.

Think global, act local

Want to connect with other people in your community who are taking action on climate change? 350.org brings people together in communities all around the world.


Chapter 2 – Nobody’s perfect

As featured: Growing Chefs

In this chapter, Tanya talks about her volunteer work with Growing Chefs – an urban agriculture program that gets kids excited about good, healthy food. Want to learn more, or become a volunteer yourself?

Scaling up green transportation

In this chapter, Puneet talks about why it’s important to live in a community where the things you need are close by – and why he loves taking public transit. To learn more about how we build complete communities and green transportation options, check out this short video from the Climate Justice Project, or this related report.

The Queen of Green

Want to lighten your environmental footprint? Get to know the David Suzuki Foundation’s “Queen of Green” for tips, advice, how-to videos, and more.


Chapter 3 – What is a good life?

Transition Towns

In communities around the world, people are coming together to talk about how to make the transition to sustainable, healthy communities in their local area. David is involved in Transition Surrey. Find out about events and groups near you – or how to get one started.

Kids, parents and climate

In this chapter David talks about how living a good, green life is a family affair. Thinking about how you as a parent can help your kids be aware – without getting overwhelmed? Here’s a great conversation between Annie Leonard and Lisa Hoyos, co-founder of the organization Climate Parents.

The Future We Want

Climate change is serious business – and it can be overwhelming to think about. Sometimes it’s easier to think about the future we don’t want than it is to envision just what a sustainable, healthy future could look like. Here’s a project that helps people imagine the future we want.


Chapter 4 – Slow it down

As featured: Your local farmers market

Carolyn works as manager of the farmer’s market in Squamish, BC. Want to find a market in your community? Use this locator to find your BC community market.

What do a living wage and slowing down have in common?

If you’re working long hours just to pay the bills and feed your family, slowing down is a luxury you can’t afford. A living wage can change that. Learn more about how a living wage can support a decent quality of life for families and reduce poverty.

The Story of Stuff

Want to learn more about why it’s so important to slow down the pace of our consumption? Annie Leonard lays it all out in this excellent animated video.

Every bite counts

In this chapter Carolyn and Thomas talk about their passion for sustainable food. What would it take to create a sustainable food system for an entire region or province? Learn more in this Climate Justice Project report.


Chapter 5 – Scale it up

As featured: The Now House Project

In this chapter, James talks about being inspired by The Now House Project, which is finding ways to make older homes energy efficient in creative, affordable ways.

Hammond Forever House

Through their new blog, James and Leanne share the the day-to-day details of retrofitting their house. Follow them as they figure out what to do, how to do it and how to pay for it.

A green industrial revolution

Retrofitting our homes and other buildings is a key part of reducing greenhouse gas emissions – and also creates green jobs. Learn more in this Climate Justice Project report.

The Story of Change

This animated video explores how we can go beyond making green choices on our own, as consumers, to get together as citizens to make change.


Chapter 6 – Bottom up/Top down

So you want to be an activist

As Edith says in this chapter, activism can be as simple as having a conversation with friends or family – and it can take off from there. If you want to connect with citizen-driven organizations making change here in BC, here are some examples to get you started.

Where governments come in

There are things citizens and communities can’t do by themselves. We need governments to make public policies that can make a good, green life possible for everyone. The Climate Justice Project (which is hosted by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) has lots of examples of what this could look like in British Columbia and Canada – from how our food systems could work, to how we could have good jobs and a strong economy without relying on fossil fuels.


Chapter 7 – The future

Where hope and action can lead…

In this chapter, Leanne, David and the others talk about their choice to focus on hope and action. Where can that lead? Author Chris Turner gives us concrete, inspiring examples in his book, The Leap: How to survive and thrive in the sustainable economy. Find it at your local library or independent bookstore!

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The Good Life - The Green Life is a project of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, an independant, non partisan research institute concerned with issues of social, economic and environmental justice.

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