Film offers hope about addressing climate change

The Rev. Jeffrey Spencer, Senior Pastor at Niles Discovery Church, says, “Climate change is the moral issue of our day. We must address climate change if we want to address hunger and starvation, mass human migration, and even war.”

With the burning of fossil fuels being the leading cause of global warming, a clean energy revolution is needed to address climate change. Happening: A Clean Energy Revolution explores what is happening to address the dangers. A free screening of the documentary will be held at Niles Discovery Church, 36600 Niles Blvd., Fremont, on Saturday, October 13, at 1:30 p.m. as part of the Second Saturday Documentary Series. It will be followed by a discussion led by Pastor Jeff.

Film maker James Redford says that it’s easy to feel despair when one considers how dangerous climate change is. It can be so overwhelming that one falls into an indifference. He said he made Happening to “get back on board and fix the situation.”

“The solution is here, and clean energy is inevitable,” Redford said. “The right thing will happen. The question is, what kind of world will we be living in when it does?”

“Only a tiny fraction of people know they can [go green],” he said. “A lot of it is education and awareness. In California you’re talking about one million people that aren’t on renewable [energy] that could be.”

His journey to explore clean energy took him across California and beyond, from deserts in Nevada to the outskirts of Buffalo, New York. The going wasn’t always easy. “I was struggling with hypocrisy,” he said, and he found it difficult to document carbon neutrality without attempting it himself. “I thought, why don’t I document my own journey? People would relate more if they could relate to somebody making sense of all this. Documenting my own journey was a way of trying to be a conduit for a general audience, to ask the dumb questions that people were afraid to ask.”

Come to this screening to find out what answers Redford found.

The Second Saturday Documentary Series is co-sponsored by Niles Discovery Church and the San Jose Peace and Justice Center. Learn more about the series at

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