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Transition Galway, in collaboration with NUIGalway's EcoSoc, are delighted to be able to invite you to a film screening of 'The Economics of Happiness'.
"Economic globalization has led to a massive expansion in the scale and power of big business and banking. It has also worsened nearly every problem we face: fundamentalism and ethnic conflict; climate chaos and species extinction; financial instability and unemployment. There are personal costs too. For the majority of people on the planet life is becoming increasingly stressful. We have less time for friends and family and we face mounting pressures at work.
The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization." (www.theeconomicsofhappiness.org)
The Economics of Happiness offers not only a big-picture analysis of globalization, but a powerful message of hope for the future. The thinkers and activists that were interviewed for the film come from every continent, and represent the interests of the great majority of people on the planet today. Their message is unambiguous: in order to respect and revitalize diversity, both cultural and biological, we need to localize economic activity. They argue that a systemic shift – away from globalising economic activity and towards the local – is an almost magic formula that allows us to reduce our ecological footprint while increasing human well-being.
The film is directed by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Steven Gorelick & John Page. 'Going local' is a powerful strategy to help repair our fractured world – our ecosystems, our societies and our selves. Moving away from the old institutions of power, people are starting to forge a very different future.
The film screening will start at 7.30pm in the Tyndall Theatre in NUIGalway, which is located in the Chemistry biochemistry building. http://www.nuigalway.ie/campus-map/
We will have a short discussion about the film afterwards.
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