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The Reluctant Radical (2018)

THE RELUCTANT RADICAL features activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change.

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Lindsey Grayzel (as Lindsey Goodwin-Grayzel)

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Ken Ward
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If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary? THE RELUCTANT RADICAL features activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. Ken breaks the law as a last resort and with great trepidation, to fulfill what he sees as his personal obligation to future generations. After twenty years leading environmental organizations, Ken becomes increasingly alarmed by both the scientific evidence of climate change and the repercussions for civilization as we know it. Ken pushes for a crisis level response and when his efforts fail, he embraces direct action civil disobedience as the most effective political tool to deal with catastrophic circumstances. THE RELUCTANT RADICAL follows Ken for a year and a half through a series of direct actions, culminating with his participation in the coordinated action to shut down all the U.S. tar sands oil pipelines on ... Written by Lindsey Grayzel

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22 February 2018 (USA) See more »

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Ken Ward: Either you're for burning fossil fuels and ending the world, or you're against it. Which is it?
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It moved me to tears, and hopefully it can move many to action
16 October 2018 | by jodevansSee all my reviews

I recently saw this film at the Environmental Film Festival Australia. I was genuinely moved to tears by the story of Ken Ward. His dismay at the lack of action and urgency surrounding climate change is palpable. The film communicates his honesty, passion and concern is such a genuine way that it is hard not to feel like you know him personally.

I wish I knew him personally so that I could thank him for all the times he puts himself in harms way in the name of saving humanity. I wish I knew him personally so I could give him a hug and say 'I believe you and understand just how urgent and distressing this planetary emergency is'.

This film is a must see for anyone passionate about the environment. Actually, this film is a must see for every single person. While not everyone will be prepared to put themselves on the line as Ken frequently does, we should all be moved to action from this film.


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