The Wisdom to Survive




If you would like to purchase The Wisdom to Survive for private use, please do! We’ve prepared a discussion guide, in case you’d like to show it to a small group of friends.

Discussion Guide available

If you’d like to show the film in public, that would be a community or theatrical screening: learn more or book your screening through Bullfrog Films.

Would you like to purchase the film for your library or school? That’s educational use: buying the film for educational use gives you the right to screen it multiple times.

If you represent a library or educational institution, please purchase The Wisdom to Survive through Bullfrog Films.

Climate change is here. Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. Interviewed: Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy, Roger Payne, Herschelle Milford, Quincy Saul, and more.

Duration : 56 min.

Release Date : 2014

Would you like to use Wisdom to Survive to spark discussion with your neighbors? We offer screening kits to help. When you order a kit, it comes with a license to publicly screen the film once, and to sell the DVD copies for private use only. We’ll have flyer you can download to help spread the word. You can sell the consumer DVDs to defray the cost of your screening. Note: you can ask for donations. If you charge admission, that’s a theatrical screening. Look for more info below. Please email angela at if you have any questions: bottom line is, we want you to be able to use the film to increase awareness and activism to limit the impact of climate change.

Screening Kit Choices

  • $59 No-Frills Package: 1 Community License DVD and 50 postcards
  • $99 Basic Package: 1 Community License DVD, 5 Consumer DVDs, 100 postcards
  • $199 Activist Package: 1 Community License DVD, 10 Consumer DVDs, 150 postcards

If you charge admission for your screening, the license fee depends on your audience size. Here’s the structure:

  • 50 people or less: $100
  • 50-100 people: $200
  • over 100 people: $350




This film accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks—what is keeping us from action? In discussions with thought leaders and activists, we explore how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society, and the lives of billions of people.

Praise for Wisdom to Survive

“This film is deeply moving and profoundly engaging. Indeed, it has the potential to transform lives because it provides visions of how we should live in the midst of massive environmental challenges. I cannot recommend it more highly!”—Mary Evelyn Tucker, Forum on Religion & Ecology at Yale

“This is a starkly prophetic film. It combines the direst of warnings with deep love of life. Better than any other film I know, it makes clear that our profit-oriented growth economy has caused the climate catastrophe and cannot itself rescue us from disaster. We need new thinking and a new way of life.”—Tom F. Driver,  Paul Tillich Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology, Union Theological Seminary

“While demonstrating the enormous challenges of our times this film also calls for transformation. It is a powerful witness to the possibility of change as we awaken to the remarkable beauty of our planet.”—John Grim, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology

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Price Levels

Consumer/Home Video, Public Library/Secondary School, Synagogue/Church/Mosque, University/College/College Library, Public Performance/Screening License


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