A documentary exploring the hopeful stories of people in Michigan working to find climate change solutions is set to premiere with a campus screening.
"Climate Sisu: the stories of climate resilience from Northern Michigan” is a production involving Grand Valley faculty and recent alumni. It tells stories from an array of people across Michigan involved in climate action, from scientists to farmers to urban planners, with the message that people can effect change even if the crisis feels overwhelming, said Elena Lioubimtseva, professor of geography and sustainable planning and one of the film's producers.
The film's premiere is set for 7:30 p.m. April 6 at the Loosemore Auditorium on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus.
The term "Sisu," a Finnish concept that denotes strength, determination and resiliency to overcome the most difficult challenges, emerged as the ideal name for the film – especially given the deep Finnish heritage in the Upper Peninsula, Lioubimtseva said.
A hallmark of the film is presenting an urgent call to action steeped in optimism, Lioubimtseva said. People in the state are working to find meaningful solutions, creating community resilience.
MORE: Watch a trailer for 'Climate Sisu'