The beauty of this film is that it calls me out of the closet. To shake off whatever cultural baggage there is that inhibits me from admitting to those around me that I care. In this hyper individualistic, hyper materialistic, hyper militaristic epoch, caring and wearing your heart on your sleeve is risky and radical. And bolder still is to stand up for whales and polar bears, Afghans and Native Americans.

Jim Merkel, Author of Radical Simplicity

Author Jim Merkel

Wisdom to Survive breathes life into the movement to love, defend, and lend helping hands to the one planet home we have. This film honors the wisdom of youth, scientists, clergy, activists, indigenous peoples, artists and you. It entices you out of the closet. If you are haunted by the stupid thought that heroics are needed to save the planet and you think, I’m no hero, this film will help you forget that nonsense.

Jim Merkel, Author of Radical Simplicity

Originally a military engineer trained in foreign military sales, Jim was prompted by the Exxon Valdez disaster and the invasion of Iraq to devote his life to sustainability and world peace. He now directs the Global Living Project. Learn more about Jim on his website.