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Film: Somewhere in New Mexico- Leaving Empire for New Lives

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Somewhere in New Mexico is a professor of environmental science who decided the best thing to do about climate degradation is to leave his post and help people transition away from industrial civilization.

Somewhere in New Mexico is a community living off the grid, people working together, and meeting each other's needs.

Somewhere in New Mexico, Before the End of Time is a documentary film by Mike Sosebee, about Prof. Guy McPherson's path, from a prestigious university, to the nitty-gritty world of permaculture and water capture.

Dr. McPherson believes industrial civilization is destroying our human habitat, and must end. Global leadeers won't give us leadership, only antagonism. it is up to us as individuals, he says, to walk away from empire -start new lives, without our gadgets of destruction.

To Mike Sosebee, it's a vital message. "We're sleepwalking into the end of the world," he tells co-host Daniel Kerbein in this 38-minute interview. "And that really scares me."

In the film, he shows people who have carved out new lives, off the grid and into homemade food security.

For Sosebee, the story isn't just about an academic who went back to the land. It's also about the censorship brought down on an educator / scientist when he told the world what he saw.

Mike Sosebee is a decorated veteran, former air traffic controller. He's brought viewers up close to blues musicians and chronicled the lives of the homeless in San Diego County. This new project is his largest yet, and thanks to donations of support it will soon be complete.

This show first aired on KBBF-FM 89.1 Calistoga/Santa Rosa, CA. Please support bilingual public radio.