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'Tomorrow' Documentary Is Changing the Conversation About Climate Change

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Originally released at the opening of COP21 in November 2015, environmental documentary Tomorrow is being released in the US on April 21 in celebration of Earth Day (April 22).

The work of French actress and filmmaker Mélanie Laurent and French writer, director and activist Cyril Dion, the film highlights some of the most significant environmental issues facing humanity and the people across the globe who are actively working to find solutions and drive change. The idea for the documentary was born out of a special briefing in the scientific journal Nature, which predicted the possible extinction of mankind before the end of the 21st century.

Laurent and Dion take a markedly different approach to the discourse of climate change, exchanging doom-and-gloom rhetoric in favor of concrete examples of solutions across 10 different countries to environmental and social challenges of the 21st century. The film is one of the top-grossing French documentaries of the last 15 years and was awarded a César Award for Best Documentary Film in 2016.

During filming, Laurent and Dion interviewed individuals and organizations re-imagining agriculture, energy, economy, democracy and education. They include:

  • Elizabeth Hadly, researcher specializing in vertebrate ecology under the influence of global warming at Stanford University
  • Charles and Perrine Hervé-Gruyer, owners of Bec Hellouin organic farm and school of permaculture
  • Rob Hopkins, teacher in permaculture and founder of the Transitions Towns movement, a model referring to grassroots community projects that aim to increase self-sufficiency
  • Bernard Lietaer, economist and proponent of complementary currency
  • Michelle Long, founder of one of the first and most important Business Alliance for Living Economies (BALLE) networks
  • Kari Louhivuori, principal of the Kirkkojarvi Comprehensive School in Espoo, Finland
  • Pierre Rabhi, French farmer, philosopher, writer and founder of Colibris, a movement based on the principles of agroecology and permaculture which organizes activities to promote these values
  • Elango Rangawamy, former chemical industry engineer and mayor of Kuttambakkam, India in the Tamil Nadu state
  • Robert Reed, spokesman for Recology, an employee-owned integrated resource recovery company that has created some of the most innovative and advanced waste reduction programs in the country
  • Jeremy Rifkin, American essayist, specialist in forward thinking and founder and chairman of the Foundation on Economic Trends (FOET)
  • Thierry Salomon, engineer, energy specialist and co-founder of the Negawatt Institute
  • Olivier De Schutter, legal scholar and professor of international human rights law and former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food
  • Vandana Shiva, writer and founder of Navdanya, a network of seed keepers and organic producers spread across India
  • David Van Reybrouck, historian and writer who promotes the principle of the drawing of lots
  • Malik Yakini, manager of D-Town Farms, a seven-acre farm near Rouge Park in Detroit, MI and founder and executive director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network

The US release of the film coincides with the publication of Cyril Dion’s book of the same name, which gives a more in-depth look into the themes explored in the film and introduces initiatives not covered in the film. Tomorrow will be released in New York and Los Angeles on April 21, with more cities to follow.


Libby MacCarthy is an Editorial Assistant at Sustainable Brands, based in Maine and France. She is a former urban planner specializing in sustainable cities, and an urban farming and film photography enthusiast. She holds a BA in Environment, Society and… [Read more about Libby MacCarthy]


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