How to Boil a Frog

PUBLISHED: 09:37 21 April 2011

WALDEN in Transition is screening the documentary ‘How to Boil a Frog’ at St Mary’s Parish Rooms, Saffron Walden at 8pm on Thursday April 28.

The film tells the story of Jon Cooksey, an ordinary man on a mission, who decided a few years ago that he had to do something personally to make sure his 12-year-old daughter would have a future, given all the bad news on global warming.

The title is based on the premise that if a frog is placed in boiling water it will jump out but, if it is placed in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death. The story is often used as a metaphor for the inability of people to react to significant changes that occur gradually.

‘How to Boil a Frog’ is aimed at people who are wondering whether anything that they might do will actually make a difference.

Cooksey puts it bluntly: “If you believe you can make a difference, you can; if you don’t believe you can make a difference, you can’t.”

One interesting effect of deciding to act is that citizens come together in cooperative ways to fight for their communities - and they can make a lot of friends, just as Cooksey did.

This is something, he says, our society has all but forgotten where competition and the acquisition of private property and goods are more valued than our relationships with each other.

Everyone welcome. Free entry with a suggested donation of £3 to cover costs. For more details contact Steve Willoughby on 01799 501456.

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