The Reluctant Radical

If a crime is committed in order to prevent a greater crime, is it forgivable? Is it, in fact, necessary?

Backbone Meaningful Movies presents THE RELUCTANT RADICAL, Tuesday, February 12, 6PM.

The documentary features climate activist Ken Ward as he confronts his fears and puts himself in the direct path of the fossil fuel industry to combat climate change. Ken breaks the law as a last resort and with great trepidation, to fulfill what he sees as his personal obligation to future generations.

Following the film, Valve Turner Michael Foster will speak about his direct action experience and his ongoing work to combat climate change.

Foster was convicted of felony conspiracy to commit criminal mischief and misdemeanor conspiracy trespass in 2016 when he entered a valve site of the Dakota Access Pipeline and shut the valve off. This act of climate disobedience shut down 15% of US crude oil imports for nearly a day – a display of the sorts of shifts that are necessary to avoid complete climate cataclysm.

This event will reveal both the personal costs and also the fulfillment that comes from following one’s moral calling- even if that means breaking the law, and is made possible thanks to generous support from Vashon Theatre and Island Green Tech.