How to Change the World

The adventures of an eclectic group of young pioneers who founded Greenpeace and defined the modern green movement.


Jerry Rothwell


UK, Canada



Running Time

112 mins 

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SFGFF Film Program:

SF Green Film Festival Screening: May 30, 2015


How to Change the World chronicles the adventures of an eclectic group of young pioneers who set out to stop Richard Nixon's atomic bomb tests in Amchitka, Alaska, and end up creating the worldwide green movement. Using never before seen archive footage, the film spans the period from this first expedition through the first whale and seal campaigns, and ends in 1979, with the creation of Greenpeace International. Writings and journals about the group from Bob Hunter, a charismatic journalist, provides the heart of the story. How To Change The World is an intimate portrait of the group's original members and of activism itself.

2015 Sundance: World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing.

DISCUSSION WITH: Annie Leonard, Executive Director, Greenpeace USA.