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About the film

What You Won't Do For Love

A Film by Why Not Theatre
Co-Presented by TO Live and Soulpepper
Produced with support from TO Live and Soulpepper


Ravi Jain
Kevin Matthew Wong


Tara Cullis
Miriam Fernandes
Ravi Jain
David Suzuki


Tara Cullis
Miriam Fernandes
Sturla Alvsvaag
David Suzuki


Meg Roe


Ravi Jain


Kevin Matthew Wong / Broadleaf Theatre


Alessandro Juliani 


Felix MacDuff


Dylan Humphreys


Pool Service Productions

Director of Photography - Julian Geraets
Camera Operator - Phil Collins
Camera Operator - Dallas Sauer
Sound - Peter Robinson
Gaffer - Joshua Carballo
Editors - Phil Collins, Dallas Sauer
Production Assistant - Maria Zarrillo


Alex Bulmer


Derek Kwan


Devin McNulty


Matt Reznek


Abigail F. Aries


James Ramlal


C. Derrick Chua, Barrister & Solicitor


Provided by The Research House Clearance Services Inc.


+ Dramaturg's Notes

— Insights from Ravi Jain & Kevin Matthew Wong

“That’s amazing! David freaking Suzuki wants to do a play with me!”
- Miriam Fernandes

A few years ago our team began creating a play with David and Tara.  We all quickly fell in love with them, their stories, and adventures, and we wanted to share their stories to inspire others to care for our planet as they do. Miriam worked tirelessly to transcribe and sift through hours and hours of our recordings. Then Ravi and Miriam would piece the stories together and read them at 3 am to Kevin, who would help to shape the story. David and Tara would then want to rewrite and add MORE stories and we just kept piecing this puzzle together. It was an amazing detective story, scouring through evidence and making our case till 4 o’clock in the morning! Once the puzzle started to form a picture, what became clear to us was how David and Tara’s five-decades-long love bolsters and reinforces their individual convictions and actions for the planet. We thought, maybe their love stories could become a template for others’ actions. In Feb 2020, we got to perform the show with a live audience. They loved it and were as moved and inspired as we were.  It was magic. And then COVID hit.  

“Every generation needs to understand it’s responsible to take care of the planet for the future.”
- Tara Cullis

Every day the climate emergency became more urgent. And while COVID shutdowns prevented us from gathering in theatre spaces, we knew we had to find a way to continue to spread the message of the theatre piece - that love can be both a catalyst for action and an antidote to climate despair.  So what do we do when the story you have to tell is urgent but people can’t be together to share it?  

“The real war isn’t to stop the dam or leave the oil in the ground. It’s to change people's hearts and minds.”
- David Suzuki

Film presented a host of challenges — we had a whole new aesthetic vocabulary and set of tools to work with and… um… where is the audience?! Where is the energy and the feedback of performance!? No raucous laughter at our jokes? No standing ovation at the end?! Many of these challenges became opportunities for us to stretch our creative muscles –  film provided us the ability to find new and different ways to convey the intimacy that we had in live performance. And it also allowed us to place our conversations in specific settings and tell the story of David, Tara, Miriam and Sturla’s blossoming relationship more subtly.  

We were also privileged to get to know the incredible lands that we filmed on — the unceded territories of the Laich-Kwil-Tach, specifically the We Wai Kai, as well as the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Tsleil Waututh, and the Squamish. We tried to convey the beauty and power of these locations in the poetic interludes in the film. 

Working on this project and being able to spend time in nature as we did has been such a privilege. It allowed us a deeper understanding of an important lesson that David and Tara have received from their Indigenous friends and colleagues over the years, which they recount in our film: the importance of reciprocity. To acknowledge that we are deeply connected to the land and that the land gives us life. It cares for us, and we must be responsible to care for it in return. We are nature. 

In creating this film, we wanted to tell a story that could help us remember and recognize all that we receive from this planet, and to practice gratitude for it. A story that helps us recognize our deep interconnection with all that surrounds us. A story that can help us to fall in love with this planet and care for it the way it has and will care for us.
Like Tara and David, we want audiences to understand that you can find your own unique voice, contribution, and role in a movement for a healthier, more liveable planet.

It’s not too late.

“When you love something, you will do anything you can to protect it…”
- Tara Cullis

What You Won’t Do For Love
A Film by Why Not Theatre
Co-Presented by TO Live and Soulpepper
Produced with support from TO Live and Soulpepper
“Our love radiates out from the physical to metaphysical, we share in our ideas and our greatest love is our children who are the product of our love and that means we love the planet that sustains us.”

David Suzuki, Performer, Co-Writer

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Artistic Team

Poems in the Film

Additional Resources


THE JUMP — Make at least one life shift to change the system


End Climate Silence — a volunteer organization helping the media cover the climate crisis.


All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis (2020)

The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines. Michael E. Mann (2012)

The Madhouse Effect: How climate change denial is threatening our planet, destroying our politics and driving us crazy. Michael Mann and Tom Toles (2016)

Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know. Joseph Romm (2016)

Merchants of Doubt. Naomi Oreskes and Eric Conway (2010)

Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era. Amory Lovins (2011)

Exxon: The Road Not Taken. By Neela Banerjee et al. (2015)

Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming. James Hoggan (2009)

The Climate Casino. William Nordhaus (2013)

Climate Change and Renewable Energy: How to End the Climate Crisis. Martin Bush (2019)

Climate Change Adaptation in Small Island Developing States. Martin Bush (2018)

Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Paul Hawken (2017)

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History. Elizabeth Kolber (and Company LLC. 2014)

Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change. Elizabeth Kolbert (2016)

 A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency. Seth Klein (2020)

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life after Warming. David Wallace-Wells (2019)

Value(s):  Building a Better World for All. Mark Carney (2021)


The Sacred Balance (2002)

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

I Am Greta (2020)

Microplastics Madness (2019) 

First Hand: Climate Change Stories - Norma’s Story (2015)

Live from #COP25: Special Event on #ClimateEmergency (2019)

general resources / organizations
If you want to help your local government take action on climate change, this guide will help you work with your local government so you can build a healthy, sustainable, resilient future together.
You know the other “Rs” deserve our attention — reduce, reuse, refuse, reclaim, renew, revitalize, refurbish, rethink and redesign, to name a few.Aspire to zero waste living. These tips will get you closer!
Young people are not only victims of climate change. They are also valuable contributors to climate action. They are agents of change, entrepreneurs and innovators. Whether through education, science or technology, young people are scaling up their efforts and using their skills to accelerate climate action.
Landback is a movement that has existed for generations with a long legacy of organizing and sacrifice to get Indigenous Lands back into Indigenous hands. Currently, there are LANDBACK battles being fought all across Turtle Island, to the north and the South.
The David Suzuki Foundation offers a list of the top ten things you can do about climate change. These are practical, effective, and immediate actions you can take to do something now.
Taking a values-based, solutions-oriented approach, the SLC: Student Leadership for Change (SLC) program is constructed around a few essential values of a sustainable worldview. Student Action Packs within each module focus on specific examples of where we can shift our behaviours to support a sustainable future, allowing students to identify with an overarching value and develop an inclination to make sustainable choices in other parts of their life.
We are a Canada-based, global non-profit organization of youth mobilizing youth to create just, climate-resilient futures. We equip youth with skills, financial access and policy knowledge to take leadership in climate spaces. Since we started in May 2017, we’ve worked with 30+ partners around the globe to design and pilot projects that have reached thousands of young people in more than 77 countries.
Student Energy is a global youth-led organization empowering young people to accelerate the sustainable energy transition through a variety of initiatives, including university-based Chapters, a digital Energy System Map, and the largest student-led energy conference in the world.
youth led climate groups in Canada
Future Ground Network exists to offer training and resources to emerging and experienced local grassroots groups to amplify their impact on the issues that matter most to their communities.
At UNICEF, we are committed to helping young people take action to protect the future of our planet. We do this by raising youth voices on the climate crisis and by to address climate change.
We are a youth-led, grassroots organization with the primary mission of mobilizing to demand climate justice through the organization of school strikes, rallies, and marches.
A youth-led P.E.I group that leads roadside cleanups, treeplantings, and tries to educate Islanders about what they can do to stop climate change.
We are a network of hundreds of students, young people,activists and allies, connecting youth climate justice organizing from coast to coast. Weare united and empowered by the hope and vision we have of climate justice and a justtransition to a better world. We work to stop climate change, amplify each other's voices andcoordinate actions to create change in our communities.
We are a movement of young people across Metro Vancouver—united by the urgency we feel to stop climate catastrophe and by a shared vision to exercise our agency, and create a more just and sustainable world.

Pre-Show Podcast

— For Blind and Low Vision Patrons

Exclusive sneak preview

Concept by Sunny Drake

Listen to the pilot episode of this exciting new audio series here!  

“When our tall ship arrived at Ny-Ålesund, the world's northernmost climate research station, I met scientists collaborating with hundreds of weather stations globally. Inspired by this teamwork, an international group of playwrights will be our Story Scientists. Together, we will delve into the human side: the stories we’re told, the stories we tell ourselves, and the ways they shape our responses to climate change.”
- Sunny Drake

Land Acknowledgement

What You Won’t Do For Love was filmed on the unceded territories of the Laich-Kwil-Tach, specifically the land of the We Wai Kai, and the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Why Not Theatre, TO Live, and Soulpepper’s activities take place in Tkaronto, the land of the Wendat, the Haudenosaunee, and the Anishinabek First Nations, including the Mississaugas of the Credit. This territory is covered by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) Confederacy and the Anishnaabe (Ojibwe) and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the lands and the relationships around the Great Lakes.

We acknowledge all of the storytellers, knowledge keepers and caretakers who have stewarded this land from time immemorial and will continue to do so far into the future.

Listen to the pilot episode of this exciting new audio series here!  

Enjoy the film! 

Listen to the pilot episode of this exciting new audio series here!  


Director of pHOTOGRAPHY
Julian Geraets
Joshua Carballo
Maria Zarrillo
Josephine Ridge
Weyni Mengesha
Emma Stenning
Franco Boni
Joyce Rosario
Deanna Bayne
Andre Seow
Severn Cullis-Suzuki
Sarika Cullis-Suzuki
Tom Powers
Jivesh Parasram
Ronnie Chickite 
Selina Suleman
Laurie Brydon and Kevin Elke
Danny Miller, Robyn Plumsteel,
Tavin Miller, Greyson Miller,
Bode Miller and Hudson Miller. 
Ariel Martz-Oberlander

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