After seeing the documentary, Rita Hogel knew she needed to give people in the South Burnett the chance to see it too, so she organised the screening of 2020 in Kingaroy.
After seeing the documentary, Rita Hogel knew she needed to give people in the South Burnett the chance to see it too, so she organised the screening of 2020 in Kingaroy. Matt Collins

Passionate Rita, 70, is standing up for what she believes in

RITA Hogel was born in 1949 in West Germany.

These days, the Cushnie resident balances her time between the South Burnett region and Bellingen, south of the border.

The retired school teacher declares she has way too much energy and passion to do what your average 70-year-old does.

"I don't do what all my friends in Bellingen do,” she said.

"They all go on cruises to Antarctica, or sit in coffee shops or go to the RSL.

"I am very active. I stand up for things I believe in.”

One of the things she is passionate about is the future of our environment.

So, when she saw the new environmental documentary 2040 she knew she wanted other people in the South Burnett to see it too.

She wants other people to think about what they can do to change the planet and ensure a better future for our children.

"They are bombarded with Hollywood movies that show all the bad things,” she said.

"As a kid you take all that in.”

Ms Hogel came to Australia in 1983 with her then partner and her three children.

"My partner at the time had big courses promoting Hindu astrology,” she said.

"He predicted that there would be big upheaval environmentally and war in Germany and Europe.

"He thought the only country where we would be safe would be Australia.”

The film 2040 will be showing at the Kingaroy Cinema on Monday, July 15 from 7pm. Nibbles and a welcome event will be held beforehand at 6.30pm.

You can buy tickets for $7.50 from Nourish Vegan Cafe in Kingaroy St, or from the cinema for $10.