Spring 2014 Green Film/Lecture Series

The Green Film Series takes place once a month, January through May 2014.  The films will highlight a wide variety of engaging topics, from the miniature house movement to genetically modified foods.  Following each film, a facilitator knowledgeable on each topic, will lead a discussion.  

The Green Film Series is cosponsored by:
 ♦ Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative ♦ Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society
 ♦ Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship ♦ Keweenaw Land Trust
 With partial funding from the Keweenaw Community Foundation Environmental Endowment
sponsors


The films will be shown in Hesterberg Hall in the Michigan Tech Forestry Building.  The films will begin at 7:00 PM with discussion lasting until 9:00 PM.  The event is free and open to the public, though there is a $3 suggested donation.  Coffee and desert will be offered during the facilitated discussion - please bring a reusable mug to save resources!

Download Full Film Schedule PDF


Jan. 23 - Fuel A shrinking economy, failing auto industry, rampant unemployment, out-of-control national debt, and an insatiable demand for energy weigh heavily on all of us. “Fuel” points the way out of this mess by explaining how to replace every drop of oil we now use, while creating green jobs and keeping our money here at home. Not dwelling on the negative, the film shows solutions already within our reach.  (112 min.) 


Feb. 20 - Tiny: A story about living small  The “tiny house” movement can be traced back as far as Thoreau’s book, Walden.  Thoreau’s ideal of simplifying life, considering which comforts and possessions can be done without in order to live a life that is “more deliberate” rings true for many. Whatever their motivation, Tiny House owners have come up with some inspiring designs and innovations for living comfortably in small spaces. (62 min.) Website for Tiny: A story about living smal


Mar 20 -7 pm - Gasland - the film for March addresses the International World Water Day (WWD) theme of Water & Energy, by focusing on US communities impacted by natural gas drilling (fracking). The producer spent time with citizens in their homes and on their land as they describe their personal consequences, including chronic health problems directly traceable to contamination of their air, drinking water wells and/or surface water. The documentary includes interviews with scientists, politicians, and gas industry executives. Find out why hydraulic fracturing was exempted from the Safe Drinking Water Act in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. (100 min.) This film and Michigan Tech's WWD program are supported with a grant from Let's Talk About Water at the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI). Michigan Tech World Water Day


April 17 - Thin Ice Climate science has been coming under increasing attack. In this documentary, geologist Simon Lamb takes his camera to climate science colleagues around the world to find out what’s really going on and reveals the human face of climate science. The film provides an accessible introduction to the latest Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (114 min.) Thin Ice Website


May 15 - GMO OMG  Explores the systematic corporate takeover and potential loss of humanity’s most precious and ancient inheritance: seeds, investigating  how loss of seed diversity and corresponding laboratory assisted genetic alteration of food affects young children, the health of our planet, and freedom of choice everywhere. Following one family’s struggle to live and eat without participating in an unhealthy, unjust, and destructive food system.  Has the global food system been irrevocably hijacked, or can we take back our food, heal the planet, and live sustainably? (85 min.)  Movie Website


Archive of 2013 Spring Green Film Series

Archive of 2012 Green Film Series

Archive of 2011 Green Film Series

Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative http://lakesuperiorstewardship.org/
Keweenaw Land Trust http://www.keweenawlandtrust.org/
Michigan Tech Center for Water & Society http://www.mtcws.mtu.edu/
Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship http://www.kuuf.net/

 

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