Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Green Film Series continues at Michigan Tech, beginning Jan. 17

HOUGHTON -- The Green Film Series at Michigan Tech will continue to present issues and dialogue one Thursday each month, January-May 2013. The events will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Atrium and G002 Hesterberg Hall, Noblet Forestry Building, on the Michigan Tech campus.

Coffee, dessert and facilitated discussion will follow each film. Cost: Free, $3 suggested donation.

The series begins this Thursday, Jan. 17, with the 29-minute film River Planet, which explores the very different environmental, cultural and social issues around how humans and wildlife interact with six major rivers on our planet. The discussion facilitator for this film will be Evan McDonald, Keweenaw Land Trust. He will discuss local efforts to protect the Pilgrim River Watershed -- a local area vulnerable to urban development.

Here is the schedule of films to follow:

Feb. 21: Last Call at the Oasis -- Be it through consumption or contamination, water is becoming more scarce globally, including in the United States. (108 min.)
Discussion Facilitator: Prof. Alex Mayer, Michigan Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

March 14: The Strange Disappearance of the Bees -- Across the globe, the disturbing mass death of bees has more than just beekeepers worried -- at least one-third of the world’s food relies on bee pollination. (58 min.)
Discussion Facilitator: Melissa Hronkin, apiarist and proprietor of Algomah Acres Honey Farm.

April 18: Switch -- Join energy visionary Scott Tinker as he explores the world’s leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, many highly restricted and never before seen on film. (98 min.)
Discussion Facilitator: Prof. Wayne Pennington, chair, Michigan Tech Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences.

May 9: Chasing Ice -- Acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog ventures to the Arctic to document the melting of ice mountains using state-of-the-art, time-lapse photography. Chasing Ice depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet. (76 min.)
Discussion Facilitator: Prof. Sarah Green, chair, Michigan Tech Department of Chemistry.

The Green Film Series is Cosponsored by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and Keweenaw Land Trust.

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