Thursday, April 18, 2013

Green Film Series to present documentary on energy TONIGHT, Apr. 18

HOUGHTON -- The Green Film Series will present the 98-minute documentary Switch at 7 p.m. TONIGHT, Thursday, Apr. 18, in G002 Hesterberg Hall of the Foresty building at Michigan Tech. The film will be followed by discussion, facilitated by Michigan Tech Professor Wayne Pennington, Department of Geological and Mining Sciences and Engineering.

Refreshments -- coffee and dessert -- will be served on the main floor (atrium area).

Switch is a new award-winning documentary that moves past the politics to deliver the straight answers on energy. Switch delivers straight answers to today’s most controversial energy questions, as energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker travels the world, exploring leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels, most of them highly restricted and never before seen on film. He seeks the truth from international leaders of government, industry and academia, then cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our energy future as surprising as it is practical.

Switch is part of the Switch Energy Project, a multi-pronged effort to build a global understanding of energy. Over 250 universities across the country have participated in the GSA Switch Energy Awareness and Efficiency Program, which launched last fall at over 40 pilot schools with a student ambassador program, efficiency drive and screening of the film.

Audiences have called Switch "the first truly balanced energy film." As no documentary before it, Switch has been embraced and supported by people across the energy spectrum: environmentalists and academics, fossil and renewable energy experts, scientists and economists.

The Green Film Series is co-sponsored by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Keweenaw Land Trust -- with funding from the Keweenaw Community Foundation Environmental Endowment.

Cost: Free, $3 suggested donation.

The next film in the series, to be shown on May 9 (same time and location as above), will be 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 will be Michigan Tech Prof. Sarah Green, Department of Chemistry.

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