Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Green Film Series to present "Gasland" -- part of World Water Day observance at Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON -- The Green Film Series at Michigan Tech will present the film Gasland as part of several events scheduled on campus to observe World Water Day.

This 100-minute documentary will be shown from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the Atrium and G002, Hesterberg Hall, in the Michigan Tech Forestry building. It will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Richelle Winkler, Michigan Tech assistant professor of sociology and demography. Coffee and dessert will be served. (Please bring your own mug.)

The event is free and open to the public; a $3 donation is suggested.

Focusing on U.S. communities impacted by natural gas drilling (fracking), the director, Josh Fox, spent time with citizens in their homes and on their land as they relayed stories of natural gas drilling including a variety of chronic health problems directly traceable to contamination of their air, of their water wells or of surface water. Hydraulic fracturing was exempted from the Safe Drinking Water Act in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. 

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.

Next week the following events will be held in observance of World Water Day:

Lecture and Poster Session Wednesday, March 26:
Dow Lobby -- campus side -- 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Student authors present -- 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Lecture by Dr. Robert Howarth, Cornell University professor of ecology and evolutionary biology -- 5:30 p.m. in Dow 641. Reception following.

Panel discussion on hydrofracking, Thursday, March 27
Moderator: Dr. Jennifer Arrigo, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) -- 10 a.m. to noon, GLRC 202

Water’s Edge Art Exhibit, March 20 - April 23
Artists Amy Arntson, Joyce Koskenmaki, Bonnie Peterson -- Great Lakes Research Center -- 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors. The public is invited to attend a "meet the artists" event from 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, at the Great Lakes Research Center.

World Water Day events are sponsored by Michigan Tech Center for Water and Society, Sustainable Futures Institute, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Keweenaw Land Trust, Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech Dept. of Visual and Performing Arts, and Finlandia University. A grant/partial funding has been provided by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI)

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