Monday, January 16, 2017

2017 Green Film Series begins Jan. 19 at Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON -- The 2017 Green Film Series begins this Thursday, Jan. 19, with two films: After Coal (60 minutes) and Half Life (12 minutes). The films in the series will be shown at 7 p.m. in G002 Hesterberg Hall in Michigan Tech's Forestry Building. A facilitator will lead a discussion after the films -- usually until 8:30 p.m.

After Coal profiles individuals building a new future in the coalfields of central Appalachia and Wales. Welsh coalfields were shut down in the 1980s, eliminating more than 20,000 jobs while Appalachian coalfields lost 20,000+ mining jobs from 1994 -2014. Both regions have survived disasters associated with mining production and waste disposal, and each has explored strategies for remembering the past while looking to the future. What lessons does this film have for us today?

The second film, Half Life: America's Last Uranium Mill, describes the Ute tribe's concern that toxic and radioactive contamination from the White Mesa Mill in SE Utah threatens their water supply and way of life. Why is this a common outcome of so many mines and/or mineral processing facilities? How can we change the ending?

The films are free and open to all, with a suggested $3 donation. Enjoy coffee and dessert after the film(s).

Coming films in this series include the following:

Feb. 16 -- Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (75 minutes)
March 2 -- Death by Design: The Dirty Story of Our Digital Addiction (73 minutes)
March 23 -- Last Call at the Oasis (105 Minutes) -- Part of World Water Day
April 13 -- City of Trees (76 minutes)
May 18 -- The Messenger (99 minutes) -- Based on the award-winning book Silence of the Songbirds, by Stutchbury.

Click here for details on these films.

The Green Film Series is cosponsored by Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and Keweenaw Land Trust.

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