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6th Annual Sustainability Film Series

Check out our line-up for our 6th Annual Sustainability Film Series for 2016! We are super excited about the depth and breadth of our 2016 Sustainability Film Series. Screenings are held the first Thursday of the month at the Bell Museum of Natural History at 10 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. All films are free to University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty and included in admission to the Bell Museum for others.

There will be groups tabling before the films, guest speakers and experts, and free food! Doors open at the Bell Museum at 6:30, with activities and food before the film screening and 7:00 (except for the February 4th film Just Eat It. Doors will open at 6:45 PM for activities and film screening at 8:00 PM)

Thursday February 4th, 2016
6:45PM – 9:45PM
Just Eat It. A food waste movie

Just Eat It is an award-winning documentary about food waste in our country. Here is a blurb from their website: “Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling.”

The World Resource Institute reported that if food waste were its own country, it would be right behind China and the US in greenhouse gas emissions and that  a UN Sustainable Development Goal is to cut food waste and loss by half 2030. Come hear what you can do!

Schedule for February 4th:

6:45 – 7:15 PM Tabling and Food
Student and Community Group Tables:

  • The Food Recovery Network student group will be there with information on how you can get involved and actions to take in food recovery
  • Real Food Challenge works to increase local, healthy, fair, humane and sustainable food on campus
  • Students for Sustainability works on activities related to campus sustainability

7:15 – 7:50 Panel Discussion with Local Food Waste Experts (Check out our Facebook Event link for more information on our panelists and moderator):

Moderator: Marta Monti

Panelists: JoAnne Berkencamp , Rhys Williams, Jennifer Schmitt, Allyson Green

8:00 – 9:30 Just Eat It Screening

9:30 – 9:45 Brief Q and A

Thursday March 3rd, 2016
6:30PM – 9:00PM
We Are All Related Here

We Are All Related Here is a documentary experience inside the Yup’Ik Native American community in Newtok, Alaska and their struggle and resolution in the face of the impact of climate change. They face the ramifications of erosion and flooding and the possibility of moving their entire community. What does that mean to them and for us?

Thursday April 7th, 2016
6:30PM – 9:00PM
This Changes Everything. Capitalism vs the Climate

From the This Changes Everything website: “What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?

Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.”

This Changes Everything sold out two screenings at St. Anthony Main Theater in Minneapolis in the fall of 2015, so here is your chance to see this acclaimed film!

Thursday May 5th, 2016
Plastic Paradise. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

In a new study by the World Economic Forum, “32 percent of all plastic packaging escapes collection systems and finds its way into natural ecosystems, including the oceans…where plastic is expected to outnumber fish by 2050”.

From the film website:

“Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet it’s become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, siphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.”

Take a brave plunge into seeing the impact of our consumption and what we can do to mitigate this problem!

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