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How watching movies can change the world

For the past nine years now, the Sustainability Education department has put on a film series every spring to promote active thinking regarding best sustainable practices.

“But what can some film screenings really do?” you may ask.

Great question! The films chosen every Spring are carefully and specifically chosen because they shed light on important topics such as climate change, toxic waste, consumerism, and various other vital topics relating to the environment and sustainability. The films go beyond just a flick you’d catch on the weekend with your friends, but are intended to get audiences outside of the comforts of their own world and into the harsh reality that our globe is faced with some significant problems. Long story short, our team hopes that these films don’t stay within the walls of the theater, but inspire students to ask what impact they can have in sustainability and maybe even ask those questions to our great panel of speakers!

This Spring, the SustEd team has chosen 3 films covering a wide variety of topics in hopes to inspire University students, faculty, and staff to think beyond themselves how they can have an impact on sustainability.

February 14th, 6-9PM

Molecular and Cellular Biology Room 3-120

Free Admission and Food

Click for trailer!

Five years ago Kisilu, a Kenyan farmer, started to use his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the damages of climate change. When a violent storm throws him and a Norwegian filmmaker together we see him transform from a father, to community leader to an activist on the global stage at the UN Climate Talks in Paris, COP21.

This movie will inspire you to think about issues such as: climate justice, urbanization, gender equality, education, access to water, climate refugees, and adaptation.

Have questions about those topics? Ask our panel of speakers!

PLUS, it’s on Valentine’s Day! Date night anyone?

March 6, 6-9PM

Old Bell Museum, 10 Church St. SE

Free Admission and Food!

Click for trailer!

Through harsh chemical manufacturing processes and the irresponsible disposal of toxic chemical waste, one of our favorite iconic products has destroyed rivers and impacted the lives of people who count on these waterways for their survival. RiverBlue brings awareness to the destruction of some of the world’s most vital rivers through the manufacturing of our clothing, but will also act as a demand for significant change in the textile industry from the top fashion brands that can make a difference.

Student groups will be tabling, as well as a panel of passionate speakers will be present to give their thoughts and answer your questions! Come and invite a friend!

April 17, 6-9PM

New Bell Museum in St. Paul

Free Admission and Food!

Watch trailer here!

In a global investigation, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From the intensely secretive factories in China, to a ravaged New York community and the high tech corridors of Silicon Valley, the film tells a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies, and the fast approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.

Take this chance to check out the beautiful new Bell Museum!

Gallery admission required, free planetarium tickets available at the door
(Note: museum admission is free for UMN students)

We sincerely hope you come to these awesome screenings. It’s an awesome opportunity to take a break from homework, meet other people passionate about sustainability, and start ground-breaking conversations on sustainability on our campus and around the world!

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