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2021 Sustainability Film & Facilitated Discussion Series Kicks off in January

Date & Time: 7:00-8:00 pm, 3rd Thursdays of each month, Jan-May, 2021 (facilitated discussions only)

Cost: FREE, donations appreciated. To make a donation to Michigan Tech Sustainability Film Series CLICK HERE

Location: Online. Participants need to register and information will be emailed monthly regarding how to view that month’s film, plus a zoom link to the facilitated discussion, 7:00-8:00 pm, 3rd Thursdays of each month, Jan-May, 2021. To Register CLICK HERE

The 2021 Sustainability Film Series will allow you to participate, no matter where you live! See the film line-up below and save these dates in your calendar.

Film & Discussion Schedule

Jan. 21 — True Cost (92 min.)
This is a story about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact of the industry on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. This documentary pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? (2015)
Discussion Facilitator: Dr. Soonkwan Hong, Associate Professor of Marketing, MTU College of Business

Feb. 18 — Minimalism (78 min.)
How might your life be better with less? The film examines the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life -- families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, and even a former Wall Street broker -- all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less. (2016) Discussion Facilitator: Dr. Chelsea Schelly, Dept of Social Sciences

March 18 — Brave Blue World (50 min.) World Water Day Event
From reuse to energy generation, new innovations across five continents are explored in this documentary about building a future for sustainable water. (2020) Discussion Facilitators: Dr. Nancy Langson, Dept. of Social Sciences, and Dr. Casey Huckins, Dept. of Biological Sciences

April 15 — Plastic Oceans (102 min.)
In the center of the Pacific Ocean gyre, researchers found more plastic than plankton.The film documents the newest science, proving how plastics, after entering the oceans, break up into small particulates that enter the food chain where they attract toxins like a magnet. The toxins are stored in seafood’s fatty tissues, and eventually consumed by us. What can we do? (2016) Discussion Facilitator: Dr. David Shonnard, Dept. of Chemical Engineering (invited)

May 20 — 2040 (92 min.)
What would the world look like in 2040 if we actually implement the solutions for climate change that already exist in 2019? It’s the premise of a new documentaryfrom Australian filmmaker Damon Gameau. “I’m calling it an exercise in fact-based dreaming,” he says in the film. (2020)
Discussion Facilitator: Jessica Daignault, PhD candidate, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering


The film series is coordinated by the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach.

Films are selected by our cosponsors:
Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative
Michigan Tech Great Lakes Research Center
Keweenaw Land Trust
Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
MTU Sustainable Futures Institute
MTU Dept. of Social Sciences
MTU Civil & Environmental Engineering
MTU College of Forest Resources & Environmental Science

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