April 19, 2012


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Environmental Center's "Green Screens" series concludes for the semester with the documentary, "Climate Refugees," Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in Lewisburg. General admission is $2 per person.

A panel discussion, moderated by Brandn Green, Coordinator of Bucknell University Environmental Center's Nature and Human Communities Initiative, will follow the documentary showing.

Filmmaker Michael Nash spent two years traversing the globe to document the effects of climate change. He visited the quickly submerging islands of Tuvalu and the storm-susceptible coastlines of Bangladesh, as well as drought-affected regions of Sudan and rapidly expanding deserts in China, filming how climate change in these areas is threatening the survival of millions of people.

"Climate Refugees" presents strong visuals and potent testimony from the victims of climate change, politicians, scientists, relief organizations, and authors to help sound the alarm for instituting new policies and working together to create solutions to cope with this imminent crisis.

A climate refugee is a person displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters. Such disasters result from incremental and rapid ecological change, resulting in increased droughts, desertification, sea level rise, and the more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, cyclones, fires, mass flooding and tornadoes, causing mass global migration and border conflicts. The Pentagon considers climate change a national security risk, and the term "climate wars" is being discussed in war-room like environments in Washington, D.C.

"'Climate Refugees' is an important film that should be seen no matter what one's views are on the effects of climate change the world over," said Howard Burns, editor of Moving Pictures magazine

"Not only are there people in this world who are already feeling the devastating toll of this supremely important issue, but after watching Michael Nash's eye‚Äźopening documentary, you quickly begin to understand that our own national security is threatened by events happening both within and outside our borders. Nash has raised a very dark red flag; now, it is up to all of us to heed his warning," said Burns.

A sustainability-themed series, "Green Screens" is presented regularly by the Bucknell University Environmental Center and the Campus Theatre. Each film is followed by an opportunity for audience discussion with a panel led by local experts.

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