Sustainability Series: AN EVENING OF SHORTS

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Available to watch October 5th – 7th, 2020

Post-show Zoom discussion at 8:30PM on Wednesday, Oct 7th


How to watch

Watch free films from the Fall Sustainability Series lineup and participate in virtual discussions from home!

To participate, please register for each event using the registration below. An email will be delivered to you when the film becomes available to stream, containing a link to watch and a link to the Zoom discussion. All Zoom discussions will take place on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. Registrants will have access to films in advance, though we recommend viewing the films on the day of the panel discussion.


*Registration is now closed for this event.*


About the films

The collection of 4 films with post-show discussion:

Generation Green New Deal (24 min)

For decades, the American political system has seemed incapable of taking on climate change at the scale necessary to address the growing crisis. In November 2018 the youth-led organization Sunrise Movement and the youngest Congresswoman-elect in history, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez occupied Nancy Pelosi’s office. Their demand: a “Green New Deal”. It set off a firestorm, birthing both an ascendent political movement and intense opposition. Generation Green New Deal looks at the revolutionary political idea and the people behind it, featuring Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben, Varshini Prakash, Rhiana Gunn-Wright, David Wallace-Wells, Abdul El-Sayed and more.

Solar For All (26 min)

This documentary celebrates the successes and documents the challenges of the first two years of implementing Solar For All, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s initiative to provide 100,000 low-to-moderate income families with the benefits of locally generated clean energy. One of the most progressive solar mandates in the U.S., #DCSolarStories exhibits how the District is using innovation and the concept of equity or “equal access” to local, clean energy to slash resident’s utility burdens and protect underserved communities in the face of the changing climate.

This Land (13 min)

Runner and advocate Faith E. Briggs used to run through the streets of Brooklyn every morning. Now, she’s running 150 miles through three U.S. National Monuments that lay in the thick of the controversy around public lands. Accompanied by running companions who represent diverse perspectives in what it means to be a public land owner, she assesses what is at stake if previously protected lands are reduced and if the public is largely unaware. THIS LAND is a story about land access told through a journey of inclusion and empowerment.

Won’t Pipe Down (27 min)

Dominion Resources Inc., along with Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, and AGL Resources created a joint venture to construct, own, and operate the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. This pipeline will pump natural gas through 550 miles of 42 inch pipe starting in West Virginia and ending in North Carolina. These power companies are planning to use eminent domain, a right reserved strictly for public good, to take and use individual property owners’ land for the construction of their five billion dollar pipeline. Dominion has been looking for a path of least resistance, and has targeted rural communities across the three states. But residents of Nelson County refused to go down without a fight, hoping to protect their beloved land in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.

About the series

Athena Cinema, University Libraries and Environmental Studies Program present the 8th annual Sustainability Film Series. For the first time ever, the series will be presented virtually.

In keeping with all previous series, each film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring faculty members, students and community members.

Please join us for a conversation following these beautiful, thought-provoking and timely films.

“These young people are saying we all have a right to know what is in the air we breathe, in the water we drink, and the food we eat. It is our responsibility to leave this planet cleaner and greener. That must be our legacy.”

— Representative John Lewis on youth climate activists, September 2019

The fall screenings highlight new releases and classic films that explore diverse topics with the central theme of racial and social justice. We choose films that engage and challenge the audience to integrate the information from these stories into their everyday life, as well as delve into solutions. Through the series we aim to bring together students, faculty and regional community members. The program recognizes the strength of this integration, coming together and learning from each other.

The series is possible thanks to the support of: Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, OHIO Honors Program, Honors Tutorial College, Cutler Scholars, Climate Ambassadors,  Office of Sustainability, Southeast Ohio Public Energy Council, Center for Campus & Community Engagement, University College, and others.

Free admission and post-show discussion, as part of the Fall Virtual Sustainability Series.

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Running Time: 93 min93 MIN
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