This month, the Human Impacts Institute was pleased to join the Film Society Lincoln Center’s Green Screens 2013; an entire week dedicated to environmental films exploring ecological challenges and how people around the globe are coping with these issues. Local groups working on related eco-initiatives were invited to the Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center to partake in the discussion on what can be done to address the many urgent aspects of climate change.
The HII team engaged with movie-goers about local fish species in their waterways, fun quiz questions testing their environmental knowledge, and information about upcoming volunteer opportunities and events hosted by HII! They were glad to also have the 350.orgteam in attendance and eager to discuss upcoming opportunities for the HII NYC Climate Coalition.
The films provided an excellent opportunity to learn more about world-wide sustainability initiatives. On Saturday, June 1st, the HII team attended Blackfish; an emotionally charged film that explores the behind-the-scenes story of the treatment and life of a captive sea-park killer whale. This film looked further into the misleading joyous and rosy appearance behind the grand spectacle of these highly intelligent animals. On Sunday, June 2nd, the team watched Eternal Amazon, an investigation of just how important the Amazon Rainforest is for the planet’s health and the current initiatives in place to make sustainable use of the rainforest’s resources in areas like farming, fishing and mining.
The Human Impacts Institute was excited to take part in such an important medium for discussion, and looks forward to future screenings that bring these important issue to light!
By Marcela Miceli, Environmental Education Intern, Human Impacts Institute