League sponsors 'Green' movie series
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 10:00 PM
A Green Issues Summer Movie Series will again be co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the Wabash College Lilly Library. Free to the public, the movies will start at 7 p.m. in the Korb Classroom at the Fine Arts Center at Wabash College.
The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan, multi-issue political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase public understanding of major policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. All men and women are invited to join LWV where hands-one work to safeguard democracy leads to civic improvement. For information about the League, visit the website www.lwvmontco.org or send a message to LWV, PO Box 101, Crawfordsville 47933.
Cape Spin! (2012) will be the first film shown on Wednesday, June 26. Cape Spin! "tells the surreal, fascinating, tragicomic story of the battle over what would be America's largest clean energy project. Cape Wind was slated to be the United State's first offshore wind farm, but strange alliances formed for and against: Kennedys, Kochs, and everyday folks do battle with the developer and green groups over the future of American power. With full access to both sides, a commitment to impartial storytelling and fueled by a satiric 'revolutionary' soundtrack, Cape Spin! is a "gripping and entertaining study of eco-capitalism and grassroots democracy."
Tuesday, July 16 will feature "Island President." Produced in 2011, Island President "shows President Mohammed Nasheed of the Maldives confront a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced-the survival of his country and everyone in it. Nasheed, who brought democracy to the Maldives after decades of despotic rule, now faces an even greater challenge. As one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives and make them uninhabitable." The film and discussion are sure to offer a unique combination of environmental and political issues.
The third film "Into Eternity" is the "first feature documentary to explore the mind-boggling scientific and philosophical questions long-term nuclear waste storage poses. Structured as a message to future generations, the film focuses on the Onkalo underground waste repository now being built in Finland, one of the first nuclear waste storage facilities. Once the repository is full in about 100 years, it will be closed and sealed forever." The film takes viewers deep into the Onkalo facility as it is being constructed and asks Onkalo representatives, scientists, theologians and others to address fundamental but challenging questions."
Light refreshments will be provided at each of the films. The Green Issues film series is provided as a service to residents of Montgomery County to spark awareness of and interest in environmental issues facing Americans today.
The League of Women Voters has long endorsed the promotion of an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources. League members became concerned about depletion and conservation of natural resources as far back as the 1920's and 1930's when the League undertook a study of flood control, erosion, and the creation of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Water resources were the focus of activities in the 1950s. In the 1970's the League built a broad national program focused on protecting and managing the interrelated aspects of air, water, land use, energy and waste management.
Since then, the League has been in the forefront of the environmental protection movement, helping to frame landmark legislation and seeking to preserve and protect life-supporting ecosystems and public health. Fighting to improve opportunities for public participation on natural resources issues has always been a League theme. LWV has worked for the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act as well as energy conservation and use of renewable resources, waste management, and nuclear issues.
The public is encouraged to come to the free Green Issues movies June 26, July 16, and August 7 and discuss together what concerns and issues they raise.