A Climate of Change Film Festival tours schools across the nation
March 29, 2013
The South Yuba River Citizens League's (SYRCL) Wild & Scenic Film Festival is partnering with 350.org and The TRUST Campaign to bring A Climate of Change traveling film program to colleges and high schools across the country.
Working together, SYRCL, 350.org and The TRUST Campaign aim to inspire audiences and unite communities to find climate solutions.
The Climate of Change program shows 13 films, ranging in length from three to 30 minutes, and featuring people from around the world of all ages, and from all walks of life who are asking important questions and finding inspiring new ways to approach climate problems.
SYRCL's Wild & Scenic Film Festival is considered one of the nation's premiere environmental and adventure film festivals with a reputation for inspiring activism to protect both landscapes and communities.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival kicks off in Nevada City each January and then brings films to over 100 communities across the nation. SYRCL's new program, A Climate of Change, makes it easy for schools to host an event aiming to make a difference in their community.
SYRCL provides groups with a turnkey event including all the films, promotional materials, an event Tool-Kit, and support from the On Tour staff.
The program also includes a Climate Action handbook that offers concrete "take action" solutions from non-profit and activist groups across the country.
"There is a lot of fear around climate change," says Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour Manager Estrella Acosta. "We believe that choosing to make a film, especially about this challenging issue, is an expression of hope.
"Using the universal medium of film makes this serious topic accessible and aims to find and inspire potential change-makers out there just waiting to use their talents and skills in a big way."
Founded by author and activist Bill McKibben, 350.org is well-known for its ability to mobilize large groups of activists world-wide to support the climate movement. 350.org is currently working with students on college campuses to support their fossil-fuel divestment campaign—which asks colleges to take a close look at their endowment investment portfolios.
"Students have always been key to movements of conscience, and this fight is no different," Jaime Henn of 350.org said. "Institutions of higher education are charged with preparing their students for lifetimes of work and service. But if those institutions are invested in fossil fuel companies, then students' educations are being subsidized by investments that guarantee they won't have much of a planet on which to make use of their degrees"