After the filmmaker welcome in the Chamber, we will begin the day of screenings with a few Environmental films that deal with local and international issues. the documentary film : “The Uncertainty has Settled” tells the story of Marijn Poels – a left wing filmmaker/journalist , who decides to take some time off. In the Austrian mountains no less. It confronts him unexpectedly with the roots of agriculture and its modern day perspective. Globalisation and climate politics are causing radical changes such as farmers becoming energy suppliers.
But the green ideology raises questions. The scientific topic of climate change has now become incontrovertibly a matter of world politics. Poels faces a personal conflict. Are we doing the right thing?
Following “The Uncertainty has Settled” documentary we will screen the environmental film “At Street Level” , directed by Steven Rousso-Schindler, which features Oakland’s own community activist, Margaret Gordon’s organization, the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project..
“At Street Level” is a documentary film that shows how a small environmental justice NGO in West Oakland, California – the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project – uses science to help convince policymakers that environmental changes are needed to increase local air quality that causes asthma. Situated adjacent to the Port of Oakland – the city of West Oakland is severely impacted by diesel particulate pollution. WOEIP initiated the “Personal Air Monitoring Project” to have students and out-of-work community members walk around the neighborhood with an industrial air-monitoring device to collect data about local air quality. The results of their research has brought WOEIP national attention – Congresswoman Barbara Lee and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson visited WOEIP for a presentation on their preliminary results.
Following “At Street Level” we will screen “Cultivate Community” ,directed by Jasmine Ehrhardt and Zoe Salnave as part of The Factory youth productions. “Cultivate Community, is a short documentary about the role urban farming has played in the boosting of West Oakland communal spirit. More specifically highlights the work of City Slicker Farms in Wast Oakland.
Following the above screenings, an Environmental panel discussion will follow in hearing room 2.
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