The MIT Environmental Film Festival Kicks off on April 21

| MIT Climate Change Blog
April 21, 2015

Join us for a week-long celebration of our planet.

Earth Day is Wednesday April 22, 2015. 

But since everyday should be Earth Day, let’s celebrate for a little bit longer and call it Earth Days! This year, the theme is “little things add up“. Together, we can take big steps towards a sustainable planet.

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MIT Earth Days is coordinated by the Graduate Student Council (GSC) Sustainability, and funded by the MIT Office of Sustainability (Campus Sustainability Fund). If you are organizing an event and would like to be a part of MIT Earth Days 2015, please email us at gsc-sustainability@mit.edu .

As part of the MIT Environmental Film Festival, come join us and enjoy awarding-winning documentary films, refreshments and conversation!

Elemental
Details: Tuesday April 21, 7 – 9PM, Coffeehouse Lounge (W20-308)
Trailer: http://www.elementalthefilm.com/trailer
Elemental tells the story of three individuals; an Indian government official gone rogue to protect the Ganges River, an Australian inventor who has created a device he believes can slow down global warming, and a Canadian Tar Sands activist. Each are united by their deep connection with nature and are driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time.
Join us for refreshments and a post-film discussion led by an MIT expert.

Plastic Paradise
Details: Wednesday April 22, 12 – 1:30PM, W20-491
Trailer: https://vimeo.com/42143924
Thousands of miles away from civilization, Midway Atoll is in one of the most remote places on earth. And yet its become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary film, journalist/filmmaker Angela Sun travels on a personal journey of discovery to uncover this mysterious phenomenon. Along the way she meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could have ever imagined.
Join us for refreshments before the film and a post-film discussion lead by Elsa Olivetti, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT.

Sourlands
Details: Wednesday April 22, 7 – 9PM, Coffeehouse Lounge (W20-308)
Trailer: http://www.sourlands.com/watch-the-trailer.html
The largest city in the United States is, by far, New York. Philadelphia is the fifth largest. Separating them is New Jersey, the most densely populated state. Directly between New York and Philly — and all those people — there is a forest that has survived the bulldozers of development. The locals call this place the Sourland Mountain, or sometimes simply “the Sourlands.” SOURLANDS, the documentary, tells the story of this green oasis from the perspective of its remarkable citizens.
Join us for refreshments and a post-film discussion led by an MIT expert.

Angel Azul
Details: Thursday April 23, 7-9 pm, Pappalardo Room (4-349)
Trailer: http://www.angelazulthemovie.com
Angel Azul explores the artistic journey of Jason deCaires Taylor, an innovative artist who combines creativity with an important environmental solution; the creation of artificial coral reefs from statues he’s cast from live models. When algae overtakes the reefs however, experts provide the facts about the perilous situation coral reefs currently face and solutions necessary to save them. Peter Coyote generously provides insightful narration that leaves viewers pondering our connection to this valuable and beautiful ecosystem. Join us for refreshments before the film and a post-film discussion lead by Carolina Bastidas, a marine ecologist from the MIT Sea Grant.