Screening of Before the Flood – brought to you by The Science and Engineering Engagement and The Sustainability Office at U of T

Article by: Nina Rafeek

Over the last decade, Climate Change has been a hot button issue in the media.  While the scientific community is almost unianimous on its position that the affects of climate change poses a threat to our environment, and the Government of Canada is taking strong action to mitigate the impending effects on our earth, the global temperature still continues to rise each year.  Some remain skeptical on this issue, others support it wholeheartedly and some continue to remain neutral or undecided on the subject.  Regardless of your position on this issue, how much do you know about climate change?

On Tuesday February 7th at 5:30pm, join the Science and Engineering Engagement and the Sustainability Office, St. George Campus in partnership with SciComm Toronto for Science at the Movies, where you will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the science of climate change and what you can do as a citizen to be a part of the solution.  This event will take place at Innis Town Hall at 2 Sussex Avenue.

This is not just a screening of the documentary Before the Flood, narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. A panel of environmental experts will be in attendance to clarify and contextualize the information in the documentary, as well as to answer any questions you have regarding Climate Change and the environment.

The evenings panelists will be Dan Kraus, Weston Conservation Scientist for The Nature Conservancy of Canada and Julia Langer, CEO of The Atmospheric Fund.  The Q & A period will be moderated by Stephen Scharper, an Associate Professor from the U of T’s School of the Environment: “We thought his enthusiasm, positive nature, and knowledge on various environmental topics would be exactly what Science at the Movies needed in a moderator for this screening”, said Dione Dias of the Sustainability Office.

The purpose of Science at the Movies is to “bring science to the public in a way that is less about a lecture and more about letting the public see that science is very much a part of popular culture; it both shapes it and is shaped by it”, says Elliann Fairbairn of SciComm.  Before the Flood was chosen for this edition as “we hope it will educate people not only on the science of climate change, but on solutions that exist at both the political and personal levels” said Jess Dawe of the St. George campus Sustainability Office.

Climate affects every individual on the planet.  The U of T community would love to hear your questions and input on this subject.  “We’re looking forward to witnessing the energy, discussions and inspiration that will come out of a group of people gathering to learn and reflect on this pressing issue”, said Dias.

Science at the Movies is open to the public and it is free.

To learn more about Climate Change before the event, simply click on the links in the first paragraph or check out:

Tree Canada

National Geographic