The Sustainable Film Series
Provoking Thought. Creating Action.
The Sustainable Community Film Series raises awareness and encourages community dialogue about environmental issues afflicting our world through award-winning independent featured films.
The Sustainable Community Film Series raises awareness and encourages community dialogue about environmental issues afflicting our world through award-winning independent featured films. This year Walking Mountains will continue to provide films at Riverwalk Theater. A virtual option may also be available for those not able to attend in person. Program begins at 6:30 PM.
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The water crisis is an issue that affects every citizen of every country, not just those in the developing world. The UN estimates that by 2025, over 1.8 billion people will be living in water scarce regions. But what if the technological solutions to the water crisis are already out there?
The Sustainable Film Series, a project of Walking Mountains Science Center, offers two films in February. A Journey Upstream and Brave Blue World will be screened on February 1 at 6:30 pm at the Riverwalk Theater in Edwards. A Journey Upstream is directed by two brothers, one of whom is a past Walking Mountains intern: Andrew Braker, in their home watershed and the country’s largest estuary – the Chesapeake Bay. Featuring interviews with fishermen and environmental scientists, this short film focuses on two fish species to explore the importance of conservation and sustainability. The feature film, Brave Blue World, examines several innovators who are tackling global water problems at the local level. Groundbreaking new technologies are being developed close to home, including a mobile water filtration system in Flint, Michigan and a facility in Chicago that transforms wastewater into plant fertilizer. Meanwhile in Kenya, a small machine harvests water out of thin air and a sanitation company turns human waste into carbon-free charcoal fuel. Homes in the Netherlands are beginning to install residential greywater recycling systems and a company in Denmark can filter 700 liters of water per second using just one gram of aquaporin, a protein found in human cells.
These innovations would be unthinkable just a few decades ago, but they are just a few of the revolutionary technologies being pioneered across the world today. To learn about these fascinating advancements in water harvesting, filtering and recycling technologies, join Walking Mountains on February 1 at our screening of Brave Blue World and A Journey Upstream.
March 1 | Current Revolution & Other Side Of The Hill
This month we will show two short films. Nation in Transition explores the coal-to-renewables transition on the Navajo Nation and across northern Arizona through the stories of workers, their families and communities, business and tribal leaders, utility executives, policy makers and environmental activists. The film offers a roadmap for accelerating and navigating just energy transitions for workers and communities everywhere. Other Side of the Hill explores the impacts of a changing climate in rural Eastern Oregon – as seen through the eyes of local leaders on the ground. From innovative timber operations in Wallowa County to large scale solar in Lakeview, we amplify the voices of rural communities often left unheard. In a time of unprecedented cultural divide between rural and urban Oregon, we find common ground in an urgency to address a changing landscape.
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April 5 | Inhabitants: An Indigenous Perspective
Inhabitants follows five Native American Tribes across deserts, coastlines, forests, and prairies as they restore their traditional land management practices. For millennia Native Americans successfully stewarded and shaped their landscapes, but centuries of colonization have disrupted their ability to maintain traditional land management practices. From deserts, coastlines, forests, mountains, and prairies, Native communities are restoring their ancient relationships with the land. As the climate crisis escalates these time-tested practices of North America’s original inhabitants are becoming increasingly essential in a rapidly changing world.