Different films both nights (except Botany of Desire, shown in two part); continuous showings. Free kids films 5-6 p.m. on April 24.
Wednesday April 14, 6-10pm
|6 pm||Seeds||A concise explanation of the importance of genetic diversity to the food supply.||25 min|
|6:30 pm||Toast||A classic energy film made in 1974, set to music – must see! One of the most effective energy films ever made.||12 min|
|6:50 pm||Everything’s Cool||A toxic comedy about the conflict over Global Warming||89 min|
|8:30 pm||The Botany of Desire||by Michael Pollan: Apples and Tulips – the centerpiece of the Festival. Two parts of a four part look at the way plants have focused human attention on their attributes. The other two parts will be shown April 24 at 8pm. A beautiful and startling film. Very special.||60 min|
|9:30 pm||Green Animation||11 very short, challenging, funny films about various aspects of environmental issues from the UK.||28 min|
Saturday April 24, children’s films: 5-6pm, regular films: 6:15-10pm
|5 pm||Bunch of Fives||Five funny animated films by Nick Hlligoss, wordless, about relationships with nature, both human and non-human.||31 min|
|5:35 pm||Wake Up, Freddy||Another classic about resources, where stuff comes from and where waste goes.||21 min|
|5:55 pm||Song Bird Story||A look at migratory songbirds and a call for even children to be concerned about their declining numbers… and why that may be happening.||13 min|
|6:15 pm||Natural Connections||Outstanding, beautiful, compelling looks at biodiversity within three ecosystems.||46 min|
|7 pm||Gene Blues||Outstanding video that examines some of the ethical issues associated with DNA testing and sets the stage for a national debate on the ramifications of human gene technology.||30 min|
|7:30 pm||Community||Microcredit changing lives in Bangladesh.||24 min|
|8 pm||The Botany of Desire||by Michael Pollan: Marijuana and Potatoes – the centerpiece of the Festival.||60 min|
|9 pm||Weather the Storm||Hopeful and beautiful film about sustainable small-scale fisheries on the French coast. A look at a totally different solution to the problems of over-fishing||36 min|
The event is family-friendly and refreshments will be available for a small donation. Adults: $4, kids under 12: $2.
Many of the organizations can provide receipts for donations for tax purposes, if requested. Recycle Rama is held rain or shine. Some items will not be accepted. These include car batteries, paint, used oil and appliances containing freon. Information on where to recycle those items in Allegheny County as well as a handout listing recycling spots open throughout the year will be available.
Pittsburgh premier of 'A Sea Change.'
This film focuses on the issue of ocean acidification through the perspective of a grandfather trying to communicate the problem to his grandson (further details). The pre-film reception will highlight water quality issues and alternative energy options in Pittsburgh; local organizations will showcase their water-related efforts.
With the themes of A Sea Change in mind, all ages are invited. There will be light refreshments, decorations from elementary school students, and activities directed towards children's participation. The pre-film reception will begin at 7:15pm and the film will be shown from 7:35-9pm, with a dessert reception and 'strolling discussion' to resume afterward.
The Causes of Poverty and Global Obligations to the Poor: What is the Link?
This panel focuses on the relationship between the causes of poverty and global obligations to the poor.Mathias Risse argues that domestic institutions are the primary determinant of wealth or poverty. This argument, along with the inability of international actors to do much to affect the shape or quality or domestic institutions, means that global obligations to the poor are sharply limited. Nicole Hassoun criticizes the philosophical justification for one of the metrics for distributing foreign aid used by international financial institutions. This metric is based on the CIPA index, a measure of "institutional quality." She is critical of this measure, arguing that it either relies on an unjustifiably simple story about the causes of growth and poverty or that it is designed to fend off moral hazard arguments which are themselves ill-justified (probably both).Michael Goodhart argues that we don't need clear or definitive answers to questions about the causes of poverty to answer questions about global obligations to the poor. Causes are relevant for designing effective aid programs, but not for assigning responsibility for addressing poverty.
Panelists include Michael Goodhart (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science,
4:30 in Gregg Hall (Porter 100). Humanities Center lecture
Humanities Center lectureCo-sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Applied Ethics and Political Philosophy (CAAEPP).
The entire family will enjoy celebrating Earth Day surrounded by the beauty of nature at the Frick Environmental Center on Saturday, April 17, 2010 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Nature lovers of all ages will enjoy a full day of free activities including bird walks, live entertainment, nature crafts, animal encounters, flowerbed planting, and a garlic mustard pull. Individuals and groups can leave a lasting legacy by volunteering — choose from numerous park stewardship projects.
The Frick Environmental Center is at 2005 Beechwood Boulevard, near where Beechwood hits Forbes. For more information, call 412-422-6538.
Earth Day...Come play with your kids!
Pittsburgh Green Drinks tries to answer the question What About Marcellus Shale? ...with George Jugovic, Jr., the Regional Director of the Southwest Regional Office of the Department of Environmental Protection.
Come join us for a Green Drinks discussion about the opportunities and environmental challenges presented by the Marcallus shale play, with comments by our host, George Jugovic, Jr. Regional Director of the Southwest Region of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. DEP's Bureau of Oil and Gas Management regulates the safe exploration, development and recovery of Marcellus Shale Natural gas reservoirs in a manner protective of the commonwealth's natural resources and the environment.
Mr. Jugovic was appointed to Regional Director of the Department of Environmental Protection South-west Regional Office in November 2009. He began his legal career in 1984 with DEP’s Office of Chief Counsel and focused his practice in water and waste litigation. Additionally, he prosecuted environmental crimes cases as a Special Deputy Attorney General with the Office of Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Section For seven years. He left state employment to run the Law Department for the non-profit Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future where he initiated citizen suits under Federal environmental laws, and represented the organization before the Public Utility Commission.
Mr. Jugovic received his B.S. degree in Environmental Resource Management from the Pennsylvania State University, and J.D. and Certificate in Environment and Natural Resources Law (honors) from Lewis and Clark Law School. He interned with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has taught advanced courses in Wildlife and Environmental Crimes Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He has written on the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's imposition of strict liability for environmental crimes, and was primarily responsible for drafting the Commonwealth's sentencing guidelines for environmental crimes for the Pennsylvania Crimes Commission.
What is Green Drinks?
Every month, people who work in the environmental field or have in interest in a greener planet meet up for drinks at places all around the world at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. We have a lively mixture of people from Non profit, academia, labor, government, media and business. Come along and you'll be made welcome. Just say, "are you green?" and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It's a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there's always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organizing network.
These events are simple and unstructured. Make friends, develop new ideas, do deals and forge a new organic future. It's a force for the good and we'd like to help its spreading to other cities. Green Drinks meets on the 3rd Friday of each month from 5:00 - 9:00 PM...or later!! Put it in your calendar and count on it: Green Drinks is happening every month.
2010 Calendar - Save these dates: May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17