Ohio State Environmental Film Series Starts Jan. 24

Actor-activist Leonardo DiCaprio, right, and National Geographic’s Enric Sala visit the Arctic in a scene from DiCaprio’s “Before the Flood” climate change documentary. It screens Jan. 31 in Ohio State’s 2017 Environmental Film Series. (Image: National Geographic Channel.)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State University’s 2017 Environmental Film Series kicks off Jan. 24 with a look at legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, author of the classic A Sand County Almanac.

Called “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time,” the film starts at 7 p.m. in Room 130 in Ohio State’s Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Chemistry (CBEC) building, 151 W. Woodruff Ave. in Columbus. Admission is free and open to the public. Free pizza and beverages will be served at 6:45 p.m. Advance registration isn’t needed.

The Emmy Award-winning “Green Fire,” according to its website, “explores Leopold’s extraordinary career and his enduring influence — tracing how he shaped the modern conservation movement and continues to inspire projects all over the country that connect people and the land.”

A discussion will follow the screening, led by the film’s producer and narrator, Curt Meine, senior fellow with the Baraboo, Wisconsin-based Aldo Leopold Foundation, and Jeff Sharp, director of Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR).

Watch the film’s trailer at go.osu.edu/GreenFire.

6 Tuesday evenings through Feb. 28

SENR is co-sponsoring the free series, which runs on six consecutive Tuesday evenings, with the university’s Office of Energy and Environment. All the screenings are at 7 p.m. in the CBEC building. They’ll all have discussions afterward led by Ohio State and other experts.

Also scheduled in the series are:

  • Before the Flood” on Jan. 31: Climate change documentary co-produced, narrated and hosted on screen by actor-environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio.

  • Red Gold” on Feb. 7: Alaska’s Bristol Bay salmon fishery and the open-pit Pebble mine proposed in the bay’s headwaters.

  • A Race Against Time” on Feb. 14: Solar energy development in India; what’s impeding solar development in the U.S. The film is an episode in the National Geographic Channel’s “Years of Living Dangerously” series. David Letterman and “Saturday Night Live” cast member Cecily Strong are the on-screen hosts.
  • Return of the River” on Feb. 21: The environmental and cultural benefits of the largest dam removal project in U.S. history, on Washington state’s Elwha River.

  • Uprising” on Feb. 28: America’s dependence on coal plants for energy; China’s impact on the global environment. This film, too, is from the “Years of Living Dangerously.” Actors America Ferrera and Sigourney Weaver are the on-screen hosts.

Students have course credit option

Ohio State students may be eligible to attend the screenings as one-credit independent study courses offered by SENR. Writing essays about the films is also a requirement. For details, visit go.osu.edu/enr-4193 and go.osu.edu/enr-6193 or contact instructor David Hanselmann of SENR at hanselmann.3@osu.edu or 614-247-1908. The deadline to register is Jan. 13.

SENR is in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

Writer(s): 

Kurt Knebusch
knebusch.1@osu.edu
330-263-3776

Source(s): 

David Hanselmann
hanselmann.3@osu.edu
614-247-1908