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Are you an environmental activist? Or are you just interested in learning more about climate change and the many contentious debates that pop up in the media? If your answer is yes, you have then you have hit the jackpot! On Tuesday evening (March 17), the largest environmental film festival had its official launch at the Carnegie Institution for Science, downtown Washington DC. “Bikes and Cars” by Swedish director Fredrik Gertten had its DC premiere at the festival’s launch. It is just one of more than 160 films dealing with various topics concerning the environment that will be screened during the 23th Annual Environmental Film Festival.
The films being screened treat with issues ranging from sustainable living, wildlife, freshwater and oceans, energy and resources and environmental impact and advocacy. Festival organizers have chosen the theme ‘Climate Connections’ since many of the films being screened underscore the “global climate imperative” and help establish the agenda for the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place in Paris, France at year’s end.Organizers took on a massive task to host such a large festival with film screenings happening daily at more than 50 locations across the DC Metro area . However, they have put in place a number of measures to help film goers to navigate the festival program and get the most out of the experience.
If you are keen to view some of the films, you can grab one of the beautifully designed booklets packed full of all the details about screenings. What is more, the festival offers great opportunities for family outings since organizers have included many ‘kid-friendly’ films. The benefits of sensitizing and education our children about climate change issues cannot be underestimated since invariably they will be forced to contend with many of its effects in the future.
Apart from the printed material, the festival also has a re-designed, mobile friendly web site that you can consult on-the-go as you plan which films to view. Organizers have also devoted an entire segment of their printed and electronic material to a “How To” section that provides helpful information about attending the festival.The DC Environmental Film Festival will be quite a treat and a learning experience for anyone interested in sustainable development and environmental preservation .
For more information, you can check out the festival’s website here.