Posts Tagged ‘global sustainability’

Climate change the ‘defining crisis of our time’

“Think about the shame that each of us will carry when our children and grandchildren look back and realize that we had the means of stopping this devastation, but simply lacked the political will to do so,” said actor, environmentalist and United Nations Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio in his Earth Day 2016 speech on climate change at the UN. You can watch it above.

His 2016 climate change film, “Before the Flood,” which already may be the most-watched documentary in history, screens at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 31) at Ohio State.

Free admission. Everyone’s welcome. There’s free pizza, too, beforehand.

‘We have the means of stopping this devastation’

Before the Flood” — the 2016 climate change documentary featuring actor/environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio — screens at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Ohio State’s 2017 Environmental Film Series. Some 60 million people have seen the film so far.

“Paradise has been degraded and destroyed,” DiCaprio says in the film’s trailer above. “I just want to know how far we’ve gone, and if there’s anything we can do to stop it.”

Bryan Mark, an Ohio State geography professor and Ohio’s state climatologist, and Heather Taylor-Miesle, executive director of the Ohio Environmental Council, will lead a discussion after the screening. Location, series schedule.

Thursday at 4 p.m.: The unsustainability of ‘Breaking Bad’

Image of Allen MacDuffie 2Allen MacDuffie (pictured), associate professor in the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of English, will present “Energy, Ecology, and ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Unsustainability” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at Ohio State in Columbus.

Admission is free and open to the public.

MacDuffie, who’s the author of Victorian Literature, Energy, and the Ecological Imagination, will discuss how narratives within the “Breaking Bad” TV series “register the cultural and environmental logic underlying our present moment of ecological crisis,” according to the event listing.

Ohio State’s Environmental Humanities program and Department of English are the event’s co-sponsors.

Details. (Photo: UT Austin.)

Free screening of ‘Anthropecene: The Movie’ in Columbus Nov. 2

Ohio State’s Environmental Humanities program is hosting a screening of “Anthropocene: The Movie” and a Q-and-A with director Steve Bradshaw at the Gateway Film Center in Columbus on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. More information can be found here. Watch the trailer above.

Today at 3:30: Climate change and Bangladesh

Mahbuba Nasreen of the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Mizanur Rahman, project director of the Bangladesh Delta Plan, present “Climate Change, Resilience and Adaptation in Bangladesh” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. today (Oct. 25) on Ohio State’s campus in Columbus. Free and open to the public. Hosted by the university’s Mershon Center for International Security Studies. Co-sponsors include several programs connected to CFAES. Learn more here. Register here.

Watch: ‘A new set of rules to play by’

Ted Turner, born in Ohio, shares his thoughts on ways to help people and the planet in the video above. He’s the subject of a talk at Ohio State on Oct. 25. Speaking will be Todd Wilkinson, author of Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled Planet. Wilkinson will speak, too, the evening before, together with photographer Thomas Mangelsen, about an equally large personality, Grizzly 399. Tickets to both events are free, but space is limited. Read more and find a link to get tickets here.

Would seem to be good advice

See no evil- head in the sand?Climate change deniers should “open their eyes,” says the headline of a story by WOSU’s Thomas Bradley on yesterday’s visit to the Ohio State campus by Prince Albert of Monaco.

Watch: ‘The three main challenges our oceans face for the future’

Prince Albert II of Monaco discusses sustainable strategies for the oceans in the video above. It’s from the 2014 World Ocean Summit. He speaks at Ohio State next week.

See ‘everything in creation as a brother or sister’

Cardinal Turkson video 2Watch WOSU Public Media’s video of Cardinal Turkson’s Nov. 2 talk at Ohio State by clicking the image. CFAES Dean Bruce McPheron speaks starting at 1:59, Ohio State President Michael V. Drake at 6:50, Cardinal Turkson at 10:02. Their “fireside chat” starts around 35:40.

Media covers Turkson visit

Cardinal Peter Turkson’s recent visit to Ohio State was covered by, among others, the National Catholic Reporter, the Columbus Dispatch and Ohio State’s student newspaper, the Lantern.