Environment The This Changes Everything movie poster, designed by Shepard Fairey. It shows a planet on fire being held up by two hands, wind energy, and the toxic symbol of environmental pollutants.

Published on March 8, 2016 | by Nicole McIntyre     Photography by Shepard Fairey


Humber to screen climate change film for earth week

Co-chair of Humber academic sustainability Paula Gouveia wants students to know that Humber College is committed to having conversations about climate change.

“If we don’t do something about it – what happens?” Gouveia said. “That’s a tough question that has a scary consequence if we don’t mobilize,” she added.

“We need to change, or else it is going to change everything,” said Humber sustainability manager Lindsay Walker, about climate change.

This is why Humber is going to screen Naomi Klein’s new documentary This Changes Everything at the north campus on March 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the auditorium (room E135). Humber and Guelph-Humber students alike are welcome to come. There will also be free snacks.

“In this film, Lewis and Klein make a compelling argument that overlapping crises like climate change, extreme poverty, displacement and inequality, are problems that need collective, not individual solutions,” said Humber sociology professor Jennifer Ball.

“Documentaries are great conversation starters and this one is all about the power of the people working together,” she added.

It was her idea to screen This Changes Everything. She said as a student, she would go and see Klein speak and she loves her work.

Neither Ball, Walker nor Gouveia have seen the film yet. “But it’s supposed to be a really good film,” said Gouveia.

“It was shot in nine different countries over five continents, so it’s a real feast for the eyes,” said Ball.

It is also educational in the sense that she believes it will give students ideas on how they can get engaged with tackling climate change.

“I think after the film, one big question people are going to have is: what is Humber doing about climate change?” she said.

In order to address this question, and any others that may arise after viewing the film, there will be a discussion panel of experts on site for students.

The panel consists of Walker, Humber science professor Shelley McCabe and a recent graduate of the Humber sustainability program.

Both the film and panel will be streamed online to the Lakeshore and Orangeville campuses and those students can ask questions at home from Facebook or Twitter.

“Stick around and spend the extra 20 minutes to learn a little bit more about what’s happening at Humber. Don’t be shy to ask a question,” said Ball.

In the end, Ball hopes students take away two things from This Changes Everything and the discussion panel afterwards: “I hope they realize how serious a problem climate change is and two, I hope they feel empowered to do something about it.”

Humber earth week this year is March 28-April 1.

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