News / Arts & Entertainment

Film Festival Sounds Alarm on Environment

Showcase of 155 films offers fresh perspective on green, climate change issues

If global warming continues at the same rate as today, by the end of this century, the Arctic could see a temperature increase of up to 12 degrees centigrade.
If global warming continues at the same rate as today, by the end of this century, the Arctic could see a temperature increase of up to 12 degrees centigrade.

Multimedia

Penelope Poulou

Every spring the nation's capital welcomes the cherry blossoms and the Environmental Film Festival. Flo Stone, director and founder of the festival, says the event is wildly popular.

"It's a collaborative festival with, this year, 110 participating organizations. And we're showing films in 56 different locations. We've never had a place turn us down. Never."

Fresh perspective

Movie theaters, museums and universities screen films with a fresh perspective on environmental issues.For example, Eskil Hardt's "One Degree Matters," focuses on the destructive impact of global warming.

Hardt says that, while his film rings the alarm on global warming, it also carries a positive message that we can stop carbon emissions with renewable energy such as solar and wind power.

"We are showing that the technology is out there," says Hardt. "We can start changing the world tomorrow if we want to."

Green house

The U.S. documentary, "The Green House," shows how private initiative is changing the world one step at a time.

Jason Scadron and Liv Violette's documentary chronicles the building of the first carbon-neutral house in McLean, Virginia, a Washington, D.C. suburb. Architect Mark Turner built the house, which is about 75 percent more energy efficient than the average American home.

Its green roof, thermal floor tracks and fiber optic skylights all say green, Scadron says. "We really focused on how this house is being made. And how this house can be an example of future houses. There is a wellness to living green."

Chuck Nelson is a retired union coal miner who lives in an area affected by mountain top removal.
Chuck Nelson is a retired union coal miner who lives in an area affected by mountain top removal.

Coal country debate

That's not the case with West Virginia's coal country.The documentary, "Coal Country," shows how a mining technique called mountain top removal destroys the environment and releases green house gases in the Appalachian mountains.

"Where they blast off the tops of mountains, they role off the debris and the rock and the trees, roll them down the mountain sides into the valleys which contain streams," says filmmaker Phyllis Geller.

"Coal Country" also sheds light on the tensions between those in Appalachia who work for the industry and people who live close to the mining sites and feel their lives are threatened by carbon emissions.

The annual Environmental Film Festival in Washington is in its 18th year, showcasing 155 films from all over the world
The annual Environmental Film Festival in Washington is in its 18th year, showcasing 155 films from all over the world

"The coal industry has supported myself, my wife and my three children," declares a coal miner.

"They have peppered us with coal dust," says a lady, who lives in the area.

The documentary says coal produces nearly half the electricity in the United States. Although it's not easy to replace, many of the films say environmental progress is on the horizon.

Change is within our means and without it, the filmmakers say, we would be doomed.

You May Like

Philippines, Muslim Rebels Try to Salvage Peace Pact

Peace process faces major setback after botched military operation to find terrorists results in bloody gunbattle between government forces, Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters More

Republicans Expect Long, Expensive Presidential Battle

Political strategist says eventual winner will be one who can put together strongest coalition of various conservative groups that make up Republican Party More

Video New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

Engineers have come up with a lever-operated design that makes use of easily accessible bicycle technology More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grievingi
X
Benno Muchler
March 26, 2015 3:41 PM
Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
Video

Video California Science Center Tells Story of Dead Sea Scrolls

The ancient manuscripts were uncovered in the mid-20th century, and they are still yielding clues about life and religious beliefs in ancient Israel. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, an exhibit in Los Angeles shows how modern science is bringing the history of these ancient documents to life.
Video

Video Angelina Jolie Takes Another Bold Step

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Doctors say the huge publicity over her decision will help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. VOA’s George Putic has more

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

New in Music Alley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the latest edition of "Beyond Category" blues singer and guitarist Corey Harris performs with his band and talks about his travels in West Africa tracing the roots of the blues.