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Climate Conversations: ‘Making Arizona’ Documentary Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Jacelle Ramon-Sauberon in the documentary "Land & Water"

Join us for an interactive “Climate Conversation” with Michael Mulcahy, associate professor in the School of Theatre, Film and Television and 2023-24 Udall Center fellow.

Arizona is feeling the intensifying effects of global climate change as extreme heat breaks new records and water scarcity concerns grow. But what can we do about it?

This is the question that drives Professor Mulcahy’s new short documentary series and educational project, “Making Arizona.”

Professor Mulcahy will debut the first installment in this multi-part series and will hold a panel discussion with stakeholders and participants from the films during this live event at the University’s award-winning ENR2 Building.

In addition to the filmmaker himself, other panelists at the event will include:

Eva Romero, Consultant at Sol Partners Consulting Firm
Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan, faculty in the Tohono O’odham Studies Program at Tohono O’odham Community College and “Making Arizona” documentary subject
Sandy Bahr, Grand Canyon Chapter director for the Sierra Club
Fatima Luna, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Tucson
Mark Kear, Economic Geographer and Assistant Professor in the UArizona School of Geography, Development & Environment
This is the first of four state-wide public events that will feature short documentaries highlighting the stories of Arizonans’ resilience in the face of climate change, along with the chance to discuss the climate challenges the state faces with political leaders, climate scientists and non-governmental organizations. This series of events is made possible by a grant from Arizona Humanities, and is funded in part by the Southwest Center and the Southwestern Foundation for Education and Historical Preservation.

The first event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Agnese Haury Auditorium on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson; future events are planned for Chandler, Yuma and Flagstaff.

Part of “Making Arizona” involves the development of a public impact campaign to encourage and help Arizonans move the state forward on climate change. Each “Climate Conversation” will provide resources for Arizonans to effectively advocate for needed climate action at the local, state and federal levels.

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