The Tucson chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) is hosting a belated celebration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with an online film festival, beginning Thursday, September 3rd at 7 PM. Ticket holders can watch the festival at any time during the 5 days following the Sept. 3rd kickoff. Tickets prices start at $20 (special pricing for students) and include entry in a raffle to win an evening of stargazing for two at the University of Arizona’s Mt. Lemmon Skycenter.
The festival, produced by Wild & Scenic On Tour, is a fundraiser to send students to the Citizens’ Climate Lobby International Conference in Washington, D.C. There, students will receive two days of education about climate, climate change, policy solutions including Carbon Fee and Dividend, and techniques for building the political will needed to effect change. Their conference experience will conclude with a day of lobbying members of both the House and Senate on Capitol Hill!
The festival incorporates 18 short films that highlight people impacted by a changing climate and those with the passion and determination to understand and solve it through science and activism. Attendees will see compelling stories told with humor, compassion, artistry, and stunning imagery of nature and wildlife. Stories from as far away as Greenland and as close as a Tucson bakery will inspire all of us with the variety and richness of life on Earth, the tenacity of the human spirit, and the feeling that we can indeed keep our planet livable.
In addition, attendees will hear from one of the University of Arizona’s most enthusiastic researchers and teachers, Dr. Joellen Russell, whose curiosity about Earth — the Great Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica, and the deglaciation and future of permafrost in the Arctic — is eclipsed only by her ability to motivate others to protect it. Dr. Russell shares a glimpse of her life’s work that is propelled by total joy and dedication. She makes the science and the tools she uses fascinating for everyone – whatever their background!
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies that will effectively and fairly address climate change.