READING, Pa. — Penn State Berks will host a screening of the film "DIVEST! The Climate Movement on Tour," followed by a panel discussion at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 29, in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
Panelists will include Jayne Park Martinez, instructor in science and coordinator of the Research, Planning and Assessment Office at Penn State Berks, and Karen Feridun, founder of Berks Gas Truth and member of the Pennsylvania Against Fracking steering committee. They will share their experiences from the Climate Reality Leadership Corps training program held in Pittsburgh in October.
The film was produced by Bulldog Films in Oley, Pennsylvania. Bulldog Films has the following description of the film on its website:
“As world governments struggle to meet the aspirational limit of 1.5°C of global warming agreed to at COP21 in Paris, a new campaign is targeting the fossil fuel industry in an effort to withdraw its social license to operate. 'DIVEST!' chronicles 350.org's 'Do the Math' bus tour across the United States in 2012 as it launched the fossil fuel divestment campaign onto the national and ultimately international stage.
“Each night Bill McKibben and special guests laid out the findings in his landmark Rolling Stone article 'Global Warming's Terrifying New Math' and made both the moral and historical case for divestment. Three years later, over 500 institutions representing over 3 trillion dollars in assets have committed to divest. The campaign is winning, but with the clock ticking down the question remains: Will the victories add up enough to matter?”
This screening is coordinated by the Penn State Berks Sustainability Team, led by Mahsa Kazempour, associate professor of science education. The film screening is sponsored by the Hillkirk Family Program Endowment for Ethics and Sustainability. For more information, contact Kazempour, at 610-396-6312 or via email at [email protected].