Environmental film festival at Linfield examines climate change and more

Four films in four evenings, but all have one shared theme—the struggle to save the environment.

Four evenings of environmental films followed by panel discussions with a variety of professors and community members will be held Oct 11-14, at 7 p.m. in the Pioneer Hall Reading Room at Linfield College.

“Awake” will be shown on Wednesday, Oct. 11. This film captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed how we fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet.

“Sustainable” will be shown on Thursday, Oct. 12. This film is an investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face – soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use – to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. “Sustainable” is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.

“Before the Flood” will be shown on Friday, Oct. 13. This film follows the story of a United Nations Messenger of Peace, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, as he travels to five continents and the Arctic in order to see climate change firsthand. On his journey he meets with political leaders and scientists and discovers a campaign created to downplay the urgency of the current climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

“A Simpler Way” will be shown on Saturday, Oct. 14. This film takes viewers to Gippsland, Australia, where residents have fully embraced the notion of a simpler existence. Part of a 12-month experiment known as “The Simpler Way Project,” the inhabitants of this community all share a commitment to social change and environmental preservation.

The festival is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Linfield College Sustainability Council, the department of environmental studies and the Linfield College Office of Sustainability. For more information, contact Duncan Reid at 503-883-2738 or sustainability@linfield.edu.