Part of the Environmental Film Festival, come out for Ocean Health at Risk:Economy and Ecology at Odds, a series of films shown at the Carnegie Institution for Science beginning at 6 p.m. Reservations are encouraged.
We will meet at Sweetgreen, which serves salad and yogurt, and is a block away. If you do not want to be rushed while eating, please feel free to get there before 5:15 p.m. Even if you don't want to eat, come to Sweetgreen to meet the group. My plan is to head up to get in line at the Carnegie Institution at 5:35 p.m. (I recommend that you make a reservation, but I doubt that will ensure a seat.)
Ocean Health at Risk: Economy and Ecology at Odds
Presented by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Screenings, Panel Discussion and Reception
Drawing on Pulitzer Center reporting currently in progress for major news media outlets by award-winning journalists, this program will include a selection of short films that explore some of the most critical, and timely, topics related to one of the planet's most valuable, yet under-appreciated, resources: our oceans. Films include:
EMPTYING THE WORLD’S AQUARIUM (Mexico, 2013, 6 min.) World Premiere Jacques Cousteau called it “the world’s aquarium.” A vast and lush underwater paradise surrounded by arid desert and thick mangrove, the Sea of Cortez has captivated explorers from Francisco de Ulloa to John Steinbeck. With half a million tons of seafood taken per year, 6,000 cataloged species and perhaps 6,000 yet to be found, few places on earth boast such diversity of life. But today industrial fishing operations are decimating the sea's bounty. Produced by Dominic Bracco II and Eric Vance.
DOLPHIN SLAUGHTER (Peru, 2013, 6 min.) World Premiere It is one of the richest marine ecosystems on the planet, but the Peruvian ocean is in crisis. A rapidly expanding long-line fishery is decimating shark populations and the fishery is reliant on dolphin meat to bait the hooks. The slaughter of dolphins for shark bait is illegal, yet thousands are being butchered, indirect victims of Peru's growing dependence on sharks for food security. Produced by Jim Wickens for the Ecologist Film Unit, in collaboration with Link TV.
GRINDING NEMO (clips), an investigation into the human and environmental exploitation taking place in Thailand’s tropical shrimp industry.
Additional selections and detailed listings will be featured prior to the Festival.
Discussion, moderated by Jon Sawyer, Executive Director, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, with journalists Jim Wickens and Eric Vance and an oceans specialist from Conservation International, follows screenings.
Reception: 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.