UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Free screenings of the climate change documentary "This Changes Everything" will be offered from 7-9:30 p.m. on Feb. 3 and 4 at the State Theatre. Co-sponsors of the event include Penn State's Sustainability Institute, Center for Global Studies, Sierra Club Moshannon, Rock Ethics Institute, and the Center for Democratic Deliberation. The documentary is based on the book "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate" by Naomi Klein. Klein is the author of the global best-sellers "The Shock Doctrine" and "No Logo."
Filmed over 211 shooting days in nine countries and five continents, the film shows viewers how communities across the globe are tackling the challenge of climate change. From Montana's Powder River Basin and the Alberta Tar Sands to the streets of Beijing and Greece, activists, scientists and author Naomi Klein challenge us to reimagine and reinvent the economic system that has brought about disruptive climate change.
"'This Changes Everything' has been called the most momentous and contentious environmental book since 'Silent Spring,' but is also incredibly hopeful," said Denice Wardrop, director of Penn State's Sustainability Institute.
"It asks us to collectively consider the most difficult, but critical, questions of social justice, democracy, development, environmental consequences and action. We see this community screening as a way to further the conversation that is already starting."
Following each screening, Penn State faculty from atmospheric sciences, communications, geography and more will participate in a panel discussion with questions taken from the audience. The current panelists are as follows:
- Erik Foley, director of sustainability, Smeal College of Business
- Richard Mbih, visiting professor of African studies
- Klaus Keller, professor of geosciences, director of the Center for Climate Risk Management, contributing author to the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
- Sarah Clark-Miller, associate professor of philosophy and women's studies, Rock Ethics Institute
- Raymond Najjar, professor of meteorology, Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment
- Jia Ching Chen, assistant professor of geography
- Matt Jordan, associate professor of communications, co-director of the Social Thought Program
The events are free and open to the public.