Earth Week at StetsonU: Documentary About Energy

April 05, 2013

Visiting Research Professor John Jett and his daughter Maya plant a tree on campus. Photo by Dr. Peter May.

Visiting Research Professor John Jett and his daughter Maya plant a tree on campus. Photo by Dr. Peter May.

As part of Earth Week on Stetson University’s DeLand campus, the university community will join 250 other universities across the country to screen a new documentary about our energy future. Switch will be shown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, in the Rinker Auditorium, inside Lynn Business Center, 345 N. Woodland Blvd. The Stetson campus screening is co-sponsored by the Gillespie Museum of Minerals, the Department of Geography and Environmental Science and Students Advocating Sustainability at Stetson.

The documentary is part of the Geological Society of America’s Switch Energy: Awareness & Efficiency Program, (http://www.switchenergyproject.com/), a multi-pronged effort to build a global understanding of energy.

Switch explores leading energy sites, from coal to solar, oil to biofuel, most of them highly restricted and never before seen on film. Through interviews with international leaders of government, industry and academia, geologist Scott Tinker engages important questions about energy: Is fracking polluting water? How dangerous is nuclear? Will we run out of oil? Can we clean up coal? Will renewables power our future?

The documentary has won a number of awards, for its even-handed treatment of the topic as well as its production values. An informal discussion of the documentary will follow the screening, led by Stetson professors Tony Abbott, geography and environmental science; Tandy Grubbs, chemistry; Jim Buthman, visiting lecturer in political science; and Bekah Burket, representing Students Advocating Sustainability at Stetson.

This event is free and open to the community. For additional information, call or e-mail the Gillespie Museum (386.822.7330; gillespiemuseum@stetson.edu).




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