The Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative and Woodwell Climate Research Center, in association with the Chatham Climate Action Network, will present a screening of the internationally-acclaimed film “Earth Emergency” at the Orpheum Theater in Chatham on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m.
Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to help reduce the Cape and Islands’ contributions to climate change and protect our region from its potentially devastating impacts.
“Earth Emergency” examines how human activity is creating self-perpetuating “feedback loops” that are amplifying and accelerating climate change. Narrated by actor Richard Gere and featuring spiritual leader Dalai Lama and climate activist Greta Thunberg, the film explains how warming caused by human activity is setting in motion Earth’s own natural warming mechanisms, releasing additional greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere, and further heating up the planet.
“This film sheds light on the powerful role natural systems play in regulating our climate,” said Dr. Wayne Walker, director of Woodwell’s Carbon Program. “It’s critical that more people have an appreciation for mother nature, both in terms of the risks she faces as well as the opportunities she offers for nature-based climate solutions.”
Janet Williams, co-vice president of the Climate Change Collaborative and member of the Chatham Climate Action Network said the film “helps us all understand what feedback loops are, how they accelerate climate change, and how they are critically important in raising the risks we all face.”
The film will be preceded by a 6:30 p.m. theater lobby reception featuring the filmmaker Bonnie Waltch, Woodwell scientists and climate organization representatives. A live panel discussion and audience Q&A moderated by Heather Goldstone, chief communications officer for Woodwell, will immediately follow the film. The panel will include Walch, climate scientists from the Woodwell Center and representatives of the Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative and Chatham Climate Action Network.
Tickets for the Dec. 8 event may be purchased online at http://capecodclimate.org/earth-emergency or at the theater located at 637 Main St., Chatham.