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Fall 2018 Environmental Film Series


Presented by the Chester County Environmental Alliance


All programs will be held at West Chester University Business Building: 50 W Sharpless St, West Chester, PA Room 101 (map) on the first Friday of each month: Sep - Dec


Sep 7: The Future We Want: A World of Difference - several award winning shorts focusing on local solutions to the legacy of fossil fuels, plastic pollution and extreme weather

Oct 5: Sustainable Fashion – exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet

Nov 2: Poisoning Paradise -  What are your health risks to chemical exposure?

Dec 7: The Future of Energy -  Getting ready for a clean, affordable, renewable energy future

When: Doors Open at 6:30pm, Movies start at 7pm


Climate Solutions

Friday, September 7 The Future We Want: A World of Difference

A series of short videos focusing on local solutions to the legacy of fossil fuels, plastic pollution and extreme weather.

See list and links to the shorts shown at the Sep 7 event BELOW.

Some of the videos we'll see include:


 Climate Change Story Booksun riseeating plastics

Sustainable Fashion

Friday October 5: The True Cost - exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet


A story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Trailer:  https://youtu.be/QPMU1VHgmEo

true cost

Poisoning Paradise

Friday November 2:   Poisoning Paradise   What are your health risks to chemical exposure?


Journey to the seemingly idyllic world of Native Hawaiians, where communities are surrounded by experimental test sites and pesticides sprayed upwind of their neighborhoods. Poisoning Paradise details the ongoing struggle to advance bold new legislation governing the fate of their island home. In an attempt to diversify an economy that was overly reliant on tourism, policymakers in both Hawaii and Washington, D.C. encouraged the world’s largest biotech companies to utilize Kauai’s favorable climate and fertile soil to test genetically engineered seeds and crops.


Corporations including Syngenta, Pioneer DuPont, BASF, and Dow Agrosciences have since applied hundreds of tons of Restricted Use (RU) pesticides on thousands of acres across the Garden Island’s West Side, the traditional homeland of an indigenous and disenfranchised population. Interviews with local residents, scientists, and healthcare professionals reveal the hardships and ecological dangers of intensive and continuous pesticide applications and the environmental injustice thrust upon people living in one of the most sacred, biologically unique and diverse locations on earth. Award-winning investigative journalist Paul Kolberstein describes Kauai as “one of the most toxic agricultural environments in all of American agriculture.”


As champions of a grassroots movement to make Kauai County Bill 2491 law, local activists battle political corruption, corporate bullying, and systematic concealment by the agrichemical industry. Although Kauai’s plight might seem like a local issue, this debate is in fact raging around the world as country after country is becoming concerned about pesticides, the future of food, and sustainable farming practices


Trailer -  http://www.poisoningparadise.com/trailer/


poisoning paradise


The Future Of Energy

Friday December 7: The Future of Energy   Getting ready for a clean, affordable, renewable energy future

A documentary that captures the movement across the Unites States to transition to renewable energy and what everyday people are doing to help foster that shift. It's a positive film about the renewable energy revolution, and a love story about the countless individuals and communities that are re-imagining their relationship with the planet and with each other. The film focuses on solutions to climate change and advocates for the use of 100% renewable energy.

The work of 350.org, Green for All, Alliance for Climate Education, and Go100%, along with that of many other organizations, is featured in the film. The documentary highlights the work of influential climate change activists and visionary renewable energy advocates including: Jeremy Rifkin, best selling author of The Third Industrial Revolution and principle architect of the European Union's renewable energy movement; Bill Mckibben, author and leading environmental activist on climate change; Joanna Macy, author and eco-philosopher; Danny Kennedy, author of Rooftop Revolution and co-founder of Sungevity solar company; Diane Moss, founder of Renewables 100 Policy Institute; Mark Jacobson, Director of Atmosphere and Energy program at Stanford University and co founder of the Solutions Project; and Pandora Thomas, sustainability consultant and environmental educator. In addition, there are also appearances by Billy Parrish, Co Founder of Mosaic, Marco Krapels, co founder of Solutions Project, and many more. The Film also features the Mayors of two U.S. towns that have transitioned to renewables already; The Mayor of Lancaster, California, Rex Parris, who's transitioned to solar energy, and the Mayor of Greensburg, Kansas, Bob Dixon, who's transitioned to wind energy.

Trailer  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRvU-5OVhDM

future of energy

Sep 7 Shorts - Climate, Renewable Energy & Plastics

Thank you for attending The Future We Want: A World Of Difference evening at West Chester University on September 7, 2018. Here are the speakers, references and a list of the video shorts that were shown this evening.

Host: Paula Kline - kline.paula@gmail.com - Ready For 100/Chester County volunteer leader

Speaker: Jim Wylie - jim.wylie@verizon.net - Sierra Club Southeastern PA Group volunteer leader

Speaker: Carol Armstrong - mnem.np@gmail.com - PennEnvironment 100% PA volunteer 

Speaker: Rachel Davis - racheljoydavis2017@gmail.com - Sierra Club Adopt A Drain volunteer leader

Speaker: Peggy Hartzel - leaflight@earthlink.net - single-use plastics education activist

If you want to join the Ready For 100/Chester County teamsclick here to join the email list  to learn about organizing meetings and renewable energy advocacy opportunities.

If you want to join a growing list of people concerned about single-use plastics in the greater Philadelphia area, click here. (organization just getting started)

Reducing Plastics in our lives - 10 suggestions:

  1. Take your own bags to shop, or ask for paper bags

    More than 1 million bags are used across the globe every day
  2. Avoid buying produce that’s wrapped in plastic.straws

    A bag of apples is the same cost as the same number of apples bought loose.
    Sweet potatoes don’t taste better when wrapped in plastic
  3. Avoid plastic drink bottles – water, sodas, teas

  4.  Bring a re-usable drink container for coffee

    If you get drinks with plastic lids, look into recycling them at Subaru dealers (including snack wrappers/bags, disposable cups and lids, and coffee and tea capsules)
  5. Reduce plastic wrap for lunches and leftovers

    Put leftovers in a dish or use Beeswrap
  6. Buy packaging in cardboard instead of plastic

    Dishwasher, laundry soap in cardboard containers
  7. Buy condiments in glass

  8.  Avoid excess packaging on things you buy (everything from toilet paper to magazines, to shipped items)

  9.  Reduce plastic in the bathroom

    Opt for shampoo bars and soap bars over liquid soap
    Choose your next toothbrush from recycled plastic or bamboo
  10. Reduce plastic in cleaning supplies

    Most DIY cleaners use baking soda, dish soap, water, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide. Easy to buy, store, and to have on hand for ready use.

The play list from this evening's show:

Climate Change

  1.  Our Future, with Morgan Freeman, video by United Nations TV (3:37)

  2. I Wish For You, with Jeremy Irons, Maxine Peake, video by The Climate Coalition (5:09)

  3. Will this be Humanity's Fate?, by Prince EA (4:31)ea prince

  4. I vote 4energy , Ad, video by Greenpeace (1:30)

  5. Ontario 1 and 2 

  6. A Bed Time Story, video by Jessica Morseau (1:09)
  7. South African storyteller 

  8. Global Warming Is An Approaching Train. by Starrdreams (0:26)

  9. How We Talk About Climate, with Bill McKibben, by The Sanders Institure (3:02)

Renewable Energy

  1. Renewable around the world, with Bill McKibben, by The Sanders Institute (1:58)

  2. What Can I do?, with Bill McKibben, by The Sanders Institute (3:06)

  3. Now This Op Ed, with Jodie van Horn, Ready For 100 (3:28)

  4. These Students Are Pushing Their Community to 100%, Sierra Student Coalition (2:01)

  5. St Louis 2:03students

  6. TheClean Energy effect, Sierra Club, Ready For 100 (1:45)

  7.  Sarasota Commits to 100% Clean Energy, ABC7 News, Sarasota, FL (2:54)

  8.  An 8 Year Old's Rant Against Duke Energy, Ad by NCWARN (0:29)

  9. Norwegian Eco Commercial, Developed by Saatchi & Saatchi Norway (0:45)

  10. It's Time To Power Your Life Differently, OVO Energy (1:00)

  11. Budweiser, by Anheiser Busch (0:30) 


  1. Are You Eating Plastic For Dinner?, National Geographic (4;39)

  2. Mariner Pipeline Facts in 3 Minutes, Uwchlan Safety  (3:33)

  3. Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Trailer, Angela Sun (1:55)

  4. Plastic Pollution, Our Oceans, Our Future, Hawaiian, Connect 4 Climate (4:19)styro

  5.  You Wouldn't Eat Plastic Bags, Greenpeace Australia (1:03)

  6. Tell Supermarkets To Go Plastics Free, Greenpeace UK (0:23)

  7.  Break free from plastic, Break free from plastics Movement (2:00)