Free documentary on climate change to be screened during Earth Week

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Perhaps no nation on Earth feels it has more at stake this upcoming Earth Day (April 22) than the 1,200 islands that make up the nation of Maldives in the Indian Ocean. It’s there that a former president worries that a small rise in sea level would submerge everything and everyone.

As part of Earth Day/Earth Week activities at Penn State, which will take place from April 16 to 25, there will be a free screening of “The Island President,” an award-winning documentary that follows former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed as he tries to shine a spotlight on the issue of climate change.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, at the State Theatre in downtown State College, Pa.

A panel discussion will follow the screening, which is co-sponsored by Penn State Outreach and Penn State’s Rock Ethics Institute.

The Maldives is one of the lowest lying countries in the world. Some estimates predict that a 3-foot rise in sea level could leave the country completely submerged by 2050. The documentary chronicles Nasheed’s first year in office as he strives to have his voice heard around the world.

The film has won awards at the Toronto, Telluride and Sundance Film Festivals.

Nancy Tuana, director of the Rock Ethics Institute, will moderate the Penn State panel discussion which will include: Tom Keiter, creative director for WPSU; Klaus Keller, associate professor of geosciences; Petra Tschakert, associate professor of geography; and Bob Potter, community leader and president of Potter Development Services.

To view the trailer, visit online.

No tickets are required for the screening of “The Island President.” Admission will be first come, first served.

Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 115 countries worldwide.

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Last Updated April 18, 2012