The protection of the Earth’s environment and the conservation of its natural resources are an ever-growing concern both locally and globally. With that in mind, Clarke University will partner with several area agencies to present an Environmental Film Series during the 2015-16 academic year.
Clarke University received a $3,500 grant, funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Conservation Education Program (REAP CEP), to present the film series. REAP is supported by the state of Iowa, providing funding to public and private partners for natural and cultural resources and projects, including water quality, wildlife habitat, soil conservation, parks, trails, historic preservation, and more.
In September, October, November, January, February and April, Clarke will show a film that addresses an environmental issue impacting us today. Each film will feature a community partner who will lead a discussion afterwards. Partners will showcase their services and be available as a resource to those attending. Each session will be followed up with a “call to action.”
The film schedule is as follows (all films will be shown in Jansen Hall on the Clarke campus):
- Thursday, September 3, 7:00 p.m. – “Food Chains,” sponsored by the Dubuque Food Co-op.
- Thursday, October 8, 7:00 p.m. – “Chasing Ice,” sponsored by Green Dubuque.
- Thursday, November 12, 6:30 p.m. – “The Lorax,” sponsored by the Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Association.
- Thursday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. – “Last Call at the Oasis,” sponsored by the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium.
- Thursday, April 7, time TBD – Showing of top submitted films.
The last film session in April will be unique in that students, families and community members create their own environmental film. Winners of this film contest will be able to present their video and ideas to others and make their own “call to action.”
The Environmental Film Series will be open to Clarke students, faculty, staff and families along with Dubuque communities, including high school and middle school students and faculty.