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Presented by Global Oneness Project
The Event Program
- Movie presentation of Elemental
Elemental tells the story of three individuals united by their deep connection with nature and driven to confront some of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time. The film follows Rajendra Singh, an Indian government official gone rogue, on a 40-day pilgrimage down India’s once pristine Ganges river, now polluted and dying. Facing community opposition and personal doubts, Singh works to shut down factories, halt construction of dams, and rouse the Indian public to treat their sacred “Mother Ganga” with respect. Across the globe in northern Canada, Eriel Deranger mounts her own “David and Goliath” struggle against the world’s largest industrial development, the Tar Sands, an oil deposit larger than the state of Florida. A young mother and native Denè, Deranger struggles with family challenges while campaigning tirelessly against the Tar Sands and its proposed 2,000-mile Keystone XL Pipeline, which are destroying Indigenous communities and threatening an entire continent. And in Australia, inventor and entrepreneur Jay Harman searches for investors willing to risk millions on his conviction that nature’s own systems hold the key to our world’s ecological problems. Harman finds his inspiration in the natural world’s profound architecture and creates a revolutionary device that he believes can slow down global warming, but will it work? Separated by continents yet sharing an unwavering commitment to protecting nature, the characters in this story are complex, flawed, postmodern heroes for whom stemming the tide of environmental destruction fades in and out of view – part mirage, part miracle.
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After the film, there will be a panel discussion on environmental activism, featuring Monica Patel, Policy Specialist at the Ecology Center, Jeannine Palms, environmental educator and co-founder of Cobblestone Farm Market, Mike Shriberg, Education Director at the Graham Sustainability Institute, Rebecca Hardin, Professor at UM's School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), Program in the Environment, and Department of Anthropology, and Josh Newell, SNRE Professor and Director of the Urban Sustainability Research Group. If you're at all interested in environmental change-making, this is not to be missed!