Climate Trust film showing, panel, Bozeman

05/05/2012

 We invite you to join us for an evening of food, film, conversation and fun! On Saturday, May 5th, Montana Conservation Voters Education Fund, Montana Environmental Information Center, the Montana Human Rights Network, Our Children’s Trust, and WITNESS will present four short films of the TRUST Film Series, and you will have the opportunity to meet with award-winning filmmakers and the courageous youth plaintiffs and attorneys behind the quest to save our world from the current climate catastrophe.

The films will be screened in the Theater of the Emerson Cultural Center starting at 6:30 pm.  The screening will be followed by a reception with the plaintiffs, filmmakers, and lawyers in the Emerson Ballroom.  The Bridger Creek Boys will be providing some lively music for the evening.

In May, 2011, youth around the world demanded government protect their futures by joining with attorneys to file groundbreaking climate change lawsuits using the Public Trust Doctrine. In fact, Montana Conservation Voters’ board chair Ryan Busse’s kids were part of the Montana suit. 

The films are part of Stories of TRUST: Calling for Climate Recovery, a 10-part series featuring the voices of daring youth from across the country that pursued lawsuits and asked the ruling generation to hear their climate change concerns. Former general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency, Roger Martella calls the litigation a remarkable legal action and “comprehensive strategy…to encourage this public action to ultimately reduce greenhouse gases.”

Guest speakers will include youth plaintiffs Nelson Kanuk and Montana’s own John Thiebes, WITNESS filmmakers Kelly Matheson and Christi Cooper-Kuhn, and attorneys involved in some of the cases. 

In TRUST Alaska, 17-year-old Nelson Kanuk speaks about the problems facing his community in the Arctic:
The main problem we are facing in the northern reaches of the world is that winter is coming late. This causes increased erosion due to permafrost melt, increased flooding due to the warmer temperatures, and intensified storms because the sea ice forms later in the season and is unable to provide a natural barrier for our coastal communities. This affects our communities as we could lose our homes, our culture and our way of life.”

Please join the conversation.  Come to the screening!
FREE FOR KIDS UNDER 12! Bring the family!

WHERE:
The Emerson Cultural Center
111 South Grand Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59715

WHEN: Saturday, May 5th, 6:30 – 8:00pm (screenings and panel discussion), 8:00-10:00pm (reception, live music, food and drink).

SPEAKERS:
A discussion with youth plaintiffs Nelson Kanuk and John Thiebes and WITNESS filmmakers Christi Cooper-Kuhn and Kelly Matheson.

DETAILS: All ages. Kids 12 and younger are FREE! Suggested $7 donation for adults.

CONTACTS:
Christi Cooper-Kuhn, christi.kuhn@gmail.com, 720.917.9223
Meg Ward – Our Children’s Trust – meg@ourchildrenstrust.org, 503.341.8590