Imagine a world without fish. It’s a frightening premise, and it’s happening right now.
To increase awareness about a very real and disturbing phenomenon called 'ocean acidification', The Menunkatuck Audubon Society, a local chapter and Audubon Connecticut, the state office of the National Audubon Society, will host a free public film screening of the highly-acclaimed film, A Sea Change. Chock full of scientific information, this is the first documentary about ocean acidification.
Global warming of the atmosphere is only half the story of the environmental catastrophe that awaits us. Excess carbon dioxide is dissolving in our oceans, changing sea water chemistry. The more acidic water makes it difficult for tiny creatures at the bottom of the food web to form their shells. The effects could work their way up to the fish 1 billion people depend upon for their source of protein. This feature-length film is also a beautiful paen to the ocean world and an intimate story of a Norwegian-American family whose heritage is bound up with the sea and a touching portrait of Sven’s relationship with his grandchild Elias. As Sven keeps a correspondence with the little boy, he mulls over the world that he is leaving for future generations.
A Sea Change has played to sell-out crowds at major film festivals in Washington, DC, San Francisco, Seattle in 2009 and its many awards include: Best World Documentary, Sedona International Film Festival; Best Green Film, Kosovo International Documentary Film Festival; Grand Prize, Feature Documentary, FICA International Environmental Film Festival; Dumosa Award for Best Coastal Film, Cottonwood Environmental Film Festival; Best Nordic Country Film, Polar Film Festival; Aloha Accolade Award, Honolulu International Film Festival.
This scientifically-based film brings home the indisputable fact that our lifestyle is changing the earth, despite our rhetoric or wishful thinking. The filmmakers hope its message about ocean acidification will reach millions of people and leading policy-makers across the globe ahead and influence future UN Climate Change conferences designed to stop the massive amounts of carbon being released by coal, oil and natural gas fuels.
RSVPs are appreciated. Contact Audubon Connecticut State Board Member, Dennis Riordan at 203-387-2167. Meet at 2:00 pm in the Blackstone Memorial Library at 58 Main Street in Branford. For more information, visit their web site or call 203-488-1441. Donations to support future Audubon chapter events and conservation projects will be collected at the door.
For more details about the film, go to www.aseachange.net.
A Sea Change
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Blackstone Memorial Library in Branford, CT