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Power of Us: Screening,Youth-Led Community Discussion, & Art Competition

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The Power of Us - Free Screening and Youth-Led Community Conversation

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Many youth wonder whether or not they will inherit a world with clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, food that is safe to eat and wilderness left to explore. At a time when all these things are threatened by pollution and climate change, how do we support a healthy planet in the years to come? This movie and community conversation will delve into these questions.

FILM DESCRIPTION: 82-year-old retired Chicagoland engineer Jim Goodman and his wife Annie are alarmed about the ever more severe climate change crisis, and know their generation has failed to adequately address it. With the environmental clock ticking, the Goodmans enlist the aid of some equally concerned young people to unleash their creativity and usher in a new generation of climate change problem-solvers. Hear from young people who have been directly impacted by the effects of climate change, like Sean Newsom who survived the 2018 wildfires in Paradise, California, and those that are working to make a difference like Shreya Ramachandran, the high school senior who invented an innovative solution for reusing greywater to address water scarcity. With commentary from experts like Susan Casey-Lefkowitz of the National Resources Defense Council and astronaut and physicist John Grunsfeld, The Power of Us underscores the urgency of the climate crisis and shows the power of an intergenerational, collaborative movement to fight climate change, with youth leading the charge into the future.

POWER OF ART COMPETITION: Open to individuals 9 to 19 years old. 1-3 minute multimedia or one-page digital or digitally scanned arts project inspired by the impact of climate change. Your art project could be as simple as creating a short video of you or your friends and family members talking about why climate education is important; or what climate justice means to you. Or, your art project could be a digital poster showing both images of the impact of climate change as well as your hopes for a better future. Or, you can send in an audio recording of a spoken word poem or a song you have written about climate change. You decide. Due Jun 20th to our youth committee, one grand prize winner ($50 for self, $50 for charity of choice) and four silver medalists ($25 prize), honor awards to runners up. Please contact powerofartmmp@gmail.com with any questions.

This youth-organized event has been sponsored by South Seattle Climate Action and Mt Baker Meaningful Movies.


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