Newport Energy Film Fest/Kolbert lecture tonight

Two environmental events of interest:

Newport, RI -- On Thursday, October 11,  Sierra Club is teaming up with the Jane Pickens Theater to bring you a humorous, light-hearted series of films that address smart energy solutions to global warming and energy independence. Find out how we all have a role to play by becoming part of the 2% Solution.


Participants will have opportunities to sign Sierra Club's Cool Cities petition.


What: Newport Energy Film Festival

When: Thursday, October 11, 2007

          Doors open at 6:00 pm

Where: Jane Pickens Theater

           49 Touro Street, Newport, Rhode Island

Visuals: Petition signing tables staffed by volunteers; Speech bubble for photo petition; Pyramid of savings - a pyramid of free compact flourescent lightbulbs



This hilarious special celebrates life on Earth by taking aim at one of our planet's most serious problems: global warming, and features comedy luminaries such as Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller and Jack Black, as well as Tom Hanks, Robert Kennedy, Jr., and nearly a dozen others. (90 minutes)



This film portrays Martha's Vineyard's successful effort to implement sustainable energy solutions through the use of solar power. (16 minutes)



Filmmaker Jeff Barrie takes viewers on a journey from the coal mines of West Virginia to the solar panel fields of Florida, as he discovers solutions to America's energy related problems. (38 minutes)



Taken for a Ride reveals the tragic and little known story of an auto and oil industry campaign, led by General Motors, to buy and dismantle streetcar lines. Across the nation, tracks were torn up, sometimes overnight, and diesel buses placed on city streets. (55 minutes)

Meanwhile, also in Newport:

Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1999, visited top scientists and traveled from Alaska to Greenland to get to the heart of the debate over global warming. She will discuss her experiences as part of Salve Regina University’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy’s “Ideas into Action” lecture series on Thursday, Oct. 11.


Kolbert will present “Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change” at 6 p.m. in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center, Ochre Point Avenue. The lecture will be based on her book of the same name, which grew out of a groundbreaking three-part series, “The Climate of Man,” published in The New Yorker during the spring of 2005.


During the lecture, Kolbert will discuss her recent book, explore how the environment can be brought into the consciousness of the American people and ask what, if anything, can be done to save the planet.


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Seating for the lecture is limited and reservations can be made by calling 341- 2927 or e-mailing

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