On Nov. 1, the MNSU Zoology Club is hosting a free screening of “Before the Flood,” a documentary that educates the public on climate change, in Ostrander Auditorium. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the film will begin at 7:45 p.m.
The club will follow the film showing with a panel discussion, where the audience can participate in discussion with climate change experts. If that’s not enough of an incentive, there will be free popcorn available while supplies last!
“Before the Flood” is sponsored by National Geographic, produced by Martin Scorsese, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio initially had the idea for this film and requested to collaborate with documentarian Fisher Stevens. He knows that time is of the essence with issues of climate change, because people must be educated so they can care for the Earth properly and keep it safe for generations to come.
DiCaprio visits all five continents and the Arctic in this film, delving into issues such as fossil fuels, methane gas, palm oil, and the geopolitical landscape, as well as the U.S. political landscape. DiCaprio seeks wisdom along his way from world-renowned scientists and political faces as well as normal, everyday citizens concerned about their planet. The film features appearances by Barack Obama, Pope Francis, and many others.
The Zoology Club believes it is very important for the public to view this film and act on what they learn.
Taylor Heid, a senior in zoology at MNSU and president of the Zoology Club, said, “I believe change happens by educating one another and taking action. Climate change is a critical topic being discussed today, but is a complex issue. Many don’t realize every individual makes an impact, and hopefully this event can help people understand what climate change is and encourage them to begin taking action in their daily lives.”
The Zoology Club knows what it means to take action in their daily lives. They meet biweekly on Mondays at 7 p.m. in Trafton C314, where they discuss an important topic about animals and the environment.
This year, they have been involved with Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society (BENCHS), making cat blankets and toys for the animals. They also participated in the Sibley Park cleanup on Sept. 10. In the coming month, they’re planning a trip to the Minnesota Zoo along with the Field Ecology and Fisheries Clubs. They’re also always in search of community service events at which to volunteer. Interested students can find more information about the club and their events on the club Facebook page: “MNSU Zoology Club.”
Heid encourages all students and faculty to come attend this free screening and to spread the word among their friends and college clubs. RSVPs are appreciated on the Facebook event, “Before the Flood Free Screening.”
The more people who come to watch, the more people will be inspired to change the patterns of their daily life and create a healthier, safer world.