Environmental films and sustainability discussion at Greenstar

The Space @ Greenstar will host back-to-back screenings of the environmental zombie short “Frac Attack: Dawn of the Watershed” (18 min.) and the feature documentary “Empowered: Power from the People” (1 hr. 16 min.), which highlights the many ways that Tompkins County residents have embraced renewable energy from wind and solar, to geothermal and biodiesel, April 30 at 6:30-9:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Greenstar Cooperative Market and takes place in partnership with Earth Day Ithaca and Cornell Cooperative Extension's Go Solar Tompkins program.

The films will be followed by a panel discussion on the topic of sustainability and how it intersects with movements for social change such as Black Lives Matter and the fight against the Dakota Access and Keystone pipelines. Moderated by Shira Evergreen, director of both films, panelists include Don Barber, former town supervisor of the Town of Caroline; Lexie Hain of Black Oak Wind Farm; Guillermo Metz of Cornell Cooperative Extension; Fabina Colon of the Multicultural Resource Center; Annie Koreman, candidate for Tompkins County Legislature District 5; Lily Gershon of the Dacha Project; and McKenzie Jones.

Shira Evergreen, director of both films, noted, “In all movements for social and environmental justice, it takes a combination of strategies to create positive change. The arts, and films specifically, are powerful tools to reach people at an emotional level, and it’s our hope that Frac Attack and Empowered continue to inspire people who might not have otherwise gotten involved to start asking questions and taking action.”

This event will provide the community an opportunity to review how far it has come in the transition to a renewable energy future and to look ahead to further collaborative efforts on a spectrum of fundamental social issues.

Tickets will be $10 suggested donation and free for kids. Refreshments will be available.