Glacier Climate Action Glacier Climate Action, December 9, 2016

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Save the Date: 01/23/2017:  Climate Smart Glacier Country and National Parks Conservation Association will screen Leonardo Dicaprio’s film, Before the Flood, at the Whitefish O’Shaughnessy Theater on Monday, January 23, 7  p.m. Want to help organize or volunteer the day of the event?  Contact Nancy – nwoodruffmt at gmail dot com.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion focused on local climate solutions. Panelists include:

  • Whitefish Mayor John Muhlfeld will discuss his January appointment of a Whitefish Climate Action Planning Committee. The Whitefish City Council authorized the committee in December and charged it with two tasks: 1) Evaluate the City’s energy use and propose specific projects, benchmarks and other recommendations to conserve energy in the City; and 2) Propose actions to enhance community resilience and prepare for the effects of climate change.
  • Glacier National Park Deputy Superintendent Eric Smith will discuss the park’s sustainability initiatives and collaboration with Flathead Valley partners to address challenges related to climate change.
  • Whitefish School District Curriculum Director Ryder DeLaloye will discuss the district’s new Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship, currently under construction, and Green Ribbon Schools Initiative.

“Clean air, water and a livable climate are inalienable human rights. And solving this crisis is not a question of politics it is a question of our own survival. ” Leonardo DiCaprio, Academy Award®-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio,

“Climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future but, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.” Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General, United Nations

These were the messages that DiCaprio delivered to President-Elect Donald Trump when they met in December. Trump suggested a follow-up meeting in January and Leo said yes. Let”s hope that happens!

Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features  DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news.

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