Environmental film “This Changes Everything” at the Loft





THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 AT 7:00PM | REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E., Speedway Blvd. Tucson

Featuring a post-film panel discussion with Luis Alberto Perales of Tierra y Libertad, Bob Cook of Sustainable Tucson and Diana Liverman of UA Institute of the Environment.

Co-presented by UA Institute of the EnvironmentSustainable TucsonSierra ClubTierra y Libertad, and Tucson Climate Action Network.

This presentation is part of Science on Screen at The Loft, an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloane Foundation. (info from Loft website below)

What if confronting the climate change crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? Filmed in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change.

Directed by journalist/filmmaker Avi Lewis (The Take), and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller of the same name, the film presents seven portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggles is Naomi Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. (Dir. by Avi Lewis, 2015, USA, 89 mins., Not Rated)

Luis Alberto Perales is a native son of the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. He is the son of an immigrant mother and an 5th generation Tejano father. His rural upbringing along the U.S./Mexico borderlands is the backdrop to his intimate relationship with land and cultural preservation. A transplant to Tucson, AZ and the Sonoran Desert, Luis has spent over a decade in the Old Pueblo. He is a Transformative Educator at Changemaker High School, a doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona, a two-time alum of the UA Department of Mexican American Studies, a two-time Export Fellow, and Green for All Fellow. For over ten years, he has directed his energies to the support and development of youth and their community. His expertise has led him to train and develop young people in the areas of health promotion, cultural preservation, and environmental sustainability. A true testament to his desire to meet community need is his role as co-founder and community organizer of Tierra Y Libertad Organization (TYLO), a grassroots organization that works for positive social change and for the respect of land, people, and culture. His leadership and dedication to this work has lead to the creation of the Barrio Sustainability Project, a community development endeavor dedicated to organizing the South Side Tucson community around the need for a model of urban green living and self sufficiency that is socially relevant and culturally based.
Bob Cook has wide-ranging community-related planning experience working in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.  He is President of NEST, Inc, a non-profit community development organization operating in Tucson since 1989.  As a strategic planner for Pima Community College during the 1990s, Bob coordinated strategic and master planning during the institution’s rapid growth phase.  As a sustainability advocate, he served on the City of Tucson’s Cost of Growth Task Force; actively participated in the regional natural building movement; contributed to the early development of  Civano — Tucson’s Solar Village — as past-chair of the Tucson-Pima Metropolitan Energy Commission; promoted multi-modal transportation and transit-oriented development as Treasurer of the 2003 Citizens Transportation Initiative ballot measure; was committee chair of the local Sierra Club’s 2009 Climate Change Plan; and served on the 2008-10 Tucson-Pima Regional Water and Wastewater Study Committee.  Bob co-founded Sustainable Tucson in 2006 and currently serves on the Pima County Planning & Zoning Commission. Bob co- authored two books in 1975 on 1) environmental design and planning and 2) large-scale renewable energy development; graduated with distinction in economics from the University of Arizona; and received an M.S. in Systems Planning under a Dean’s Fellowship from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  He was granted two U.S Patents on building structures and has been an active resident of Tucson since 1960.
Diana Liverman focuses on environmental issues and the human dimensions of global environmental change, especially the social causes and consequences of climate change. Diana studies the fate of the disadvantaged and disempowered in a changing climate – the poor, women, children, and other species – and more generally the political ecology of global environmental change.
She is the co-director of the Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona and holds a faculty appointment as a Regents professor in the School of Geography and Development. Diane is also affiliated with the Environmental Change Institute and Linacre College at Oxford University in the UK. Over her career she has taught at Oxford, Penn State and the University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).

Science on Screen is designed to pair thought-provoking films, old and new, with insightful contextual discussions with local experts and academics to create illuminating and entertaining programming that will bring the exciting world of science alive on the big screen. Made possible by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation.