From the importance of recycling to the harsh reality of industrial coal, ECU Pirates for Sustainability's Film and Discussion Series harbors a critical message for viewers.
The ECU Pirates for Sustainability hosts a Sustainability Film and Discussion Series to educate locals on the importance of environmental sustainability.
“This is a free monthly film series, strives to lend a voice to environmental sustainability and climate change issues affecting our community,” Chad Carwein, ECU’s Sustainability Manager, said. “The documentary films range in topics from consumerism to waste, agriculture to water, and transportation to energy.”
This is the second year the Pirates for Sustainability will host this series. This year’s showings will kick off with “From the Ashes: What is the true cost of coal?” tonight at 6:30 in the Willis Building Auditorium. This film will cover the coal industry in the United States and explore how coal use affects climate change and offers a look at how struggling coal towns can thrive in other ways.
“I think these are great showings to have, especially for things that we often take for granted as Americans,” Matthew Worthington, an ECU student majoring in biology, said. “ I feel as if some of these issues are often overlooked at in working class America and it’s important for us to understand what we are dealing with.”
Two of the films the club will be showing over the course of the fall semester are “Under Contract”, a film about how American farmers are exploited by corporations, and “Landfill Harmonic”, a more light-hearted film about a Paraguayan group that uses recycled materials as instruments.
Jeff Mattern, a UNC Wilmington film major, said he thinks more universities should follow what the Pirates for Sustainability Club is doing.
“When people see things first hand, their perspectives can change,” Mattern said. “Hopefully when people see documentaries like the ones being shown, it will have an impact on them in some way.”
Carwein said that is exactly what the members of Pirates for Sustainability plan on doing with this film series.
“The overall goal of this monthly film series is to teach students to understand the impacts that human civilization is having on the natural world,” Carwein said. “And to use this knowledge to teach others as well as to take action to start reducing their own impacts.”