Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Living Downstream is an eloquent and cinematic documentary. The film follows Sandra during one pivital year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links.
Center for Energy and Environmental Education
Ricardo Salvador, program officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will discuss the links between community health, food, soil, water, and the system of food and agriculture we currently have but should change if we wish to be healthier.
Occupy CEEE for a couple of hours will involve 30-minute sessions and discussions on the following topics:
Food democracy: You know your doctor, your know your dentist, do you know your farmer? (Kamyar Enshayan, CEEE)
"Job-killing regulations?": Understanding laws & regulations that protect life on Earth (Laura Jackson, biology dept.)
Energize Cedar Valley: Service learning opportunities in energy conservation and efficiency (Ashley Wolter, CEEE)
Other topics related to CEEE's work will be offered depending on interests expressed.
Dr. Maureen McCue, Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility will speak on these topics: "Coal and Your Health," "Local Energy Transition: A Look at the Options," and "Building the Political Will to Transition to Renewable Energy in the Cedar Valley."
The first full-length, high definition documentary ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, Green Fire shares highlights from an extraordinary career, explaning how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold's vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire current projects across the country and around the world.
Dr. Mary Skopec, Iowa DNR, will provide a historical perspective of Iowa's water quality including the main drivers and forces that have resulted in our current water quality situation.
In 2009, filmmaker Josh Fox learned his home in the Delaware River Basin was on top of a rock formation containing natural gas that stretches across New York and Pennsylvania. He was offered $100,000 to lease his land for a new method of drilling developed by Halliburton and soon discovered this was only a part of a 34-state drilling campaign, the largest natural gas drilling boom in history.
State Senator Rob Hogg and Raki Giannakourus of Green Dubuque speak about the need for advocacy and action on climate change.
The University of Northern Iowa, Black Hawk Soil & Water Conservation District, Iowa NRCS, and the Cedar River Watershed Coalition are pleased to host Ray Archuleta of USDA-NRCS, aka “The Soils Guy,” for a public presentation & field day.
•Hear about the benefits of building soil health with cover crops and other practices
•Learn how the Dry Run Creek watershed is partnering with area farmers to improve water quality