Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Another vital film in Salem, thanks to SPFS

A Sea Change

A Sea Change documents how the pH balance of the oceans has changed dramatically since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution: a 30% increase in acidification. With near unanimity, scientists now agree that the burning of fossil fuels is fundamentally reshaping ocean chemistry. Experts predict that over the next century, steady increases in carbon dioxide emissions and the continued rise in the acidity of the oceans will cause most of the world's fisheries to experience a total bottom-up collapse--a state that could last for millions of years.

A Sea Change broadens the discussion about the dramatic changes we are seeing in the chemistry of the oceans, and conveys the urgent threat those changes pose to our survival, while surveying the steps we can take to reduce the severity of climate change. The film's protagonist Sven Huseby asks how will he explain to his oldest grandchild, Elias, what is happening to the oceans and their eco-systems. It is both a personal journey and a scientifically rigorous, sometimes humorous, unflinchingly honest look at reality. It offers positive examples of new technologies and effective changes in human behavior that we all must choose before the oceans are lost.

Guest Speakers:
Burke Hales, Associate Professor in the College of Oceanic and
Atmospheric Sciences at OSU.
George Waldbusser, Assistant Professor in the College of Oceanic and
Atmospheric Sciences at OSU

Films website: www.aseachange.net
Grand Prize, Feature Documentary, FICA International Environmental Film
Festival, Goias, Brazil
Best Coastal Film, Cottonwood Creek Environmental Film Festival
Best Nordic Country Documentary, Polar Film Festival, Finland
Green Docs Award, Kosovo International Documentary Film Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
Blue Ocean Film Festival
Woods Hole Film Festival
Bioneers Moving Image Film Festival
Southern Appalachian International Film Festival

For more information about the event: 503-588-8713 or 503-779-5288