Urban Issues Film Festival

For the fourth year in a row, the Department of Geography at Vancouver Island University – in tandem with the North Island chapter of the Planning Institute of British Columbia,  Solutions: A Sustainability Network, and the New City Institute – are presenting the annual Urban Issues Film Festival from 3 to 10 pm on Friday, February 5, 2010. Featured films will include The Street, How to Boil A Frog, and a number of short films on energy, transportation, and building alternatives.

In addition to panelists on local initiatives around sustainability, the featured speaker and Don Stone lecturer on urban issues will be Dr. Andrew Weaver of the University of Victoria. Dr. Weaver is one of the world’s leading experts on climate change and a leading author of several of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that have helped focus global world opinion on the severity of global warming. As a result the IPCC was awarded, along with former vice-president Al Gore, a Nobel Prize for its efforts. Dr. Weaver is also the author of the recently published book Keeping Our Cool. Dr. Weaver, who will be speaking at the film festival venue at 6:30 pm, will address the aftermath of the Copenhagen negotiations, Canada’s role, and the lessons for cities as major agents of climate change.

The films will start at 3 pm and will continue after Dr. Weaver’s talk, to conclude with a brief panel discussion by local sustainability practitioners. This event will be held in building 200, room 203 (auditorium) at Vancouver Island University, Nanaimo. The paid parking area is accessible from Fourth Street ($1/2/3 for 2/4/9 hours). Festival admission is free and complementary pizza, popcorn, and beverages will be served at 6 pm. To ensure adequate food quantities, registration is required.