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April 18, 2013

Sparking a change

Earth Port organizers hope films motivate, prompt action

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“Many of our films this year are focused on people who are directly involved in addressing one aspect or another of climate change,” Marcus said. “Many of the films are about people who are taking action in other countries. There is a man in China who is monitoring the industrial discharge of toxins in the air and in the water.

“There is a young woman from Massachusetts, actually, who is involved in a movement called The Witness Project, where young people have filed suit against their governments, whether it be state or national, saying that they have a right to clean air and clean water,” she added. “My hope would be, that in seeing how other people are engaged, it might spark in someone the desire to be engaged or to learn more (themselves).”

A pre-show reception will be held at 6 p.m. and the films will begin at 7. Numerous local environmentally conscious companies will participate.

“What we hope to accomplish is to have people become more aware of the issues around climate change,” Hayden said. “We have a film from Fiji (this year) and we’ve had films from Canada (in the past). When you do see these pieces from all over the world, it does bring some recognition to the fact that maybe there is something global going on here.”

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