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Batavia to draw climate experts to Green Night at the Movies expo

BATAVIA – The ninth annual A Green Night Out at the Movies will feature a free documentary, “The Wisdom to Survive,” presented by the Batavia Environmental Commission on March 11 at the government center.

Free popcorn and beverages will be available, and there will be an expo of local eco groups and businesses, and a discussion about climate change afterward, a news release stated.

The film looks at climate change and explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life-support system of the planet, the social fabric of society, and the lives of billions of people, the release stated. The film features leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality, who discuss how people can take action in the face of climate disruption.

“In the current contentious political atmosphere surrounding climate change, we felt it was important to find a movie this year that tackles this topic and, crucially, also discusses what we need to do about it,” event organizer Carolyn Burnham said in the release.

After the movie, Emma Cole of the Batavia Environmental Commission will moderate a panel discussion.

“We are especially excited about our panel discussion this year,” Burnham said.

Taking part will be Ross Powell, a research professor in the Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences at Northern Illinois University. His research focuses on glacial, ice sheet, sediment and ocean interactions, and in unraveling past ice sheet and climate cycles to better understand future trends.

Reed Scherer is a professor of micropaleontology and biostratigraphy at NIU, where he is also associate director at the Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy. Scherer’s research has taken him around the globe and beneath the Antarctic ice sheet

Earl Silbar, a retired teacher, has been an activist since the mid-1960s, beginning with civil rights and anti-Vietnam war campaigns. He is active with Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice, where he works on a campaign to raise the minimum wage and establish paid sick time for workers in Elgin.

Deni Mathews is a Climate Reality Project presenter and co-chairs the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Fox Valley chapter, which lobbies Congress to put a price on carbon and return revenues to U.S. households. She chairs Save Our Illinois Land, which works to oppose fossil fuel infrastructure.

“If you have questions or concerns about climate change, this is an event you don’t want to miss,” Burnham stated.

The event is presented by the Batavia Environmental Commission and Confident Aire, and sponsored by The Resiliency Institute, Wasco Nursery, Marsh Products and Kane County Progressives. Additional supporters include the Batavia Park District, the Boy Scouts Three Fires Council and the Batavia Bicycle Commission.

If you go

What: Panel of climate experts on hand for Green Night Out at the Movies

When: 6 p.m. eco fair March 11, followed by film at 7 p.m. and panel

Where: City Hall Council Chambers, Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave., Batavia

Cost: Free

Info: and

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