What: Film screening of The Island President followed by a webinar with the film's director, former UN Deputy Representative to Maldives, and executive director and Cofounder of 350.org.
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On April 17, Oberlin College is taking part in Bard's Center for Environmental Policy nationwide screening of the powerful film The Island President. The film will be followed by a live webinar with the film director Jon Shenk, former UN Deputy Permanent Representative to the Maldives Thilmeeza Hussain, and May Boeve, executive director and cofounder of 350.org. Eban Goodstein, director of Bard CEP, will moderate the webinar discussion.
The Island President links the struggle for democracy and human rights with the fight to stabilize the climate. This is the exact challenge facing us here in the United States. We can seize the moment to tackle climate change. President Obama said it clearly in his State of the Union address, "We can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science and act before it's too late."
Short synopsis: Jon Shenk’s The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced— the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after 30 years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1,200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable. The Island President captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly.
Oberlin's event is sponsored by Oberlin Shansi and the Office of Environmental Sustainability, in conjunction with Ecolympics.