Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Switzer Foundation-sponsored Workshop at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 4:30pm






City Hall, 317 Broad Street, Nevada City, CA

The Switzer Foundation will sponsor a workshop at South Yuba River Citizens League's Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, CA.  Our workshop, "The Most Urgent Untold Environmental Stories of Our Time," will highlight Switzer Fellows as scientists and leaders presenting their work in emerging or key issue areas.

Workshop summary:

What are the most urgent environmental stories that remain untold?  Do today’s leading scientists and environmental leaders see things differently than the general public?  Join Switzer Foundation Executive Director Lissa Widoff as she presents a first look at findings from a survey of  Switzer Fellows - nearly 600 leaders from the non-profit, public policy, business, academic and government sectors working to solve today’s environmental challenges.   Our panel will compare results from a second, public survey and look at solutions as well as problems. If you are a filmmaker, activist, or just a concerned citizen of planet earth, if you are looking for a good story or are in need of a scientist to help tell it, this session will provide insight into the lesser-told stories of future environmental concern. The session will include short presentations and interactive discussion.

Moderator and Speakers:

Lissa Widoff, Executive Director, Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation (1992 Switzer Fellow)

Dustin Mulvaney, PhD, Assistant Professor, San Jose State University (2004 Switzer Fellow):  The surprising role that U.S. public plands play in energy production.

Sue Chiang, Pollution Prevention Director and Healthy Energy Campaign Director at Center for Environmental Health (1997 Switzer Fellow):  The latest dangers and issues concerning hydraulic fracturing in California and nationally.

Margaret Torn, Program Head of Climate Change and Carbon Sciences Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (1990 Switzer Fellow):  New research from LBNL  - threats to the Arctic and why we can fix it.

Frances Moore, PhD, Ciriacy-Wantrup Fellow at UC Berkeley Dept. of Agriculture and Resource Economics (2009 Switzer Fellow):  How we value the future from a climatologist's perspective.

Click here for a full schedule of events at the Film Festival.

For attending Switzer Fellows:  We will host a social gathering immediately after the workshop (location to be announced).  Fellows attending the workshop will receive a discounted price on tickets to the Film Festival and other benefits.

Fellows interested in attending, please contact Lissa Widoff for more information.  

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