CLEMSON — Clemson University’s Strom Thurmond Institute and forestry and environmental conservation department will host a free film screening of the new documentary “Before The Flood,” followed by a discussion with former U.S. Rep. Bob Inglis at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Self Auditorium.

Before Flood promotional poster.The documentary, directed by Fisher Stevens, follows Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio on his two-year quest to understand global climate change and human impact on climate change. DiCaprio traveled the world investigating important environmental issues by talking with scientists, researchers, locals and politicians. In his estimation, and based upon much of the advice given from the individuals he met, the planet is reaching a critical point in addressing this issue in practical, meaningful ways.

“It is a wonderfully made film that addresses environmental issues comprehensively and realistically. A must-watch for all, especially those interested in the environment and sustainability,” said Adam Coates, Ph.D. candidate in forestry and environmental conservation.

After the film, Inglis will join in the discussion on climate change and environmental sustainability. Inglis originally denied climate change at the time of his second campaign, but at his son’s prompting, he traveled the world. His travels convinced him that he needed to re-evaluate his position on the topic. As a Republican, he now leads a group called RepublicEN, advocating for investment in alternative forms of energy and energy-related business investments to curb the negative impacts of climate change. He has given  TED Talks and has been featured on the Showtime/National Geographic documentary series, “Years of Living Dangerously.”

“I wanted to host this event because I believe students need to be informed about this topic,” said Coates. “During this election year, most of the debates, commercials and media coverage have failed to address this issue. I believe that is very unfortunate, sad and unacceptable. Although we may not experience the direct effects of climate change on a daily basis, many individuals in other parts of the world are beginning to experience the pressures this issue will place upon their livelihood and health. I believe this event will create conscious dialogue and consideration among those that attend.”

View the trailer here: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/before-the-flood/videos/before-the-flood-trailer/.

For more information, contact Coates at coatest@clemson.edu 864-633-0249.

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