Luther to show ‘Heat’ documentary about global climate change

Recipient of a 2012 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award. One of eight colleges across the country to receive an "A" on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card.

Feb. 2, 2009

“Heat,” a two-hour PBS documentary facing the issue of global climate change, will be shown Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 102 of the F.W. Olin Building on the Luther campus.

The program, which coincides with Luther’s “Energy Evolution” conservation campaign held throughout the month of February, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

With dramatic changes in climate sparking disastrous weather patterns worldwide, “Heat” examines both corporate and governmental responses to Earth’s current environmental crisis. Following the showing, Luther professors Jim Martin-Schramm and Todd Pedlar will lead a discussion about the film.

“Heat” is part of the 2009 Sustainability Film Series planned by Luther’s Sustainability Coordinator, Caleb Mattison, in conjunction with Martin-Schramm and Pedlar who are teaching a Paideia II course called “Ethics, Energy, and Climate Policy.”

The film series is one of many initiatives on campus raising awareness about global climate change and the need to practice stewardship and environmental responsibility. Other films in the Sustainability Film Series are scheduled for March 18 and April 29.

Luther has visibly articulated the institution’s commitment to sustainability, both in the operational and campus and student life sectors. One of the goals in Luther’s new five-year strategic plan is to cut the college’s carbon footprint in half, ideally by 2011-12 when Luther celebrates its sesquicentennial.

“Global climate change is a crisis that many still cannot fathom. The cause is fossil fuels and the effects are wide-ranging, even catastrophic,” said Mattison.

“Until we are educated about the problem, it will be difficult or impossible to overcome. And this is one problem that we simply have to overcome if we want to pass this planet to our grandchildren.”

Already, Luther has reduced the campus carbon footprint by 15 percent and plans to continue investing in renewable energy systems to progress towards the college’s goal.