by Mary Lou Neighbor, AV Librarian/Assistant Professor
Monday, April 22nd is Earth Day, and the Audiovisual Library will have a table at the downtime (12:30-1:30 p.m.) event displaying our dozens of DVDs on environmental issues. There will also be a link to a bibliography of the DVDs available to students, staff, and faculty who would like to follow up. If you would like to see what films we have, go to: http://bit.ly/mc3ecofilms After downtime, the films will be on display for the week in the Library.
One of the films in the Audiovisual Library that has been in the collection since 2010 is “Gasland,” which is being shown at the Central Campus on Monday, April 29th, at 12:30 p.m. in CH 144, and available to West Campus at the same time in SH 221. The filmmaker, Josh Fox, will discuss the film following the screening.
The film examines hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking.” In 2009, Josh Fox learned that his home in the Delaware River Basin was on top of the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation containing natural gas that stretches across New York, Pennsylvania, and huge stretches of the Northeast. He was offered $100,000 to lease his land for the new method of natural gas drilling. The film documents Josh’s cross-country odyssey to find out if the controversial process of fracking is actually safe. He traveled to 24 states to interview families, EPA whistleblowers, congressmen and scientists. He unearthed a shocking story about a practice that is understudied and inadequately regulated. You will want to see this film to become better informed about this practice.
So, please come and visit our AV Library table in the conference room near the cafeteria at downtime on Earth Day, Monday, the 22nd. And please come and the Library during the week to check out DVDs on environmental issues, which will be on display!