“We’re hoping to get the next generation on board with this,” said Schereen. “They’re tomorrows leaders so we need to get them informed today.”
Schereen also noted that the subject matter of “Chasing Ice” had a very real relation to the area.
“Even though this film takes place … in far away places, it affects us the same,” said Schereen.
Kennedy pointed to the flooding that the area has experienced over the last few years, and the science linking climate change to changing weather patterns.
“For our area of New York State flooding is a huge concern,” said Kennedy.
She also noted that the conservation easements that the Otsego Land Trust manages are for perpetuity, and that changing climate will have an impact on these properties.
“Climate change will effect land that we put under easement,” said Kennedy, pointing to changes in food production, population shifts, and the availability of water as some effects to keep an eye on.
Following the April 18 screening, there will be a post film discussion with Kennedy on climate change, environmental ethics and conservation. Environmental ethics examines the ethical relationships that people have with land and water, and was the subject of Kennedy’s Ph.D. research.
“I’m not there to tell people what to do,” said Kennedy, who said that she plans to conduct the discussion in a largely hands off manner. “I want people to be engaged. I’m not going to stand up there and talk.”
“We would love to see action from this viewing,” said Schereen. “The general want (is) for people to live intentionally.”
Preregistration for the screening is not required, but is recommended, and can be done by calling 547-2366 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.