If you could know the truth about the threat of climate change — would you want to know? Before the Flood, presented by National Geographic, features Leonardo DiCaprio on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace, traveling to five continents and the Arctic to witness climate change firsthand. He goes on expeditions with scientists uncovering the reality of climate change and meets with political leaders fighting against inaction. He also discovers a calculated disinformation campaign orchestrated by powerful special interests working to confuse the public about the urgency of the growing climate crisis. With unprecedented access to thought leaders around the world, DiCaprio searches for hope in a rising tide of catastrophic news. March 21, 2018, at Rice Media Center. 6:30 PM conversation, networking, and a light meal; 7:00 PM screening. Free to the public, though donations are kindly appreciated. Learn more on the Facebook event page.
The Houston Green Film Series was launched in 2010 by a coalition of non-profit, grassroots, environmental organizations. The purpose of this coalition is to bring awareness to the environmental crisis through the visual arts by presenting films with an environmental focus to the Houston community. In addition to showing an environmental film, a panel of experts is invited to lead a proactive discussion with the audience about the topic at hand.
The founding organizations are the US Green Building Council Emerging Professionals, Air Alliance Houston, Transition Houston, the Rice University Environmental Club and Houston Tomorrow. In 2013, the Green Building Resource Center joined the coalition. In 2017, the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition (@cechouston) joined the leadership team of the Houston Green Film Series.
The Environmental Protection Agency is conducting the National Rivers and Streams Assessment in the
summer of 2018 to assess the condition of the nation’s flowing waters. The Environmental Institute of Houston
at the University of Houston-Clear Lake has been contracted to sample sites across Texas for this assessment. UHCL EIH is currently recruiting 2-4 positions to assist with field sampling from May 16 to September 28, 2018; starting and ending dates can be flexible depending upon school schedule. All work will be based out of Houston, TX, but extensive travel is required to conduct field work in wadeable and boatable rivers and
streams. This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable field experience in assessing physical habitat, measuring stream flow, collecting water samples, sampling aquatic invertebrates, quantifying fish assemblages, and collecting fish tissue samples. For more information, visit www.uhcl.edu/environmental-institute.
Join the CEC at Saint Arnold Brewing Company on Sunday, May 20, 2018, from 4 PM to 6 PM for the Stump the Treehugger Environmental Trivia Contest. Sponsored by the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, this second annual environmental trivia contest will stimulate and challenge all area tree-huggers (as well as budding ones). Think & Drink for the Planet!
Teams of eight players each will compete in nine rounds of earthy trivia, answering eco-centric questions in the following categories:
- Enviro 101
- Plants and Agriculture
- Animals and Wildlife
- Human Footprint
- Politics, Government, and Eco-Justice
- Global Issues
Both individuals and entire teams of eight are welcome to sign up for the contest (individuals will be assigned to a team). We hope to see you there!