Hell or High Water

What’s Hot on the Climate Front

Environmental films showing at Peninsula College

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek

Thursday, March 5:  2 p.m., Peninsula College Longhouse.  Free.

Derrick Evans, the hero of this film, will be here from Boston to present the film and lead a discussion.

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek follows the painful but inspiring journey of Derrick Evans, a Boston teacher who moves home to coastal Mississippi when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfport. Over the course of a decade, Derrick and his neighbors stand up to powerful corporate interests and politicians and face Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster in their struggle for self-determination and environmental justice.

Double-feature on food and farming

Friday, March 6:  7 p.m., Maier Performance Hall.  $5 donations are encouraged.

Panel discussion after the films led by local area farmers; all proceeds will be donated to co-sponsor, the Port Angeles Food Bank.

The New Green Giants,  47 minutes.  Directed by Ted Remerowski (2013).

This documentary looks at some of the bigger questions surrounding organic food. Is it really healthier? Is it truly organic? Is it possible to grow from a mom-and-pop operation to become a huge supplier of major grocery chains? Is it actually sustainable? Is it realistic to think the world can be fed organically? The New Green Giants reveals the complex and controversial world of today’s organic food industry.

Also playing:  Big or Small? 29 minutes.  Directed by Alex Gabbay (2012).

Economies of scale suggests that bigger is better when it comes to feeding a hungry planet.  But there is a price to “big” that’s not factored in at the checkout counter and, as a consequence, a “small farmer” revolution is unfolding in many rich countries including the US. What’s the best method of growing food for a hungry population of 9.5 billion people? Big, or small?