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Sustainability Awareness Month


October is Sustainability Month

SMCC's Sustainability Committee will host a month-long focus on film and discussion on a variety of relevant topics.

Please join us for this virtual film series in the month of October each week on Friday at 11am. We are dedicated to bringing awareness and dialogue towards solutions regarding climate change and human behavior. Sustainability begins with you. Share with friends, neighbors, and students. All are welcome to participate. Together we will make a difference!

Virtual Watch Party Schedule:
Azra Mahmood is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Sustainability Month Film Series
Time: Oct 8, 2021 11:00 AM
Every week on Fri, until Oct, 29, 2021

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 884 7515 1568
Passcode: 436656

October 8 at 11am
The Sun (49:06)

From the frozen poles to the searing deserts, this episode shows how animals have come up with strategies to survive the uneven amounts of sunlight that fall on our planet.

October 15 at 11am
Humans (49:52)

Earth is the only living world we know of, but a new force threatens our perfect planet. That force is us. Humans are changing our planet so rapidly, it’s affecting earth’s life support systems: our weather, our oceans and the living world. To understand what is going wrong, we must look to the past. Earth has been through at least five mass extinction events, most of which have been caused by cataclysmic volcanic eruptions. It’s not the lava or ash that wiped out life, but an invisible gas released by volcanoes: carbon dioxide. Through compelling animal-led stories and expert interviews, we discover how CO2 is destabilising our planet. We meet rescued orphaned elephants in Kenya, victims of ever worsening droughts, and join ocean patrols off the coast of Gabon fighting to save endangered sharks. In the Amazon, we witness wildlife teams saving animals in the shrinking forests, and in San Diego we enter a cryogenic zoo preserving the DNA of endangered species before they become extinct. Almost every part of modern life depends on energy created by burning fossil fuels, and this produces CO2 in huge amounts. Humans are now acting like a super-volcano, releasing carbon dioxide at an even greater rate than the prehistoric mega-eruptions that extinguished life in the past. Globally, we now release 100 times more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than all of Earth's volcanoes combined. The greatest change to be made is in how we create energy, and the planet is brimming with natural power that can help us do just that. It’s these forces of nature - the wind, the sun, waves and geothermal energy - that hold the key to our future.

October 22 at 11am
Food (54:42)

How do we harness energy to feed our growing population without the downsides of industrialization? FOOD traces a centuries-long journey across Europe, Asia, and the United States to show us the energy it takes to bring us our food.

October 29 at 11am
Rise of Vertical Farming (47:14)

Our food system is currently organized very inefficiently. Our food travels for many kilometers, uses an excessive amount of water, is wasted on a tremendous scale, and also contaminates the environment. And yet, the 7 billion residents of planet Earth—all mainly living in large cities—must be fed. In an attempt to achieve this in a sustainable manner, food production must, for the most part, be integrated into the urban infrastructure. Food flats and city agriculture are important alternatives for this.

Any questions please email Professor Azra Mahmood at