Center for Biological Diversity

Media Advisory, October 2, 2023

Contact:

Kelley Dennings, (919) 355-8102, KDennings@biologicaldiversity.org

Virtual Film Series Showcases Link Between Health, Capitalism

Film, Webinar Series Begins Oct. 5

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity will host an environmental and reproductive health film and webinar series every Thursday this fall beginning Oct. 5. The series will explore how capitalism harms the health of people and the planet.

The featured films are A Silent Transformation, Children of the Vine, We the Guinea Pigs and The Climate Baby Dilemma. Watch each film for free and then join the webinars on Thursdays for live discussions and Q&As with people from the films, frontline communities, and subject matter experts.

“These movies tell powerful stories that show the link between the health of our families and the health of the environment,” said Kelley Dennings, population and sustainability campaigner at the Center. “Those who watch them will walk away with a deeper understanding of how our extractive capitalist system hurts people and the planet.”

What: Environmental and Reproductive Health Film and Webinar Series, with a focus on our current extractive economy.

When: Every Thursday from Oct. 5 to Nov. 2

Where: Registration is required to view the films and attend the webinars. Sign up here.

Who: Alternative economy webinar speakers include:

  • Adoma Addo, former Center staff and co-author of the upcoming report, Alternative Economies: Uplifting Activities for a Sustainable Future.
  • Emily Kawano, coordinator at U.S. Solidarity Economy Network and co-director of Wellspring Cooperative Corporation.
  • Alison Dreith, director of strategic partnerships with Midwest Access Coalition, an abortion fund mutual aid organization.

Background

The Environmental and Reproductive Health Film and Webinar Series is a follow-up to the Center’s important 2022 report about inequity, reproductive harm, environmental pollution and capitalism.

The dates and times are as follows:

A Silent Transformation — film viewing Oct. 5–Oct. 12; webinar Oct. 12. The modern economy increasingly denies people basic amenities for a decent life. This documentary shows how the co-operative model is as critical as ever.

Children of the Vine — film viewing Oct. 12–Oct. 19; webinar Oct. 19. An unsettling investigation into the controversial herbicide Roundup and its impact on public health.

We the Guinea Pigs — film viewing Oct. 19–Oct. 26; webinar Oct. 26. As plastic has gained ground in society this film finds there is also an inexplicable increase in the number of diseases and disorders, from breast cancer to poor sperm quality.

The Climate Baby Dilemma — film viewing Oct. 26–Nov. 2; webinar Nov. 2. Explores the growing number of Gen-Z and millennials who are refusing to bring a child into an increasingly unstable world because of climate change or struggling with the question of whether they should.

Each film is available to view for free for a week. Webinars will take place at 4 p.m. PT/ 7 p.m. ET.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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