Sustainability Film Series
The City of Lafayette, Louisville, Town of Superior, and City and County of Broomfield are hosting a virtual and free Sustainability Film Series. Four films will be screened over the course of four months, April – July, covering topics such as plastic pollution, climate change, water conservation, and youth activism.
After each screening, there will be a post-film discussion featuring a local expert on the topic at hand and moderated by each sponsoring city.
Virtual films will be shown monthly
Third Thursdays of every month: April - July
In-person watch party location
A watch party will be hosted for each film at Lafayette at Confluence Small Business Collective. Popcorn will be offered.
Confluence Small Business Collective
75 Waneka Parkway, Lafayette CO, 80026
2023 Sustainability Film Series
Space is limited for each film. Register to secure your virtual attendance.
- "Youth v Gov" - Apr. 20
- "Ice on Fire" - May 18
- "Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story" - Jun. 15
- "Going Circular" - Jul. 20
"Youth v Gov" - April 20, 2023
Youth v Gov is the story of 21 young Americans (including youth from Colorado) taking on the world’s most powerful government in a revolutionary lawsuit that claims the federal government willingly contributed to the climate crisis over six decades. The plaintiffs are not in search of monetary retribution, but a plan and commitment to stop climate change. These young Americans, if successful, will not only make history but change the trajectory and future of our planet. Witness the power of the younger generation and learn more about how to support their efforts to fight climate change.
There will be a post-film discussion led by youth activist Leala Lakota Pourier. Leala Pourier is an Indigenous Environmental Activist. She is Oglala Lakota and Cheyenne River. They do a lot of work educating others on the impacts that climate change has on Indigenous communities.
"Ice on Fire" - May 18, 2023
Can we reverse climate change? Ice on Fire, executive produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, explores the many ways we reduce carbon inputs to the atmosphere and, more important, how to "draw" carbon down, bringing CO2 out of the atmosphere and thus paving the way for global temperatures to decrease. Through interviews with visionaries and scientists, the film captures the crisis while offering hope that climate change can be mitigated and global warming reversed. And just as we figure out drawdown, we face an added complexity - the release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas in the arctic that is now entering the atmosphere. As the film says: "Is it game over? Or is it game on? As we have at hand, the ability, the capacity, and solutions that can reverse global warming...not mitigate, not reduce, not stabilize, but reverse.”
There will be a post-film discussion led by Tim Broderick, Senior Sustainability Strategist for Boulder County’s Office of Sustainability, Climate Action and Resilience. Tim works with county leadership in the development of strategic climate planning and visioning for the department. He is responsible for managing the nature-based solutions (NbS) and circular economy team, setting policy and program direction to improve ecosystem health and decarbonize supply chains.
"Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story" - June 15, 2023
We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines, and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of food waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their fridge. After hearing of the billions of dollars of good food that are tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking.
There will be a post-film discussion led by a regional food waste reduction leader. Stay tuned for more information.
"Going Circular" - July 20, 2023
Going Circular focuses on “circularity” or ways to alter our economic systems and eliminate waste to live within planetary boundaries. The documentary follows four different visionaries from around the world, and how their experiences altered the way they think about humanity’s future. Through the profound transformations of these individuals, the film offers concrete approaches and solutions that individuals, communities, and governments can use for transitioning to a circular society.
There will be a post-film discussion led by a regional zero-waste leader. Stay tuned for more information.
A special thanks to the Lafayette Sustainability and Resilience Committee, the Louisville Sustainability Advisory Board, the Advisory Committee for Environmental Sustainability for Superior, and the Advisory Committee for Environmental Sustainability of Broomfield.
2021-2022 Sustainability Film Series
Space is limited for each film. Register to secure your attendance.
- "A Plastic Ocean" - Nov. 18
- "Youth Unstoppable" - Dec. 16
- "The Great Divide" - Jan. 20
- "2040" - Feb. 17
Billions upon billions of plastics circulate in the ocean today. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic entered the ocean in 2010. Coloradans don’t have to live next to an ocean to protect it; we can protect our waterways from our daily choices here in Colorado.
There will be a post-film discussion led by Vicki Nichols Goldstein, Executive Director of the Inland Ocean Coalition.
For 10 years, Vicki was the Executive Director of Save Our Shores and addressed a multitude of issues including sustainable seafood, marine protected areas, and plastic pollution. After moving to Colorado, Vicki founded the Inland Ocean Coalition, whose mission is to create an inland movement that builds land-to-sea stewardship. Vicki brings her experience of ocean protection, networking, and the belief that community-based ocean conservation can occur in any place and that people can make a positive contribution to ocean protection in our inland communities.
"Youth Unstoppable" takes us inside the rise of the Global Youth Climate Movement. Slater Jewell-Kemker was 15 when she began documenting the untold stories of youth on the front lines of climate change refusing to let their futures slip away. Over the course of 12 years and set against stunning visuals of a planet in crisis, "Youth Unstoppable" follows the evolution of a diverse network of youth rising up to shape the world in which they will live.
The film was generously donated by the Walking Mountains Science Center.
We're excited to announce that Slater Jewell-Kemker, Director of Youth Unstoppable, will join local students in the post-film discussion.
"The Great Divide" - Jan. 20
The Great Divide raises public understanding and appreciation of Colorado's water heritage while inspiring personal responsibility and informed discussion concerning the vital challenge confronting the state and region with increasing urgency - forging collaborative solutions for managing this most precious resource for a prosperous and sustainable future.
The Ancient Puebloan cultures and the gold rush origins of Colorado water law to agriculture, dams, diversions, and conservation; the film reveals today's critical need to cross "The Great Divide," replacing conflict with cooperation.
"2040" - Feb. 17
Director Damon Gameau, “embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatized sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.”
The film will be followed by a post-film discussion with one of the country's foremost sustainability experts, Angie Fyfe, Executive Director of ICLEI.