The Xavier University Women’s Center and the Office of International Student Services are bringing The Climate Change and Water Film Festival to Xavier University on Sunday, March 22, 2009 at the Schiff Conference Center at Cintas Center. The festival will be from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Admission is free of charge and open to the public. You are welcome to come for all or part of the event. The Festival, a project of the Charter of Human Responsibilities (CHR) and Global Citizens for Sustainable Development (GCSD), will visit nine university and college campuses across the U.S. this spring.
The Charter of Human Responsibilities, an international project promoting action on our individual and collective responsibilities to one another and the planet, is partnering with Global Citizens for Sustainable Development to bring the film festival to the U.S. GCS organized the first water film festival in India as a complement to activities of the World Youth Water Alliance.
“This initiative highlights the importance of contextualizing climate change and water accessibility within a framework of gender inequalities,” says Jennifer Wies, PhD, director of the Women’s Center. “It is also an amazing testament to the power women possess globally to redress those inequalities.”
Nina Gregg, U.S. Coordinator of CHR and Anugraha John, founder and Executive Director of GCSD will visit each campus hosting the festival. Gregg will lead a workshop on the Charter of Human Responsibilities and John will make a presentation on water issues and youth activism in Asia.
In addition to sponsorship from Xavier University, CHR and GCSD, the festival is supported through the generosity of the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation, Television Trust for the Environment, and the China-India Forum. Additional films have been donated by Sam Bozzo and Purple Turtle Films, Elizabeth Pollock and Blue Marble Productions, Oscilloscope Laboratories, David Novack - American Coal Productions, World Youth Water Alliance and Appalshop.