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Erica Rae Sanchez
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The SEEDS club hosted a movie viewing of “Fire on Ice,” which discusses the dangers climate change poses, on Nov. 8 in the Art and Communications Building. 

Although the topic of climate change can be daunting, the movie showed certain individuals and companies that are fighting against climate change, bringing hope into the movie.

As the climate is slowly heating up and the glaciers melt, one day there may be too little land for the human population and no resources for food, according to the film.

The movie displayed the hard truth about how all ecosystems are being greatly affected by climate change and that action needs to happen now or else there will be irreparable damage.

“The movie in short explained all of the ways the planet was dying but the movie did bring some positive light into the situation and inspired me to try to find ways in my everyday life that can better help the planet,” Alexis de la Rosa, Monrovia resident, said.

The movie did shine a light on how individuals have created projects to help out the planet and combat the negative effects of climate change such as creating large areas for solar panels, planting kelp, creating greenhouses and planting more plants. 

“I found the movie very interesting, it gives you a different perspective on how the world is changing and how we need to find ideas on how to fix it,” Kaitlin Ditsler, junior chemistry major, said.

Watching the massive effect natural disasters have had on the human population was one of the hardest parts of the film to watch, Ditsler said.

The film followed the story of Bren Smith, an oyster farmer, and his fight to combat climate change.

“My favorite part was somebody who was being interviewed as a fisherman who had gone out of his way to be environmentally conscious, he worked to serve the ocean,” Nicole Temple, senior biology major, said.

Temple explained how he was one of the first fisherman that she had seen that cared more about the environment than fishing, unlike other fishermen who are more focused on the profits that they make from overfishing.

“It’s nice to see someone who understands it more than just the bottom line,” Temple said.

There were snippets of headlines from the Los Angeles Times shown throughout the movie regarding the effects of climate change.

“It was the saddest fact that we have all been technically declared as climate refugees because the world we were born in is nothing like the world we are living in right now,” Temple said. “It is kind of like having a knife on a string hung over our heads. We do not know when the string is going to get cut.”

After the movie, Professor of Biology Jay Jones shared his travel experiences and the people who were fighting against climate change around him.

When Jones traveled to Germany he saw that there were fields filled with solar panels, which at times would produce more renewable energy than fossil fuels. 

Although the movie showed some solutions to help with climate change, Jones commented that some of those solutions were not completely ideal. 

The SEEDS club continues to work on empowering others toward sustainable practices through education. 

Erica Rae Sanchez can be reached at erica.sanchez2@laverne.edu.

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