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Chasing Ice – The Most Captivating Documentary I’ve Ever Seen

By: Kristen Linsalata, News Editor, The Pioneer
“Chasing Ice” directed by Jeff Orlowski is the most captivating documentary about the planet’s rapidly melting glaciers that I have ever seen. The reoccurring images of the receding glaciers from all over the world caused me to think: If glaciers are representative of climate change, then how long will it be before it is too late to save them? How long will it be until we can no longer reverse the damage that we have done to the world? The documentary resoundingly conveys that the answer is now. We have already done irrevocable damage. If we continue on abusing the world and nature in the way we do, then it will be too late for our children, our grandchildren, and our great grandchildren.

Chasing Ice

One of the most captivating scenes of the documentary was the live footage of the calving of a glacier in Greenland – the longest calving event to ever be caught on film. As I watched the glacier dying slowly at first, then rapidly, I realized the same is true for the rest of our Earth. Because of our abuse, the Earth has been dying a slow death, but now over the last ten years, the effects of climate change and greenhouse gases have been astronomically more evident than it ever has in history.

The part that I enjoyed most was how the documentary addressed the naysayers of global warming. There are certain individuals who claim that climate change is a “myth” and the documentary even showed someone saying that climate change is one of the biggest hoaxes on the American people ever. One of their main arguments against the presence of climate change, according to the documentary, is that some glaciers grow, which wouldn’t be a response to a global warming signal. However, the documentary presented a study where glaciers were studied in the Yukon Territory in Canada from 1958 to 2008, and out of the 1,400 glaciers that were there in 1958, only four grew, over 400 disappeared, and almost all of the remaining glaciers got smaller. These facts are sobering but undeniable when considering the presence of global warming and its effects on our planet.

In “Chasing Ice,” James Balog and his team’s dedication to bringing awareness to this issue is evident. When Balog cried, you wanted to cry with him. This cause obviously means so much to him. But why doesn’t it mean more to our peers? We must remind ourselves that as our planet dies, we die along with it. Balog says in the documentary that we are connected to nature in more ways than we can even conceive and I unequivocally agree. Thank you to LIU Post Sustainability for showing this film and bringing awareness to this very important issue.

Check out the trailer to Chasing Ice below:

To request a future screening of Chasing Ice at LIU Post, please email William.Achnitz@liu.edu.

Chasing Ice – The Most Captivating Documentary I've Ever Seen

By: Kristen Linsalata, News Editor, The Pioneer
“Chasing Ice” directed by Jeff Orlowski is the most captivating documentary about the planet’s rapidly melting glaciers that I have ever seen. The reoccurring images of the receding glaciers from all over the world caused me to think: If glaciers are representative of climate change, then how long will it be before it is too late to save them? How long will it be until we can no longer reverse the damage that we have done to the world? The documentary resoundingly conveys that the answer is now. We have already done irrevocable damage. If we continue on abusing the world and nature in the way we do, then it will be too late for our children, our grandchildren, and our great grandchildren.

Chasing Ice

One of the most captivating scenes of the documentary was the live footage of the calving of a glacier in Greenland – the longest calving event to ever be caught on film. As I watched the glacier dying slowly at first, then rapidly, I realized the same is true for the rest of our Earth. Because of our abuse, the Earth has been dying a slow death, but now over the last ten years, the effects of climate change and greenhouse gases have been astronomically more evident than it ever has in history.

The part that I enjoyed most was how the documentary addressed the naysayers of global warming. There are certain individuals who claim that climate change is a “myth” and the documentary even showed someone saying that climate change is one of the biggest hoaxes on the American people ever. One of their main arguments against the presence of climate change, according to the documentary, is that some glaciers grow, which wouldn’t be a response to a global warming signal. However, the documentary presented a study where glaciers were studied in the Yukon Territory in Canada from 1958 to 2008, and out of the 1,400 glaciers that were there in 1958, only four grew, over 400 disappeared, and almost all of the remaining glaciers got smaller. These facts are sobering but undeniable when considering the presence of global warming and its effects on our planet.

In “Chasing Ice,” James Balog and his team’s dedication to bringing awareness to this issue is evident. When Balog cried, you wanted to cry with him. This cause obviously means so much to him. But why doesn’t it mean more to our peers? We must remind ourselves that as our planet dies, we die along with it. Balog says in the documentary that we are connected to nature in more ways than we can even conceive and I unequivocally agree. Thank you to LIU Post Sustainability for showing this film and bringing awareness to this very important issue.

Check out the trailer to Chasing Ice below:

To request a future screening of Chasing Ice at LIU Post, please email William.Achnitz@liu.edu.

Solar & Offshore Wind: Can Renewable Energy Work For Long Island?

By: Bessie Weisman, Sustainability Coordinator, LIU Post

solar and wind

On Monday, April 13th, LIU Post welcomed three renewable energy professionals to present about themselves and their field of work. Following the presentations was a Q&A panel discussion where students and community members got a chance to pick the brains of these renewable energy experts.

The first presentation was given by Stephanie McClellan, the Director of the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW) at the University of Delaware. Her location of focus is Delaware, but she easily tied in her knowledge of wind power to the region as a whole. McClellen touted offshore wind as having the greatest renewable and carbon-reducing energy source for the entire East Coast. She used Europe as an example of a region in which offshore wind is being successfully utilized and she is hoping to capitalize on the methods of such accomplishments through her position with SIOW.

offshore-wind-turbines

The second presenter was Clinton L. Plummer, Vice President of Development for Deepwater Wind. Plummer eloquently spoke of the projects that Deepwater Wind has been developing, and, most notably, he discussed the company’s wind farm to be located on Block Island. The Block Island Wind Farm will be 30-megawatts, situated approximately three miles southeast of Block Island, and it will have 5 wind turbines in total. Below is a visual of where the project will be located. The power source, as Plummer highlighted, will generate enough energy to provide for 17,000 homes. This project, he thinks, will be especially useful in sparking the public’s interest and trust in the potential of offshore wind. Considering the turbines will be far enough away not to block anyone’s view to the beach, but close enough that people could take a quick boat ride to see them, the project will stand as a solid means to establish offshore wind as a valued form of power to the public.

Deepwater ONE map

Finally, Carlo Lanza finished off the series of presentations with his discussion of solar power. Lanza wears many hats, between being the founding member and leader of Harvest Power LLC, to his role as chairman for the Long Island Solar Energy Industries Association (LISEIA) and his efforts in working with PSEG Long Island and policymakers, he is deeply involved in all aspects of his field. Lanza said that he was initially inspired to delve into the discipline of solar energy after he heard the astounding fact that, in one hour, the sun bathes the Earth in more energy than what is used worldwide in a typical year. After hearing this, Lanza became an engineer and later took on a myriad of roles in acting toward promoting solar energy installations and use.

Overall, these renewables professionals gave hope to the students enrolled in the Environmental Sustainability programs at LIU Post, like myself, in the sense that we were reassured of the many diverse employment opportunities in our anticipated field. The panel members also expressed the importance of understanding the relatively novel nature of sustainability and renewable energy. In their experience, they all came from multidimensional educational backgrounds and work hard at the many roles they play to make strides in offshore wind and solar energy. Fundamentally, what unified all of these multifaceted individuals was their enduring passion for their chosen fields that has fostered the success that they each see today.

Solar & Offshore Wind: Can Renewable Energy Work For Long Island?

By: Bessie Weisman, Sustainability Coordinator, LIU Post

solar and wind

On Monday, April 13th, LIU Post welcomed three renewable energy professionals to present about themselves and their field of work. Following the presentations was a Q&A panel discussion where students and community members got a chance to pick the brains of these renewable energy experts.

The first presentation was given by Stephanie McClellan, the Director of the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW) at the University of Delaware. Her location of focus is Delaware, but she easily tied in her knowledge of wind power to the region as a whole. McClellen touted offshore wind as having the greatest renewable and carbon-reducing energy source for the entire East Coast. She used Europe as an example of a region in which offshore wind is being successfully utilized and she is hoping to capitalize on the methods of such accomplishments through her position with SIOW.

offshore-wind-turbines

The second presenter was Clinton L. Plummer, Vice President of Development for Deepwater Wind. Plummer eloquently spoke of the projects that Deepwater Wind has been developing, and, most notably, he discussed the company’s wind farm to be located on Block Island. The Block Island Wind Farm will be 30-megawatts, situated approximately three miles southeast of Block Island, and it will have 5 wind turbines in total. Below is a visual of where the project will be located. The power source, as Plummer highlighted, will generate enough energy to provide for 17,000 homes. This project, he thinks, will be especially useful in sparking the public’s interest and trust in the potential of offshore wind. Considering the turbines will be far enough away not to block anyone’s view to the beach, but close enough that people could take a quick boat ride to see them, the project will stand as a solid means to establish offshore wind as a valued form of power to the public.

Deepwater ONE map

Finally, Carlo Lanza finished off the series of presentations with his discussion of solar power. Lanza wears many hats, between being the founding member and leader of Harvest Power LLC, to his role as chairman for the Long Island Solar Energy Industries Association (LISEIA) and his efforts in working with PSEG Long Island and policymakers, he is deeply involved in all aspects of his field. Lanza said that he was initially inspired to delve into the discipline of solar energy after he heard the astounding fact that, in one hour, the sun bathes the Earth in more energy than what is used worldwide in a typical year. After hearing this, Lanza became an engineer and later took on a myriad of roles in acting toward promoting solar energy installations and use.

Overall, these renewables professionals gave hope to the students enrolled in the Environmental Sustainability programs at LIU Post, like myself, in the sense that we were reassured of the many diverse employment opportunities in our anticipated field. The panel members also expressed the importance of understanding the relatively novel nature of sustainability and renewable energy. In their experience, they all came from multidimensional educational backgrounds and work hard at the many roles they play to make strides in offshore wind and solar energy. Fundamentally, what unified all of these multifaceted individuals was their enduring passion for their chosen fields that has fostered the success that they each see today.

Focus On The Good, Not The Bad

By: Melissa Colleary, Senior Sustainability Coordinator, LIU Post

“A hundred years ago, all food was organic, local, seasonal, and fresh or naturally preserved by ancient methods. All food was food. Now, less than 3 percent of agricultural land in the United States is used to grow fruits and vegetables, which should make up 80 percent of our diets.”

James Colquhoun, Hungry for Change: Ditch the Diets, Conquer the Cravings, and Eat Your Way to Lifelong Health

Last Thursday night, the Sustainable Post Committee, in partnership with the LIU Post Nutrition Club, hosted a screening of the documentary Hungry for Change. The documentary focuses on the health and diet industry and how these companies intentionally manufacture food to create addictive qualities that will cause the consumer to come back for more. This combination of sugar, fat, and salt has in turn created more health problems than we ever thought imaginable, including everything from obesity to diabetes and heart disease.

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The documentary strives to portray these issues in a way that will show the viewer just how manipulative the food industry truly is. It points out how our human instincts tell us to consume food whenever it is available to store up for the winter, but as Dr. Christiane Northrup says:

“Now there is a lot of food available, but it’s the wrong kind. So we’ve been programmed for millennia to store up for the winter, but the winter doesn’t come.”

Humans are perpetually consuming more and more food from calorically empty sources, which creates a condition of starvation while simultaneously being overfed.

Although a lot of these points are helpful and informative, others, in my opinion, are a bit extreme. For example, the documentary explicitly endorses juicing, the process of extracting juice from fresh fruits and vegetables, as a way to detoxify the body. However, the human body naturally detoxifies and juicing is not always helpful. The process of extracting juice from fruits and vegetables actually depletes a lot of the nutrients by stripping the produce of the fiber they contain.

The film does spend a significant amount of time discussing the importance of local foods and organics. Although introducing any produce is beneficial to one’s diet, using organic and local sources are good for your body in addition to the environment. Organics also do not use the harmful pesticides that are often present in conventionally grown produce, which can actually seep into the produce through the skin.

Locally grown food also helps to reduce your environmental impact because there is less transportation needed. When you buy an avocado that was grown in Mexico, the amount of travel that it takes to get that avocado to your grocery store is astronomical. Just because you’re buying an organic piece of produce, doesn’t mean that it is entirely environmentally friendly, especially if it had to travel thousands of miles to make it to your plate.

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The Nutrition Club Prepping The Sustainable Meal

Whenever possible, visit local farmer’s markets. They’re often much cheaper than the grocery store and you can meet the people who actually grow your food, rather than the people who are stacking it in geometrical patterns under fluorescent lights in a grocery store.

The problem with the way we eat now, in regards to the environment, is that new farming practices and production methods cause more pollution than almost any other source. For example, according to DoSomething.org, factory farming accounts for 37% of methane (CH4) emissions. Methane has more than 20 times the global warming potential of CO2 and burning fossil fuels to produce fertilizers for feed crops may emit 41 million metric tons of CO2 per year. An additional 90 million metric tons of CO2 per year may be emitted by fossil fuels expended for intensive confinement operations. However, organic farming and local sources produce far less.

The other troubling issue is that less farmers are growing our food in favor of scientists creating it in a lab. As Kris Carr said in the film:

“If it takes a lab to create then it takes a lab to digest”.

The fact that people allow the food industry to get away with this is extremely troubling, especially when you consider the effects on your body and the environment.

Perhaps the most important thing the film says is to not worry so much about eliminating all of the bad things in your diet, but to focus on adding the good things in. I think that this is applicable to pretty much any aspect of your life. If you live on a diet of Poptarts and candy, adding vegetables and lean meats into your diet will improve your health and potentially even push the processed foods out. If you buy your food primarily frozen or in cans, start buying fresh. If you buy fresh food from a grocery store, try a farmer’s market.

Nutrition-Club

Nutrition Club Members Serving The Meal

This doesn’t even need to pertain entirely to food, rather, it can impact all aspects of your life. So, whether you never exercise and you decide to start taking the stairs, or if you don’t recycle but you start using reusable bags, you’re making a positive change that will start a chain reaction in your life.

Don’t focus on the bad, focus on the good.

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Hungry For Change

Join Sustainable Post and the LIU Post Nutrition Club for a screening of the documentary Hungry For Change. Admission is free and sustainable refreshments will be served. The Nutrition Club is cooking up a sustainable meal for all to enjoy.

Hungry For Change

Double Dose of Sustainability

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511NY Rideshare Will Be At LIU Post

By: William Achnitz III, Campus Life Coordinator, LIU Post

Representatives from the organization 511NY Rideshare will be at the LIU Post Campus on Wednesday, March 4th and Thursday, March 26th to answer your questions related to transportation services on Long Island. The events will take place in Hillwood Commons starting at 12:30pm.

Check out  all of the services that they currently offer:511NY Rideshareoffer:

Recycling Photo Contest

Last week, the LIU Post Recycling Program sponsored a photo contest.

Take a picture of your recyclables and win a prize!

Every person that submitted a photo received a reusable water bottle and was entered into a raffle for a $25 gift card to the LIU Post Bookstore.

The winner of the gift card was Amal Zeidan, who submitted a picture of her recyclables in the trunk of her car. She said:

“My family and I make it a point to always recycle and never throw out bottles, magazines or newspapers. We even reuse glass jars – anything that can be recycled, we believe should not go to waste.”

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On the way to the grocery store

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Amal won a $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card for submitting the above picture

Celebrate Earth Week at LIU Post

EARTH WEEK 2014

TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2014

Sustainability Dinner WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014

Authentic SustainabilityWEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014

Recycling Photo ContestThursday, April 24, 2014

TEDx

Friday, April 25, 2014

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