Miami & The Beaches Environmental Film Festival

Miami, is one of the many cities in the world, that is feeling the effects of global warming. Rising sea levels threatens Miami to go under water faster than predicted. Whether you believe on climate change or not, as a citizen of our beautiful city, you must get well informed in order to take action and help our city to survive.

You need data or a study to believe in climate change? Per a study made by Brian McNoldy, a senior research associate at UM's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, “Sea level is not just rising here, the rate of the rise is accelerating.” Click here to read the complete study. The Miami metropolitan region has the greatest amount of exposed financial assets and 4th-largest population vulnerable to sea level rise in the world. The only other cities with a higher combined (financial assets and population) risk are Hong Kong and Calcutta [1].

Luckily for our city, the Miami & the Beaches Environmental Film Festival is here to bring awareness of this dire situation and open people’s eyes. The festival will showcase a compelling array of films based on environmental issues of local and global concern. This year's Festival also coincides with the Centennial of Miami Beach and the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, which has been at the forefront of raising awareness globally about sustainable development and climate change.

You can click here for the full schedule of events, but these are the films that I recommend so you can get up to speed with what’s going on in Miami and the world regarding climate change:

CLIMATE CRISIS JAM (USA) (5 Min) WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15      7:15 PM In five minutes you will understand what climate change is and the solutions in a very hip music video by Earthman - Lanny Smith. COLONY THEATER |1040 Lincoln Road | Miami Beach | Free admission

DISRUPTION (USA) (52 Min) WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15    9:15 PM The story of our unique moment in history. We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it. The film makes a compelling call for bold action that is strong enough to tip the balance to build a clean energy future. COLONY THEATER | 1040 Lincoln Road | Miami Beach | Free admission

Thin IceThin Ice (United Kingdom / USA) (73 Min) FRIDAY, APRIL 17     7PM Climate science has been coming under increasing attack. Geologist Simon Lamb takes a look at what’s really happening with global warming by filming scientists at work in the Arctic, the Antarctic and around the world. MIAMI BEACH BOTANICAL GARDEN | 2000 Convention Center Dr. | Miami Beach | Buy ticket here

Happy Feet (USA) (108 Min) SATURDAY, APRIL 18     8:45 PM Mumble is an Emperor Penguin who is different from the others – instead of singing like the rest of them he just wants to tap dance, which leads him to some exciting adventures and eventually to contact humans, who are impacting the penguin's environment through overfishing. A great film for the whole family, it will make you pause and think about what we’re doing to the environment and how we can do things better. NEW WORLD SYMPHONY SOUNDSCAPE | 500 17th Street | Miami Beach, FL 33139|Free admission

The E-Waste Tragedy (France/Spain) (87 Min) SUNDAY, APRIL 19     8 PM Every year, up to 50 million tons of electronic waste  like computers, television sets, etc, are discarded in the developed world. 75% of this waste disappears from the legal recycling circuits and it is being dumped illegally in the Third World, where it destroys landscapes and harms lives. This film takes the viewer on a journey of investigation to many countries and reveals a toxic global trade fueled by greed and corruption. MIAMI BEACH BOTANICAL GARDEN | 2000 Convention Center Dr. | Miami Beach | Buy Ticket here

On opening night, Wednesday April 15th, The Prime Minister of Aruba will be the keynote speaker. He has committed along with the Carbon War Room (CWR), the global entrepreneur initiative founded by Sir Richard Branson, to make Aruba the greenest nation in the world and to make it fossil fuel free by 2020. We have a lot to learn from these two great leaders.

The Festival run by Ecomb (the Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches) will take place from April 15 - 19 at different venues around town. Click here for more info.

Live green,