Screening of a documentary on the impacts of the Canadian tar sands and what a Native community is doing about it. Followed by discussion with faculty members Bobby Buchanan, Marilou Esguerra, Catherine Lowther, and Karen Stupski.
This event is free and open to the public and is presented by Goddard College's BA in Individualized Studies Program.
"Tipping Point" presents the environmental and health impacts of the tar sands mining that is destroying thousands of acres of natural habitat, pouring carbon emissions into the atmosphere, and contaminating the food and water supplies of a Native community living down river. The territory of the Dene people is being exploited by oil companies, and the Canadian government is promoting the tar sands as a safe alternative to offshore drilling, while the people of Fort Chipewyan have a cancer rate that is three times higher than normal. The film follows Native Elder Francois Paulette as he takes the issues to the Copenhagen Climate Conference, to Norway’s Statoil headquarters, and to the United States to find solutions.
The film has been nominated for eight awards.