A devoted environmentalist, actor Leonardo DiCaprio was named the United Nations Messenger on Climate Change in 2014. He's by no means a scientist, but his tremendous fame affords him the global platform and unfettered access required to effectively advocate for the preservation of our planet. With great determination and investigative curiosity, DiCaprio embraces this challenge through the format for which he is best known: the cinema.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Immerse the whole family in a hands-on, interactive archaeological dig. Participants will learn about archeological tools, methods and the techniques used to uncover the artifacts from the past. They will go to an outdoor simulated archaeological site near the Museum to uncover buried artifacts—recording and cataloguing each as it is uncovered. Once the artifacts are uncovered, they will return to the Museum to piece together and identify their finds. For all ages. Bilingual.
Cost: $8/ child, all other family members FREE. Rain or shine. Reserve in advance: 514-398-4094.
This feature documentary profiles the life and work of world-renowned Canadian scientist, educator, broadcaster and activist David Suzuki on the occasion of his last lecture in 2009—a lecture he describes as “a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die.” As Suzuki reflects on his family history—including the persecution of Japanese Canadians during WWII—and his discovery of the power and beauty of the natural world, we are spurred to examine our own relationship to nature, scientific knowledge, and sustainability throughout modernity and beyond.
Many environmental documentaries recount the aftermath of a grave disaster. Great Lakes, Bad Lines is refreshingly different in this regard. The film concerns the inevitable erosion and malfunction of Enbridge Line 5, a Canadian-owned pipeline that stretches across over 500 miles and transports 23 million gallons of oil through much of Michigan's Great Lakes on a daily basis. The line was built over 60 years ago, and is in urgent need of repair.
The oil industry giant Chevron began operating in Ecuador's Amazon rain forest in 1964. Over the course of 30 years, this majestic environmental wonder became the victim of unregulated corporate abuse and greed. By the time the corporation vacated the area in 1992, their toxic footprint had brought about 1700 times more damage to the environment than the infamous Exxon Valdez oil spill in the United States. Empire Files host Abby Martin visits the scene of the crime in Chevron vs.
Presented by: Virginie Millien (Redpath Museum, McGill University).
Presented by Viacheslav I. Adamchuk, Ph.D., P.E. (Associate Professor, Bioresource Engineering Dept., McGill): Smart Technologies for Agriculture and Natural Resource Management)
Presented by: Vicky Kaspi (Professor, Dept. of Physics, McGill):
Presented by : Mark S. Boyce (Professor of Ecology Science, Biological Sciences, University of Alberta)
Presented by: Lisa Marie Münter (Assistant Professor, Dept. Pharmacology & Therapeutics, McGill)
Presented by: Doina Precup (Associate Professor, School of Computer Science, McGill)
Presented by: Tomislav Friščić (Associate Professor, Chemistry, McGill)