STATE COLLEGE: Movie and Panel —The Age of Consequences

Age of Consequences FlyerA free screening of the documentary “The Age of Consequences” followed by a panel discussion will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 11 at the State Theatre in downtown State College. The event is free and open to the public.  The panel is moderated by PA IPL cyclist Peter Buckland, and includes PA IPL cyclist Janet Swim.  The event is co-sponsored by PA IPL member congregation the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County.

“The Age of Consequences” investigates the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity, migration and conflict through the lens of U.S. national security and global stability. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, drought, extreme weather and sea-level rise function as “accelerants of instability” and “catalysts for conflict” in volatile regions of the world.

In a recent written statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis recognized the threat climate change poses.

“Climate change is impacting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today,” he wrote. “It is appropriate for the Combatant Commands to incorporate drivers of instability that impact the security environment in their areas into their planning.”

David W. Titley, director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State and retired Rear Admiral with the U.S. Navy responded, saying, “I am heartened, but not surprised, to learn that Secretary Mattis understands the changing climate is one of the many risks the Department of Defense needs to manage. The changing climate is evident in every Combatant Commander’s Area of Responsibility.”

While the public has watched policy makers and media pundits argue about climate change’s reality, the military has not. “This reality has been recognized for over a decade by both the military and the intelligence communities,” said Titley in a statement to the Center for Climate and Security. “Climate change impacts the physical operating environment, our defense infrastructure, and can tip regions already unstable into chaos and conflict. It is essential to the military’s overall readiness that these risks from climate change be acknowledged and managed, just as the Defense department manages other areas of significant risk.”

Throughout the film, Pentagon insiders make the compelling case that by continuing with business as usual, the consequences of climate change – waves of refugees, failed states, terrorism – will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century. While the film paints a dark picture, it also provides follow-up actions people can take on climate change.

“It’s important to remember that we the people can do things right here, right now,” said Peter Buckland of Penn State’s Sustainability Institute. “While the science is clear and the threat is real as this film shows, we can’t get hung up on fear when there are tangible things we can do.”

Buckland stressed that the discussion following the film will help audience members do just that. The moderated discussion will include three panelists:

  • Janet Swim, professor of psychology, who has researched climate change communication,
  • Jeffrey Brownson, associate professor of energy and mineral engineering,
  • and David W. Titley, retired Rear Admiral and director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State.

The panelists will be available for questions after the discussion.

Co-sponsors of the event include Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, Institutes of Energy and the Environment, Center for Global Studies, Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, Sustainability Communications Initiative, Rock Ethics Institute, The Arthur W. Page Center, Sierra Club Moshannon Group and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County.

For more information regarding the event, contact Peter Buckland at For more information about sustainability efforts at Penn State, visit

ALTOONA: movie and panel – Faith Against Fracking

FaithAgainstFracking screenshotJoin us for a free showing of the movie Faith Against Fracking (trailer below), followed by presentations by two Pennsylvania residents who have paid the price of petroleum extraction and transport.

Ellen Gerhart, Huntingdon County, was forced by eminent domain to allow the Mariner 2 pipeline to cross her land, which had long been placed under registered forest protection.

Michael Badges-Canning, Butler County, has firsthand experience of the damage fracking has done to his drinking water.

There will be a brief, optional prayer service following the program. 

Download a flyer to print and share.
Read PA Interfaith Power & Light’s resolution calling for No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure.
Learn more about a new pipeline hotspot, with eminent domain actions anticipated.  Newspaper. Lancaster Against Pipelines is running non-violent mass action trainings.

Segment from Faith Against Fracking from Big Love Productions on Vimeo.

STATE COLLEGE: Screening, Discussion, and Community: Before the Flood

All are welcome for this screening of  “Before the Flood”  This 2016 documentary on climate change debuted on the National Geographic Channel this fall   State College Friends welcome everyone for an evening of film and conversation.  

YES! There will be REFRESHMENTS!

Discussion to follow:  A climate scientist will be available after the film to answer questions and participate in the discussion.

Looking for volunteers for a kid-care movie option for ages 5-10.

THINGS to BRING (optional):
– old friends
– a warm greeting for new friends
– a pen to write a letter while your energy is high
– a new LED light bulb to share with a family in danger of needing fuel through the Centre County Fuel Bank —PA IPL works with the fuel bank administrators to lead 1 hour classes in low-cost changes and habits that will save energy — saving energy helps families in financial need right away, reduces exposure for those who live downwind of power plants and is a great way to care for our Common Home.
– a little cash, in case you are tempted by rainforest-friendly fair-trade crafts by the Center for Amazon Community Ecology

PHILADELPHIA: This Changes Everything movie and discussion

Weaver’s Way and Phildelphia PA IPL bring a free screening of the documentary film based on Naomi Klein’s powerful book about climate change This Changes Everything.

Special Guests Peter Winslow and Mordechai Liebling will share information about plans to transform Philadelphia into a fossil fuel energy hub (and how you can get involved) and Mordechai Liebling on behalf of Green Justice Philly.

Download the flier.


Love thy Nature film

Promoted by Physicians for Social Responsibility–Harrisburg/Hershey

love thy nature


Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature is a cinematic immersion into the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. And while our environmental crisis threatens the survival of our species, a renewed connection with nature holds the key to a highly advanced new era.


Years of Living Dangerously

PA IPL member congregation the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg invites you to watch Years of Living Dangerously.  The showings are open to the public.  It’s an engaging, Emmy-award winning TV series, so the showings are over 4 consecutive Fridays (3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17), with 2 episodes and a light hot supper.  The showings are open to the public.  Please RSVP.

Download a PDF flier to share here: YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY March 27, 2015 REVISED, or share the Facebook Event Page

There’s no trailer, but you can watch the premier episode (and that episode only) on YouTube: