published Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Film series examines environmental issues in Alabama - Feb. 27

One World Adventure Company will host a viewing of the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Southern Exposure Film Series tonight, Feb. 27, in Fort Payne, Ala. The two-hour event will begin at 6 p.m. CST at the DeKalb Theatre, 300 N. Gault Ave.

The film project is a fellowship program created by the nonprofit SELC to raise awareness of Alabama’s natural resources and the environmental issues they face. The screening will premier several films created by fellowship participants in 2013.

Among other topics, the films examine environmental issues concerning the Coosa River, Alabama’s energy sources, threats to fish and the potential impact of fracking in the Talladega National Forest.

One World Adventure Company is a community-based nonprofit in Mentone, Ala., designed around the belief that outdoor education enhances personal development.

Member admission to the film screening is $5 for adults, free for children. Nonmembers pay $10 for adults, $5 for children 12-16.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit www.oneworldadventureco.org or call 256-634-8370.

FILMS

■ “Southern Exposure 2013: Overview”: Introduces the film series and poses this question: What environmental issue are you most concerned about and why?

■ “Dammed: The Story of Alabama’s Rivers”: Lessons learned from the damming of the Coosa River, which resulted in one of the largest extinction events in U.S. history, with 40 species lost.

■ “Forever Wild”: The story of Alabama’s Forever Wild Land Trust, which has been renewed for another 20 years thanks to public support.

■ “State of Power”: Looks at why Alabama is dependent on traditional energy sources when there are cleaner, more cost-effective alternatives.

■ “For the Fish”: Examines the unprecedented array of threats to Alabama’s waterways, from the BP oil spill to coal ash pollution to contaminated runoff from construction sites, and the effects on people and wildlife.

■ “Between the Fracks”: Commentary from Alabama residents, sportsmen, conservationists and others who are concerned about the potential impacts of fracking in the Talladega National Forest. Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside.

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