“Sun Come Up” Film Screening

On October 3, 2012 the Office of Sustainability partnered with University Ministry to host a screening of Sun Come Up, an Academy-Award nominated film documenting the story of the world’s first climate refugees, the Cataret islanders. The Catarets are forced to leave their island nation due to rising sea levels and other problems associated with climate change and journey to the mainland. Documenting the human face of climate change as the Catarets struggle to find land and peace among their neighbors in the South Pacific, the film demonstrates the impact climate change is having upon individuals and nations across the world. Through the story of the Catarets, viewers were able to see the intersection of climate change, displacement and the rights of the vulnerable around the world.



Panelists included Dr. Lance Nelson of Theology and Religious Studies, Cara McMahon, the Director of Catholic Social Thought, David Engel, the Chair of the Environment Working Group of the San  Diego Foundation and Michael Catanzaro, USD’s Director of Sustainability. Each panelist offered his or her own take about climate change as it pertained to the film. Following their remarks, a  large group discussion ensued in which the audience connected with one another on how to further communicate climate change as well as other issues connected to sustainability.
To continue this important dialogue, the group made plans to partner with CASA and other departments on campus to show the film again on Wednesday, November 7th. Look out for more information regarding a second showing of Sun Come Up and how you can be apart of this critical topic.