Film Screening at Chico State this Monday, March 22

Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War will be screened this Monday, March 22nd at 7 PM at Chico State in PAC 134 with a discussion following the film.

The Center for Applied and Professional Ethics in conjunction with the Committee on Arts and Lectures, the Institute for Sustainable Development, and the Peace Institute are collaboratively hosting the event.

More information can be found by viewing the events brochure, visiting the film's website or reading an excerpt from the film's website below.

"The scale of environmental damage over the last half century is unprecedented. Falling water tables, shrinking forest cover, declining species diversity - all presage ecosystems in distress. These trends are now widely acknowledged as emanating from forces of humanity's own making: massive population increases, unsustainable demands on natural resources, species loss, ruinous environmental practices. Ironically however, war, that most destructive of human behaviors, is commonly bypassed.

In all its stages, from the production of weapons through combat to cleanup and restoration, war entails actions that pollute land, air, and water, destroy biodiversity, and drain natural resources. Yet the environmental damage occasioned by war and preparation for war is routinely underestimated, underreported, even ignored. The environment remains war's "silent casualty."

Activities that do such damage cry out for far-reaching public scrutiny. The very sustainability of our planet is at stake. We can no longer maintain silence about the environmental impact of war on the grounds that such scrutiny is "inconvenient" or "callous" at a time when human life is so endangered"

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