Come see ‘Chasing Ice’ documentary


To the Editor:
The Sisters of St. Francis Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking (CANV) is showing the film “Chasing Ice,” Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Canticle, 841 13th Ave. N., Clinton. This event, which celebrates the Feast of St. Francis, is free and open to the public.  The film will be followed by a facilitated discussion with information on steps citizens can take in response to climate change and the environment.
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There is an urgency as predictions of a warming planet are now becoming reality, as people around the world are experiencing increased drought, wildfire, flooding, food and water stresses, disease and population displacement. A new survey, conducted by the University of California at Berkeley, analyzed 60 studies on wars, violent crime and their correlation to climate change.   Researchers found that violence and civil unrest increased with rising temperatures and extreme weather. They found that climate change could increase war and unrest by as much as 56 percent between now and 2050.
The study suggests that “a global temperature rise of 2 degrees Celsius could increase the rate of intergroup conflicts, such as civil wars, by over 50 percent in many parts of the world.” In the U.S., it would mean that for every increase of 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit, the likelihood of violent crime goes up 2 percent to 4 percent.
We believe viewing the movie “Chasing Ice” will help people to better understand the real consequences of global climate change and inspire people to make decisions more consciously!
For more information, about this event, contact Laura Anderson, (563) 242-7611.
Sister Anne Martin Phelan
President, OSF, Clinton

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