March 15, 2007 -- In addition to three free screenings of Al Gore's Oscar-winning documentary on climate change, "An Inconvenient Truth," V.I. audiences later this month will also get a special insider account of the film's genesis.
Tim Greeff, former Vice President Gore's representative on climate change, will present a special, behind-the-scenes-look at the original slide show that preceded the making of the Academy Award-winning movie.
A global warming specialist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, Greeff will also give "some startling updates about how global climate change is affecting our environment worldwide," according to a release from the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, which is sponsoring the screenings in conjunction with the V.I. Waste Management Authority, V.I. Energy Office and the Water and Power Authority.
"Greeff has worked on a wide range of energy issues at the local, state and federal level, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, oil security/dependence, coal-fired power generation and nuclear power. His presentation will be highly interactive, and the audience will be urged to participate. Residents will be able to learn what is behind the headlines and why people everywhere are concerned about climate change," said DPNR Commissioner-designee Robert S. Mathes in a written statement.
Greeff will show the slides and take questions at the new amphitheater in the Sunny Isle Shopping Center on St. Croix on Sunday, March 18 at 6 p.m. The movie, however, won't be shown that night.
It opens in the territory on Friday, March 23 on St. Thomas at the Pistarckle Theater in Tillett Gardens at 8 p.m. and also plays the following Saturday at UVIs Chase Auditorium on St. Thomas at 7:30 p.m.
On St. Croix it opens at the Caribbean Community Theater at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 25.
Last year, world experts in biology, oceanography and biodiversity warned that global warming could kill vast swaths of coral around the world, including those in the Virgin Islands.
Coral and fish diversity are major tourism draws and could cost the territory billions of dollars if destroyed.
Local energy and waste experts will also give presentations about how climate change affects the territory.
The issue of global warming just further accents our need to get away from burning fossil fuel, said Bevan Smith, director of the V.I. Energy Office said.
Alberto Bruno-Vega, executive director of WAPA, has long championed reducing fossil fuel consumption, which "An Inconvenient Truth" fingers as the prime reason for global warming.
The event kicks off Virgin Islands Energy Education Week.
(It) is an opportunity to bring attention to the importance of WAPAs Integrated Resources Plan, which targets energy efficiency, independence from imported fuel oil and lower utility bills, Bruno-Vega said.
The V.I. Energy Office will also make presentations on energy issues in various schools during the week. This year, because of scheduling conflicts, the Solar Sprint Car Race, involving students from 25 V.I. schools, will be held April 13.
All events are free of charge. For more information call Jamal Nielsen at 773-1082 ext. 2252.
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