SHEBOYGAN — “Before the Flood,” a 2016 National Geographic documentary that follows Leonardo DiCaprio on his excursions around the globe as a United Nations messenger of peace, will be screened on Sunday, February 11th at 2 PM in the Rocca Room of Mead Public Library.
The film, which takes the actor and activist to five continents and the Arctic, will be followed by a panel featuring two local college faculty and an open discussion. The free, public event — not for women only — is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Sheboygan County, a new local group of the nearly 100-year-old nonpartisan U.S. League.
The topic of climate change was chosen due to scientific concerns that have intensified over the last 30 years along with climate-related events, according to the two co-chairs of the local league’s environment committee.
“The film and discussion will enhance understanding of issues fundamental to the climate change conversation,” said co-chair Luan Burton. The issue involves public policy and personal choices.
“There are everyday things we can do to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, like reducing our consumption of meat, purchasing foods and personal-care products that don’t contain palm oil, and signing up for renewable energy programs through your electric utility,” said co-chair Stephanie Szemetylo.
Following the film, Paul Pickhardt, associate professor of biology at Lakeland University, and Justin Barrett, instructor of wind energy technology at Lakeshore Technical College, will share their comments to begin a lively open forum.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation in government; works to increase understanding of major issues; and influences public policy through education and advocacy. It was founded in 1920, prior to ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote.
The Sheboygan league formed last spring and has held previous public forums on gerrymandering, health care, and Great Lakes preservation.