Environmental Film Series -- Red Gold

Feb 7, 2017, 7:00pm - 8:45pm
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering & Chemistry Room 130

The School of Environment and Natural Resources & Office of Energy and Environment invite you to the Spring 2017 Environmental Film Series, with lively discussions led by leading OSU and local experts. This showing is “Red Gold,” an environmental documentary of planned Pebble Mine in Alaska, now perhaps abandoned with Robyn Wilson, PhD, sociology professor; and Don Dean, PhD, Trout Unlimited Ohio leader.

Free free pizzas and beverages @ 6:45.

This public offering is also a Spring 2017 course offering through ENR 4193 Section 32330 and  ENR 6193 Section 34528.
Complete sign up by Friday, January 13th for an independent study course by attending the six films/discussions and writing essays afterwards. Syllabus at go.osu.edu/enr-4193 and go.osu.edu/enr-6193. Consult your faculty advisor to determine how this 1-credit course may meet requirements for your major.

Instructor: David Hanselmann (hanselmann.3@osu.edu or 614-247-1908)

Film Synopsis
At the headwaters of the Kvichak and the Nushagak Rivers in Bristol Bay Alaska—home to the two largest remaining sockeye salmon runs on the planet—mining companies Northern Dynasty and Anglo American have proposed to extract what may prove to be the richest deposit of gold and copper in the world. Telluride filmmakers Ben Knight and Travis Rummel spent 70 days in Bristol Bay documenting the growing unrest among native, commercial and sport fishermen who oppose the proposed Pebble Mine as well as giving mine officials a chance to argue their case. The open-pit and underground Pebble Mine could require the largest dam ever constructed to contain toxic runoff from mine waste. Red Gold is a portrait of a unique way of life that would not exist if the salmon didn't return with Bristol Bay's tide.

Late 2016 news per proposed mine: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/pebble-mine/  
NYT 11/6/15 op-ed by Michael Kowalski, Board Chair and former CEO, Tiffany and Company  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/07/opinion/when-gold-isnt-worth-the-price...
Rio Tinto (British/Australian international mining company) in 2014 pulls out of Pebble Mine, donating shares to two Alaskan NGOs: Alaska Community Foundation and the Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation