Dear President Obama with discussion

For Immediate Release:  Oct. 18, 2016

BLOOMSBURG—Approximately 20,000 oil spills are reported each year to the federal government.

Bloomsburg University will delve deeper into this issue with a screening of “Dear President Obama” on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in Hartline Science Center, Kuster Auditorium. Sponsored by BU’s American Democracy Project and Green Campus Initiative, admission is free and open to the public.

The film takes a cross-country look at drilling, highlighting oil contaminations, the stories of victims and the promise of an economic boom, with a focus on clean energy solutions that would allow a future that does not rely on fossil fuel extraction. It includes interviews with scientists, economists, health professionals and geologists, providing information in an attempt to convince the current president to join the “anti-drilling” movement and call for fossil fuels to be left in the ground.

Chris Podeschi, associate professor of sociology, will lead a discussion following the film on how climate change affects people who already fight poverty and hunger.

The American Democracy Project is a combination of 219 state colleges and universities that seek to create an intellectual and experiential understanding of community engagement for undergraduates. The goal of the project is to produce graduates who understand and are committed to engaging in meaningful actions as citizens in a democracy.

BU’s Green Campus Initiative is dedicated to educating students on environmentally sustainable practices and procedures. 

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.