Green Wednesdays at KPU Langley

Mon, Oct 7, 2013

For immediate release

October 7, 2013

Green Wednesdays at KPU Langley

Metro Vancouver, BC – The Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) school of horticulture, in collaboration with the non-profit Green Ideas Network, is proud to announce the sixth season of Green Wednesdays: A monthly series of engaging documentaries about climate change, sustainability, agriculture and food.

Beginning this week and continuing every second* Wednesday of each month until April, the public is invited to view informative films with KPU horticulture and environmental protection technology students, as well as popular guest speakers. Each screening will be followed by spirited conversation and open public dialogue exploring issues related to what we eat, and the resources required to sustain our species.

“The films challenge viewers to consider ways we can make our world better for people, places and plants,” says Betty Cunnin, KPU horticulture instructor and faculty support for Green Wednesdays. "Since its beginnings, Green Wednesdays has explored issues pertaining to the ecological impacts of human choice on our lives, and those of generations to come. Past patrons have been inspired to start the Langley Farmer’s Market, initiate food gardens in their children’s schools and work with local councils to reduce water waste. Participants have been encouraged to share and explore ideas with their community on how we can create a more just and sustainable planet for all living species.”

This season’s movies include the multi-award winning film Chasing Ice, which explores the world’s rapidly changing glaciers; and the internationally acclaimed documentary GMO OMG, a fact-finding investigation into our world’s food systems. The screenings, held at the Langley campus, are sponsored by A Bread Affair, Nature’s Fare Markets, VanCity, Ethical Bean Coffee Company and Bullfrog Power.

Each movie begins at 7 p.m. in Room 1030 on the KPU campus at 20901 Langley bypass. Admission to each event is by donation. Registration is recommended due to limited seating. Most evenings will include free draws for various – and often tasty – door prizes.

The 2013-2014 season is open to students, faculty, community and the public. The opening event on October 9 will be jointly run with the Langley Environmental Partners Society (LEPS), in celebration of BC Rivers Day and WaterWeeks. Waterweeks, hosted by LEPS in partnership with the Township of Langley, is an annual series of events that provide residents with the opportunity to experience, appreciate and take action to protect the community’s watersheds and wildlife habitats.

The 2013-2014 season of films is scheduled to present:

  • October 9: “Mysteries of the Great Lakes” (44 min) &“Yukon Circles” (27 min)
  • November 13: “Dirty Business: Clean Coal and the Battle for our Energy Future” (60 min)
  • December 4*: “The Economics of Happiness” (67 min)
  • January 15*: “Chasing Ice” (75 min)
  • February 12: “Edible City” (70 min) & “The Sharing Farm” (14 min)
  • March 12: “Programmed to be Fat” (45 min) & “Forever Plastic” (10 min)
  • April 9: “GMO OMG” (90 min)

For more information or to register, contact: Betty Cunnin at 604-599-3348 or

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