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Global Environmental Storytelling with the Pulitzer Center

Event Date:

March 24, 2016 | 6:00 PM EDT
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In the island of Sulawesi outside the city of Bombala, a 3-year-old girl bathes in runoff from a nearby gold mining operation. Small scale gold mining is common in this part of Sulawesi and constant exposure to mercury vapors during gold production has tainted groundwater and food sources consumed by the local population. Image by Larry C. Price. Indonesia, 2015.

Pulitzer Center journalists explore critical global environmental issues through visual storytelling during "Global Environmental Storytelling," an evening program on Thursday, March 24, 2016, in collaboration with the Environmental Film Festival of the Nation's Capital. Three short documentaries examine vanishing groundwater around the globe, mercury pollution as an environmental concern as well as public health issue, and the impact of water transfer projects.

Following the screenings, filmmakers and journalists Steve Elfers, Ian James, Sharron Lovell and Larry C. Price join Richard Fuller, president and founder of Pure Earth, for a discussion. Jon Sawyer, founder and executive director of the Pulitzer Center, moderates.

Documentary titles and synopses:
"Pumped Dry: The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater"

Across the globe, supplies of groundwater are rapidly vanishing. As aquifers decline and wells go dry, people are being forced to confront a growing crisis. A film by Ian James and Steve Elfers, for USA Today/The Desert Sun. RT: 20 minutes

"Gold's Lethal Toll in Indonesia"
Small-scale gold mining, widespread throughout the developing world, is one of the biggest sources of mercury pollution. A film by photojournalist Larry C. Price and producer P.J. Tobia for PBS NewsHour, part of an Emmy-award winning series on gold mining. RT: 7 minutes.

"Drinking the Northwest Wind: China's South-North Water Transfer Project"
Like so many of Mao's pronouncements, it sounded simple: "The South has a lot of water; the North lacks water. So if it can be done, borrowing a little water and bringing it up might do the trick." What China's huge water-transfer project means for those at both ends of the pipeline. A film by Sharron Lovell and Tom Wang for Foreign Policy/China File. RT: 11 minutes

Please register to attend at:

Global Environmental Storytelling
An evening Pulitzer Center program in collaboration with the Environmental Film Festival of the Nation's Capital
Thursday, March 24, 2016
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Carnegie Institution for Science
Root Auditorium
1530 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Reception to follow: Remember to register to reserve your seat for the screening and discussion at Global Environmental Storytelling.


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