Cinema Verde/Green Drinks’ First Environmental Film Screening June 5

Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival has merged with Green Drinks to feature environmental films at Gators 4 in the Oaks Mall Plaza, which is slated to reopen its doors this month. The first Cinema Verde film screening will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 in conjunction with a Green Drinks Gainesville meeting. Everyone interested in environmental issues and sustainable solutions is welcome to join – and please bring a friend.

“The goal of Cinema Verde and Green Drinks, our sustainable networking group, is to broaden the reach of environmental information so people will learn about how we can protect the natural beauty around us to benefit our children and future generations,” said Trish Riley, director of Cinema Verde. “We’re hoping that moving from downtown to this west side location will make it easier for families to come dine and learn with us.”

Celebrations Catering will be on hand at 6 p.m. to offer appetizers, dinners and drinks so audiences can relax and have a night off while making new friends. Riley will select from among the award-winning films screened at the Cinema Verde Environmental Film & Arts Festival in February and will also present some newer films which have not previously been screened at the festival, such as “The Island President,” the film planned for Wednesday. “The Island President” is about the former president of the Maldive Islands who gained fame at Copenhagen for his fight to protect the island nation from sea rise due to climate change. More than just a fascinating story about a charismatic fellow in a faraway place, “The Island President” should be of interest to our community, since parts of coastal Florida are also expected to be underwater in less than 50 years. The Miami Herald recently wrote that “it could happen faster than experts predicted only a few years ago — with a damaging two-foot rise potentially coming in less than 50 years, not the next century.”

Please plan to join us and help bring this essential information to our community and support those working in sustainable ventures to create a healthier future. Tickets may be purchased online, with students and seniors receiving a discount.