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CSU hosts test screening for documentary that will be shown at Copenhagen UN Climate Change Conf.

November 3, 2009

Colorado State University and its School of Global Environmental Sustainability will host a special test screening of "Climate Refugees," a documentary examining the plight of 25 million people displaced by climate change, at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Lory Student Center Theatre. The film will be shown at United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Copenhagen later this year.

Updated Nov. 11, 2009

All tickets have been distributed

All tickets to the test screening of Climate Refugees have been distributed. Ticket holders may line up in the hallway north of the Curfman Gallery prior to doors opening at 5:15 p.m. Please arrive early.

Ticket holders will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis in the Lory Student Center Theatre. Additional seating will be available in a designated overflow space for ticket holders that do not secure seating in the theatre.

For those without tickets: A first-come, first-served line for those without tickets will form in the Lory Student Center east atrium near First National Bank and RAMtech. Those without tickets will be admitted as space allows once all ticket holders have been seated.


Human face on climate change

“We are putting a human face to climate change,” said director of the film, Michael Nash. “We traveled around the world, from the islands of the South Pacific to the coast of Alaska interviewing refugees on the run. Our interviews with refugees, scholars, and politicians describe the collision of overpopulation, lack of resources and our changing climate that is creating what is quickly becoming humankind’s greatest challenge.”

Tickets available first to campus

The test screening is free and open to the public. Colorado State students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to get tickets before tickets become available to the general public.

Starting Wednesday, Nov. 4, CSU students, faculty, and staff can pick up their tickets from the CSU Campus Box Office with a valid campus ID. Up to four tickets per ID will be issued. Tickets are not available online.

General public tickets available Nov. 6

Tickets for the general public will be available starting Friday, Nov. 6. The Campus Box Office, located in the Lory Student Center, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

A climate refugee is a person displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters such as incremental and rapid ecological change resulting in increased droughts, desertification, sea level rise and other extreme weather events.

Urgent message to all of us

“CSU excels in climate change research and the impacts of climate change on people, food, water, disease and ecosystems. This film brings an urgent message to all of us that our world is changing rapidly,” said Diana Wall, director of CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability.

“Climate Refugees” was executively produced by Patrick McConathy, chair of the Board of Governors of the Colorado State University System.

Spur discussion and debate

“The film is designed to spur discussion and debate about the effects of climate change on our planet,” said McConathy. “Colorado State is the perfect place to debut the film.”

For more information on “Climate Refugees,” including a movie trailer, visit

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