Reel and Meal at the New Deal

Reel and Meal is a monthly film series at the New Deal Cafe exploring vital environmental, animal rights, and social justice issues. Admission to the film is always free, sponsored by several Greenbelt community organizations. Contributions are gladly accepted to cover each month’s donation to a non-profit organization.

Date: Third Monday of every month
Time: We offer a delicious vegan meal for $14 at 6:30pm. The free film starts at 7pm.
Location: New Deal Cafe – 113 Centerway in historic Greenbelt, MD
Public transportation: The cafe is accessible by Metro Buses G12, 13, 14 and 16 from the Greenbelt Metro station.


May 16, 2011

A Sea Change follows the journey of retired history teacher Sven Huseby on his quest to discover what is happening to the world’;s oceans. After reading Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Darkening Sea,” Sven becomes obsessed with the rising acidity of the oceans and what this “sea change” bodes for mankind. His quest takes him to Alaska, California, Washington, and Norway as he uncovers a worldwide crisis that most people are unaware of. Speaking with oceanographers, marine biologists, climatologists, and artists, Sven discovers that global warming is only half the story of the environmental catastrophe that awaits us. Excess carbon dioxide is dissolving in our oceans, changing sea water chemistry. The more acidic water makes it difficult for tiny creatures at the bottom of the food web to form their shells. The effects could work their way up to the fish 1 billion people depend upon for their source of protein.

NASA Oceanographer Sergei Signorini will lead the film discussion.

Preview

Watch the trailer on Youtube.

For more information on this month’s program, contact Bob Calahan of the Chesapeake Education, Arts, and Research Society (CHEARS) at or 301-905-2611.