Youngsters to share their views on climate change
Press release issued: 13 October 2004
200 young people from secondary schools in Bristol will discuss their views on climate change with a Bristol University climate change expert as part of Film Education's 9th National Schools Film Week.
Pupils will have the opportunity to view the film, The Day After Tomorrow, before talking about climate change with expert, Jonathan Bamber, Professor in Physical Geography at Bristol University. BBC Radio Bristol Film Critic, Bill Sims, will facilitate the discussion.
For years, scientists have debated the possibility that warming of the Earth might result in the dramatic cooling of parts of Europe, caused by increased melting of Arctic ice, which might reduce, or even shutdown, the Gulf Stream.
In the film The Day After Tomorrow the Washington-based climatologist, Jack Hall has a premonition of this disaster when he finds himself clinging to a fissure that suddenly appears beside a research station in Antarctica. He's persuaded that global warming will bring on a new Ice Age within 500 to 1,000 years unless world leaders introduce immediate reforms.
Professor Jonathan Bamber said: "Climate change is a subject with far-reaching implications for the future of our planet and the human race. It is important for young people to understand what climate change is and how it might affect them in the future.
"I hope that after the discussion they will have a greater awareness of what is happening in the world and what they can do in the home and at school to help the environment."
The event will take place at Bristol Vue, Merlin Road, Cribbs Causeway.
The film preview will begin at 10 am with the climate change discussion starting at 12 noon.
Film Education is a registered charity funded by the film industry in the UK. Film Education's aim is to encourage and promote the study of film and cinema within the UK national curriculum. In supporting teachers, Film Education aims to give pupils the opportunity to analyse and evaluate a wide range of Media, including film.
The Day After Tomorrow is distributed by Twentieth Century Fox.
The Day After Tomorrow is out on DVD and video on 18 October from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
Professor Jonathan Bamber joined Bristol University in 1996. His main areas of expertise are in the use of satellite and airborne data to monitor and understand the polar regions. More specifically, he has been working on the use of remote sensing data to study the ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland and monitor sea ice in the polar oceans. He is also working on understanding how ice on the planet interacts and may influence the rest of the climate system. He is the author of more than 80 articles on the cryosphere.