DePauw News: '11th Hour' film screening encourages change
Posted on Oct 5th, 2007
Though the first half of Leonardo DiCaprio's "The 11th Hour" left students feeling dismal about the state of the environment, the second act was redeeming.Wallace J. Nichols '89 warned the audience of the film's power before the screening.
"Do not leave halfway through, you may not survive," Nichols said. "It's really important to view this film as a whole."
The film, produced and narrated by DiCaprio, was brought to campus as part of this year's DePauw Discourse to increase the conversation around sustainability. Before the film's viewing, Nichols and environmental experts Bill McKibben and Greg Watson participated in brief discussion moderated by professor Jennifer Everret. They shared their thoughts on the message of the film.
"It's been called the ultimate horror movie, action flick and feel-good movie all wrapped into one," Everett said.
Watson highlighted the film's dual nature.
"The bad news is really bad. It's been bad for quite a while. The sense of urgency is real," Watson said. "But the good news is that a number of people have been working on addressing these problems for a long time."
Though he approved of the film's message, McKibben said the important thing to remember is that political action is necessary to enact change.
"Yes, screw in the new light bulb, but when you're done, screw in the new congressmen," McKibben said.