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Oakton Community College Presents Update of Film, "An Inconvenient Truth"

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By Geri Wasserman

Faculty members from Oakton Community College, in coordination with Organizing for Action and The Climate Reality Project, will present a commentary titled, "An Inconvenient Truth 2.0 Our Earth at its Tipping Point: It's Not Too Late". Presenters David Nadolski, MFA, and Paul Gulezian, Ph.D., will present material updating former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore's award-winning environmental film, "An Inconvenient Truth". The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place on Tuesday, August 27, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., at Oakton Community College's Acorn Room, 7701 N. Lincoln Avenue, in Skokie.

Presenter David Nadolski, MFA, Adjunct Professor of Speech at Oakton Community College, recently was trained by former Vice President Al Gore to present the updated slide show that was at the core of the film, "An Inconvenient Truth". Paul Gulezian, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Biology at Oakton Community College, where he teaches environmental science, biology, and a biology/chemistry undergraduate research course. His Ph.D. is from the University of Illinois Chicago in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

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State legislators were invited to the event, and in attendance will be Robyn Gabel, (D), State Representative, 18th District of Illinois, and Debra Shore, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Reclamation District, as well as Emily Kluczynski, District Director for State Representative Elaine Nekritz, (D), 57th District of Illinois; and Al Curtis, Community Outreach Representative for Lou Lang, (D), State Representative and Deputy Majority Leader, 16th District of Illinois. Although these officials are in support of efforts to combat climate change, many are not. Organizing for Action, OFA, hopes the presentation will encourage legislators to take another look at the facts about climate change.

The OFA mission statement regarding climate change states: "We know that climate change is real, and that it's happening now. The basics of climate science are accepted by 97% of climate scientists, and are not in dispute. Despite these facts, many in Congress refuse to act, and even worse, some deny that this problem even exists. Our campaign's goal is to change the conversation on climate by building support for President Obama's plan to combat climate change, turning up the heat on Congress, and organizing around clean energy solutions in our communities."

The Climate Reality Project was founded and chaired by former Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore. Its mission statement reads: "The Climate Reality Project is dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis. Despite overwhelming international scientific consensus on climate change, the global community still lacks the resolve to implement meaningful solutions. The Climate Reality Project employs cutting-edge communications and grassroots engagement tools to break the dam of inaction and raise the profile of the climate crisis to its proper state of urgency."

Organizing for Action (OFA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing the policies that the American people voted for in 2012. In just three months more than 1.4 million volunteers have taken action through Organizing for Action. As a grassroots funded social advocacy group OFA is committed to tipping the scales of power back to the American people instead of special interests in Washington. OFA is working to advance policies like job creation, strengthening the middle class, gun violence prevention, comprehensive immigration reform and measures combating climate change. More information at barackobama.com

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