Kokota: The Islet of Hope

Craig Norris/2016/29 min/Climate Change

FILM DESCRIPTION: This beautiful and hopeful film packs a lot into just 30 minutes. It’s told from the perspective of Kokota Mbarouk Mussa Omar, who is from a small East African Island called Pemba. Nearly ten years ago he visited a tiny neighboring islet called Kokota and was shocked by what he saw. The island was teetering towards collapse, and climate change and deforestation were the culprits. He desperately wanted to help, but what could one man do? It turns out, he -- and the islanders -- could do a lot. This short documentary won top prizes at the DC Environmental Film Festival and at India's largest eco film festival. CMS Vatavaran introduces viewers to resilient people living on the front lines of climate change.

Teens and young adults encouraged to attend.

Saturday, March 10, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. [Lake County]
Warren Township High School, 34090 Almond Rd.
Blackbox Theater, Gurnee

Join us for a lively discussion led by Warren Township High School AP Environmental Science students, who selected the films and planned this event, which includes screenings of two short films: Youth as Solutionaries (TEDx), and Kid Warrior: The Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Story. Delve into themes of climate change and resilience with a representative of Earth Guardians, which is a growing movement of young people fighting to protect their future. Learn about other youth engagement programs through Lake County Audubon Society and Citizens Climate Lobby. Facilitators:  Warren Township High School students.

Doors open 30 minutes before start time. Arrive early to avoid lines and get best seats. ADA compliant accessible venue. Refreshments available.