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Film Screening: Anote’s Ark

Screening of Anote’s Ark, a film by Matthieu Rytz, followed by a discussion with featured guest Micheal Roman, PH.D., the University of Cincinnati, joined by Jason Cervenec, Education & Outreach Director, and Aaron Wilson, PH.D., Senior Research Associate, of the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center.

What if the sea swallowed your country? The idyllic Pacific Island nation of Kiribati will be submerged within decades due to climate change. As President Anote Tong passionately embarks upon a race against time to save his people and 4,000 years of Kiribati culture, islanders are already feeling the pressure to relocate. Set against the backdrop of international climate negotiations and the fight to recognize climate displacement as an urgent human rights issue, Anote’s Ark presents personal stories that serve as cautionary tales for the entire world.



This event is free; registration is recommended. Light refreshments provided in addition to a cash bar.

Michael Roman, PH.D. Featured Guest

Michael Tomas Roman, the co-founder of Humans of Kiribati, former Peace Corps Volunteer, and Fulbright Fellow, has traveled around the world speaking about the human faces of climate change for the past 16 years. Completing his Ph.D. in 2014, he works at the University of Cincinnati.

In his free time, he partners with governments, international media organizations, non-profit associations, and concerned citizens from across the globe to raise awareness and create concrete actions for those living on the front lines of climate change.

Special thanks to The Ohio State University Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
for making this program possible.