CSU, Chico News

Explore Sustainable Energy Solutions with ‘Earth: The Operators’ Manual’

Date: 04-16-2012

Rachel Teasdale, Acting Executive Director
530-898-4121, rteasdale@csuchico.edu
Jim Pushnik, Institute for Sustainable Development
530-898-3333, jpushnik@csuchico.edu
Joe Wills, Public Affairs Director
530-898-4143, jwills@csuchico.edu

Gateway Science Museum and the Institute for Sustainable Development are hosting a free public viewing of the PBS special, “Earth: The Operators’ Manual” April 30 and May 1 at the Chico Area Recreation District.

“Earth: The Operators’ Manual” is a critically acclaimed PBS documentary on climate change and sustainable energy solutions. Host Richard Alley — registered Republican, geologist, former oil company employee, and expert on climate change and renewable energy — heads up a diverse cast that includes farmers, military personnel, researchers, engineers, energy entrepreneurs, community leaders, government officials and regular citizens. All of them see the tremendous economic and employment potential of sustainable energy, as well as the benefits to climate. While the national media, politicians and even some frustrated advocates are caught up in a destructive election-year debate on “the reality of climate change,” these folks aren’t interested in polemics. As the series shows us, they’re mobilizing to make a difference for themselves and their communities.

The documentary is divided into three segments, which will be broadcast for free at CARD, 545 Vallombrosa Ave., Chico, on the following dates:

  • Monday, April 30, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. will feature the first two parts of the series, “Earth: The Operators’ Manual” and “Powering the Planet.”
  • Tuesday, May 1, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. will feature “Energy Quest USA” with a community discussion to follow.

“Earth: The Operators’ Manual” free public viewing in Chico is presented by CSU, Chico’s Institute for Sustainable Development, Rawlins Endowed Professorship for Environmental Literacy and Gateway Science Museum.