Decoding the Weather Machine: A Virtual Community Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Banner image with logos for Alfred University and the American Libraries Association. Grant title reads: Resilient Communities Libraries Respond to Climate Change

Alfred University Libraries are happy to present the first film screening associated with the ALA grant, Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change.

The documentary, Decoding the Weather Machine, is available for anyone to stream at this link: streaming link. The film explores the science behind changes in the weather machine, specifically looking at the science behind climate change. NOVA is a science series produced by WGBH Boston that airs on PBS.

Disastrous hurricanes. Widespread droughts and wildfires. Withering heat. Extreme rainfall. It is hard not to conclude that something’s up with the weather, and many scientists agree. It’s the result of the weather machine itself—our climate—changing, becoming hotter and more erratic. In this two-hour documentary, NOVA will cut through the confusion around climate change. Why do scientists overwhelmingly agree that our climate is changing, and that human activity is causing it? How and when will it affect us through the weather we experience? And what will it take to bend the trajectory of planetary warming toward more benign outcomes? Join scientists around the world on a quest to better understand the workings of the weather and climate machine we call Earth, and discover how we can be resilient—even thrive—in the face of enormous change.


The libraries will host a virtual community panel discussion featuring an interdisciplinary group of Alfred University students and faculty: Dr. Frederic Beaudry, Marianne Chenard, and Dale Mott Slater. The online panel will take place on Zoom, and each panelist will speak about their perspective on themes from the film. This will be followed by a moderated Q & A. Register to join us on March 15, 2021 from 4-5 PM EST here: Registration Form.

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