June 12, 2002 - NPCA: Film Fest at National Zoo on June 22

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Film Fest at National Zoo on June 22

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Film Fest at National Zoo *

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Film Fest at National Zoo

Fest Saturday, June 22, 9AM - 5PM at the Zoo Auditorium at the National Zoo As part of our celebration of the Peace Corps, we will revisit some of our countries of service via film. Explore various environmental, economic and cultural topics from around the globe on the big screen. Guest filmmakers will be present to engage in informal discussions after their films. Also as part of Zoo Fest's commitment to the environment, a special workshop on global warming will be presented. Click on Zoo Fest for full details.

9AM: AFRICA EXTREME (2001, 53 min.) documents the remarkable1,200-mile trek across equatorial Africa by ecologist Dr. J. Michael Fay (Tunisia 78-80, Central African Republic 80-85). Robin Freeman (Cameroon 92-94) is the film¹s producer.

10.30AM: PEACE CORPS AND GLOBAL WARMING: THE 21ST CENTURY CHALLENGE (90 min). This special workshop is moderated by RPCV Mike Tidwell and includes the film entitled THE CLIMATE REPORT (13 min) See full details below.

12PM: THE LANGUAGE YOU CRY IN (1998, 52 min., in English and Mende with English subtitles) tells a scholarly detective story that reaches from 18th-century Sierra Leone to the Gullah people of modern-day Georgia and South Carolina. The film is based on research conducted by anthropologist Joe Opala (Sierra Leone '74-'78) who will lead a discussion immediately following the film.

1.30PM: TRADITIONS FOR SALE (1996, 50 min. in English and Hungarian with English subtitles) is a behind-the-scenes look at some Hungarian folk artists who, because of the new capitalistic climate, are making their cultural traditions for tourists to buy. Filmmaker Sally Gati (Nigeria '64-'66) will moderate a Q&A session after the film.

3.00PM: RETURN TO BELAYE: A RITE OF PASSAGE (2001, 80 min.) follows documentary filmmaker Amy Flannery (Senegal 86-88) on a journey to the village of her husband, Papis Goudiaby, to record his tribal initiation into manhood.

Special Workshop at Zoo Fest: Peace Corps and Global Warming: The 21st Century Challenge (90 min.) In this workshop, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers will learn about the rapidly growing impacts of global warming, especially on developing nations where RPCVs have served. RPCV Mike Tidwell will moderate and be one of three main presenters. The workshop will begin with a 13-minute film called The Climate Report (see description below). Mike Tidwell will then introduce climate scientist Mike MacCracken, who will review several scientific studies, which project significant negative changes from global warming on agriculture and ecosystems in the developing world. Tidwell will then encourage RPCVs work in their home communities to promote renewable energy and conservation as a way of helping stabilize the global climate and thus help developing nations. The workshop will end with a presentation by RPCV Jack Werner giving more details of how RPCVs can get involved at all levels to stop global warming through education, organizing, and adopting renewable energy systems in their own homes.

THE CLIMATE REPORT (13 min. part of overall workshop) -- This 13-minute film is a public education project co-produced by Sierra Club and The Climate Institute, and directed by Sam Love. The film reviews the basic scientific findings about global warming and its impacts as established by the United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The film also features interviews with prominent climate and health scientists from the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency, and Johns Hopkins University. This film was made possible by grants from The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The John Merck Fund, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Climate Institute is funded by the EPA and major foundations.

Presenters: Mike Tidwell is an RPCV (Congo '85-'87) and executive director of The Chesapeake Climate Action Network in Takoma Park, MD, funded by The Rockefeller Brothers Fund. He has written extensively about the science and impacts of global warming for such publications as The Washington Post and The Ecologist magazine.

Michael MacCracken is on assignment from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to the Office of the interagency US Global Change Research Program in Washington DC, serving as senior scientist and having recently headed their coordination office for the National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change for the US. Dr. MacCracken received his B.S. in Engineering from Princeton University in 1964 and Ph.D. from the University of California Davis in Applied Science in 1968. His research has involved modeling of the global climate and various natural and anthropogenic factors contributing to its change. A Fellow of the AAAS, he is also co-editor of the recently published Encyclopedia of Global Environmental Change.

Jack Werner (RPCV Gabon, '68-'70) is an independent consultant as well as a Senior Associate of The Stella Group, Ltd. and the Climate Institute regarding international/national environmental and energy issues. Most recently, Jack has been a consultant to federal agencies, state/local government associations, local governments, and private sector organizations in a wide range of energy/environmental related activities. He served as the Director of Energy, Environment, and Sustainable Development programs for Public Technology, Inc. and its Urban Consortium. He is a founding member of various organizations such as the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), the Joint Center for Sustainable Communities (JCSC), and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC). Jack has extensive policy-development experience as well as hands-on work in the design and implementation of sustainable development and energy/environment strategies and projects in communities.

How to get to the Zoo

The National Zoo is in northwest Washington, D.C., in the midst of quiet residential neighborhoods. There are several way to get to the National Zoo. The Zoo's mailing address is 3001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., and there are pedestrian and vehicle entrances here, at the west side of the Zoo.

There are two entrances for pedestrians and vehicles at the east side of the Zoo, near Rock Creek. One is off of Rock Creek Parkway, the other is at Harvard Street and Adams Mill Road.

The Zoo is just a few minutes by public transportation or car from the Capitol, the White House, and the Smithsonian museums on the Mall.

To get to the Zoo by public transportation:

* By Metrorail (Click for more information.):
Take the Red Line to the Woodley Park/Zoo/Adams-Morgan stop or the Cleveland Park stop; the Zoo entrance lies half-way between these stops, and both are a short walk from the Zoo.
Tip: It's an uphill walk from Woodley Park to the Zoo, and level one from Cleveland Park. We suggest you arrive at Cleveland Park and leave at either stop.

* Metrobus:
Lines L1 and L2 stop at the Zoo's Connecticut Avenue entrance.
H2, H3 and H4 stop at the Zoo's Harvard Street entrance.
(See the bus routes and schedules.)


Mount Pleasant - Adams Morgan Line, Routes H5, H7
These routes were extended in order to improve access between Mount Pleasant and Adams Morgan and the Cleveland Park Metro Station and a portion of Connecticut Avenue.

Route H5 operates in a clockwise loop starting at the Columbia Heights Metro Station on Irving Street N.W. and operate via 14th Street, Columbia Road, Calvert Street, 24th Street, Connecticut Avenue, Porter Street, Klingle Road, Park Road, Mount Pleasant Street, and Irving Street back to the Columbia Heights Station.

Route H7 operates in a counterclockwise direction starting at the Columbia Heights Station on Irving Street and operate via 14th Street, Columbia Road, Harvard Street (around the park at 16th Street and Columbia Road), Mount Pleasant Street, Park Road, Klingle Road, Porter Street, Connecticut Avenue, Calvert Street, Columbia Road, Harvard Street (around the same park), Mount Pleasant Street, and Irving Street back to the Columbia Heights Station.

To get to the Zoo by car:
Enter the Zoo from Connecticut Avenue, Harvard Street, or Rock Creek Parkway. Remember, parking in the Zoo and nearby is limited, so we encourage you to use public transportation if possible.

By Car from Virginia via:

* Route I-66
* I-95
* Route 50

By Car from Maryland via:

* I-95
* Route 50
* Route 5
* Route 4
* Route I-81 & I-270
* From BWI Airport via BW Parkway


Zoo parking costs $5 for the first 3 hours, plus $2 each additional hour up to a total of $11 per day, but is free for FONZ members. Lots fill early in the day during the summer, so plan to arrive by 9:30 (animals are more active early in the day anyway), or take the Metro.

Tour bus parking is extremely limited, and can be guaranteed only to groups that book one of our Group Safari Packages. Tour buses may not drop off passengers on Connecticut Avenue. This is both unsafe and illegal.

Go to the National Zoo Page for more detailed information.

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