WWU Sponsors Environmental Event

University to show "Red Gold" and host discussion

By: Becky St. Clair

"Red Gold," a documentary about a controversial proposed open pit mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay, will show at Walla Walla University on Thursday, April 2.

Walla Walla University will present “Red Gold,” a documentary on a proposed open-pit mine in the Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska, followed by presentations by various speakers on the topic of the environmental impact of the proposed mine.  This event will take place on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center, located at 200 South College Avenue.

Located in south west Alaska, the Pebble Mine project is a proposed mine that would be the largest open-pit mine in North America. The projected yield from this mine has been estimated at $300 billion dollars, but what does this mean for the Alaskan surroundings?

This film was produced to see the potential impact a mine of this size would have on the lives of the people living in the area, as well as the pristine environment. Critically acclaimed as one of the most influential environmental films of our time, Red Gold has something to offer for everyone.

Following the showing of “Red Gold,” there will be a discussion led by local professors and community members.  Speakers include Jon Cole, professor of civil engineering and environmental studies at Walla Walla University, Bob Carson, professor of geology and environmental studies at Whitman College, and Kevin Scribner, owner of Kooskooskie Fish, a direct-market initiative affiliated with Wildcatch.

This event is free and open to the public.  It is sponsored by WWU’s biology and history clubs, the WWU Humanities Department, the WWU chapter of Amnesty International, and the Associated Students of Walla Walla University (ASWWU).

For more information on "Red Gold," click the link below.

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