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When it comes to climate change, there are many mediums that convey the message. For Dr. Ian Mauro, nothing does the trick like film.
On Oct. 15, Mauro will be previewing his latest film (still unnamed) about climate change at an upcoming live event, A Conversation with David Suzuki, at The Metropolitan Theatre (281 Donald St.). Mauro will be interviewing Suzuki in front of a live audience. Mauro’s documentary, which was filmed in British Columbia, runs 30 minutes long.
Mauro, 36, works in the University of Winnipeg’s geography department. Over the course of his career, he has travelled across North America to make climate change films that address the individual issues of various locations, such as Atlantic Canada, Washington D.C. and Nunavut. His work has been recognized by the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).
"Film is a tool I quickly realized has the power to connect with the public," Mauro said. "There aren’t many scientists that are making feature-length documentaries that I am. That’s a unique way of telling about the complex environments."
The RSC’s Academy of Arts, Humanities and Sciences honours scholars who have done extensive interdisciplinary work, such as Mauro has. His other films cover topics such as biotechnology, fracking and mining and genetically modified crops. Mauro’s made his first film on climate change, Qapirangajuq: Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change with Zacharias Kunuk, who has been recognised by TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) for his work on Atanarjuat The Fast Runner.
"I’m interested in social change and creating awareness that leads people into action," Mauro said. "I’m into making films about peoples’ backyards so they can recognize how they can create healthy environments for themselves and the future."
Mauro has toured and worked with Suzuki for over a decade. Suzuki will be visiting Winnipeg for the preview on Oct. 15. The two have had the opportunity to capture climate change on film and translate it into a powerful message for audiences.
"To be able to work with (David) this closely and see the impacts in his home is quite an honour," Mauro said. "I can tell you with certainty that not only is (climate change) happening, it poses an enormous threat to our future, and I want to use the power of film and the power of storytelling to engage people in conversations."
When Mauro isn’t working on films, he spends time in his hometown — Winnipeg. The instructor plans on settling down for the time being at the University.
"I try to bring these experiences into the classroom and engage the students," he said. "I watched the glaciers melt, watched the sea ice not return. You can’t feel anything but compelled to do something… there’s so many things we can do to make a positive contribution to our future. The most important is recognizing in our hearts and in our minds that climate change is real, and that every decision we make can be part of the solution."
For tickets to the Oct. 15 preview and event, please visit: www.uwinnipeg.ca/suzuki