At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Colonial Theatre, Franklin Pierce University’s Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture will screen its newest documentary film, “From Hurricane to Climate Change.” The screening will be free and open to the general public. The Putnam Foundation provided critical support for the production of this film, and we hope you are able to join us for the premiere and for a post-film reception at Margaritas.
From Hurricane to Climate Change documents how the Monadnock region of New Hampshire is addressing the challenges of an increasingly unstable climate. The film opens with scenes from the Hurricane of 1938, the most dramatic meteorological event in recent memory. Towns like Peterborough came together, rebuilding flood-ravaged streets and supporting the construction of projects like the McDowell Dam. Today the threats we face are different. Human activities that release carbon into the atmosphere are causing temperatures to rise and episodes of extreme precipitation to increase. The film highlights a range of regional responses designed to adapt to this new norm and to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Culverts are being resized; businesses are competing to introduce renewable energy; young people are growing crops and investing in farmers markets; and townspeople are working together to envision and implement community resilience. Integrating the voices of experts and ordinary citizens, From Hurricane to Climate Change offers a model of response for this looming environmental challenge for communities across New England and beyond.
A discussion panel will follow the film at the Colonial, featuring local experts and those profiled in the documentary: