The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Canberra was delighted to sponsor this year’s Environmental Film Festival Australia. For the first time the festival came to Canberra for a weekend of fascinating documentaries and films focusing on climate change. The Embassy had the pleasure of hosting a screening of the documentary, “ThuleTuvalu” and panel discussion at the Palace Electric Cinema on Saturday 12th September.
The Norwegian ambassador, Unni Kløvstad, gave the opening speech to an almost full cinema, which included the ACT Chief Deputy Minister Simon Corbell and other distinguished guests. Her remarks highlighted how climate change can be effectively communicated through personal stories as shown by the documentary showed, and how events in such remote corners of the world are so intrinsically linked.
The movie, “Thule Tuvalu”, touched the audience with its gripping and insightful storyline, following families in the most remote part of Greenland and the small islands of Thuvalu. Following the screening a panel that included, Linh Do (The verb), Janette Lindesay (Fenner school of environment ANU) and Mark Stafford-Smith (CSIRO) discussed the topics from the documentary and the wider issues around climate change.
The Royal Norwegian Embassy wishes the Environmental Film Festival and everybody involved in it, the best of luck as the they move on to their last destination: Hobart.