Green films come to Long Island City
by Andrew Pavia
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Coffeed, located at 37-18 Northern Boulevard that will be hosting the film screenings.
Coffeed, located at 37-18 Northern Boulevard that will be hosting the film screenings.
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Long Island City will play host later this month to a series of free film screenings focused on bringing awareness to environmental issues.

The screenings will take place at Coffeed, 37-18 Northern Boulevard, on September 16, 23, and 30 at 7 p.m. All screenings are free and open to the public.

The three films are Do The Math, The Crash Course and Crisis of Civilization. Each film focuses on the need for people to change in order to protect the environment.

The event is being organized by Dan Miner, former senior vice president of the Long Island City Partnership.

“New York City will have to adapt to a longterm climate change while working to slow it down, and at the same time build resilience for extreme weather events and disruptions which climate change will make more frequent,” said Miner. “This is a not just a job for the next mayor, but for all New Yorkers.”

Miner is brining the film series to Long Island City first because he believes that the community is very receptive to ideas regarding climate change. He will use these first three events to determine if he will screen the films in other locations throughout the city.

“Raising public awareness about our environment, energy and economic challenges can tap into the creativity of New Yorkers,” Miner said. “We need to get the business community and civic groups talking about this.”

Frank “Turtle” Raffaele owns Coffeed, which sells food items using locally grown ingredients, some from the rooftop farm on top of the store. He also composts garbage from the shop.

“We are very happy to support this venture,” Raffaele said. “It’s great to bring awareness to environmental issues and the need for environmental sustainability.”

After the screenings, organizers will encourage the audience members to discuss the issues highlighted by each film. They will also be given information on local groups and programs that can assist them in moving toward environmental sustainability in their community.

“Many initiatives can build resilience, cut carbon emissions, save money and create local jobs all at the same time,” said Miner.

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