In an effort to raise awareness for the upcoming New Jersey Climate March, Water Watch presented a short film on biofuels and their potential impact on Thursday.
The film, “Freedom Fuels: Exploring Biodiesel,” is a 45-minute documentary written and directed by Martin O’Brien. It stressed the history and future of biodiesel and its potential impact on global warming.
“I actually contacted the gentleman who made the documentary,” Andrew Mathe, sophomore biology major and publicity coordinator at Water Watch, said. “He’s giving it out for free . because he just wants to get the word out.”
“Freedom Fuels” used interviews, news packages and even clips from shows as diverse as “The Simpsons” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to explore the history and potential of biodiesel.
The possible impact of global warming was also discussed, with emphasis placed on changing current levels of waste and pollution in the country.
The film is just one of many events that Water Watch is planning in correlation to the New Jersey Climate March, scheduled to reach the College on Sunday.
The march, which may include 300 to 600 students, “strives to advance the Global Warming Response Act, a piece of legislation that will require New Jersey to reduce its global warming pollution by 20 percent by the year 2020,” according to a press release on the College’s Web site.
The following day, April 16, will be the official march on Trenton, which will include students and faculty from Rutgers and Princeton universities as well as the College.
“We’re hoping to outdo the other schools in terms of support and events,” Mathe said.
“It’s more of a grassroots movement,” Benjamin David Novak, senior business management major and president of Water Watch, said, referring to the events scheduled on campus. They include lectures, seminars, tabling in Brower Student Center and information sessions. “By far, it’s Water Watch’s biggest event of the year,” Novak said.
The rally is taking place in conjunction with the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that the Bush administration has failed to address global warming, according to Novak.
The rally at the College, which is scheduled to last from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., will include a bus trip to Lawrenceville and a petition drive with a goal of 1,000 signatures, according to njclimatemarch.org.