One Earth Film Fest Comes to Evanston

For the fifth year running, the One Earth Film Fest is showing its dynamic and thought-provoking films on climate and nature in the Chicagoland area. The festival includes 35 films on topics such as the environmental detriments of the clothing industry and the impacts of climate change around the world — and one of the films will be shown in our very own Evanston!

On Saturday, March 5, the film “Banking Nature” will be shown at Northwestern’s Harris Hall, or 1881 Sheridan Rd, for free. “Banking Nature” is a provocative documentary from filmmakers Dennis Delestra and Sandrine Feydel that explores the increasing attempts to monetize the natural world and to reap profits from endangered species and threatened areas. The documentary examines how this business strategy and perspective sees capitalism and free markets as the systems that will save the planet, rather than the systems that have threatened it.

After the film screening, which is free and open to the public, a panel of experts will discuss the themes of the movie and innovations in conservation strategy. The speakers include:

  • Mark Witte, Department of Economics, Northwestern University
  • Jason Funk, Senior Climate Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Tom Hodgman, Director of Conservation Transactions for NatureVest — which is the impact-investment unit of The Nature Conservancy.
  • Facilitator: Dorie Blesoff, Adjunct Faculty, Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy in the Learning and Organizational Change Program

For a full description of this film, to see its trailer, and to register for tickets, visit

This event is free and open to the public! A $5 donation per film is appreciated. Register early! Seating is limited.

For a look at One Earth Film Festival’s full film list and trailers, festival schedule, and to reserve tickets see!

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