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A Sea Change 

When: Fri., July 20, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: Free

"And God said unto them, be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the Earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea ..." The Hebrew God's grant of dominion has helped define Western attitudes toward the natural world for millennia, but conscientious followers of the Abrahamic faiths have lately been using another word, stewardship, to define a more responsible, less exploitive relationship to creation. It's in that spirit that the congregation at Duke Chapel's Environmental Stewardship Committee presents tonight's screening of the 2009 documentary A Sea Change.

The film wisely avoids cataloging the long list of humanity's assaults on the sea: overfishing, pollution via runoff or dumping and the great garbage gyre. It concentrates on perhaps the most potentially disastrous effect of global warming on the ocean: acidification, as the water dissolves ever greater draughts of carbon dioxide, changing its basic chemistry with foreseeably disastrous effects on marine life.

A Sea Change was produced by a husband-and-wife team, Barbara Ettinger and Sven Huseby. They personalize the story by focusing on Sven's relationship with his young grandson, to whom he writes a rueful letter of generational contrition to be read when the boy is old enough to understand, if not forgive.

The screening begins at dusk on the lawn in front of the chapel. —Marc Maximov

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