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Scientists join director at April 15 U.S. premiere of climate doc <em>Tomorrow</em>

By Robert Sanders

Inspired by articles and a book by UC Berkeley's Anthony Barnosky and Stanford's Liz Hadly, journalist and NGO director Cyril Dion and actor and filmmaker Mélanie Laurent headed out around the world, with a small film crew, in search of a solution to climate change that can save their children.

UC Berkeley’s Anthony Barnosky and his Stanford colleague and wife, Liz Hadly, will join director Cyril Dion on Saturday, April 15, to discuss Dion’s climate change film Tomorrow , which opens in the U.S. on Friday.

The Q&A with the director and three subjects of the film — Barnosky, Hadly and Robert Reed of San Francisco Recology — will follow the 1:45 p.m. screening at the Elmwood Theater, 2966 College Avenue in Berkeley.

The film was sparked by a 2012 paper co-authored by Barnosky and Hadly, which warned that Earth’s climate is approaching environmental tipping points that could irrevocably drive the planet into a scary and uncertain future.

The dire forecast spurred French actress and director Mélanie Laurent into action. She teamed up with Dion to look for a positive way to communicate how these problems can be solved, focusing on people and communities already working on solutions. That led her to interview the two climate scientists, profile San Francisco’s recycling efforts and visit climate activists around the world.

The film, Demain — French for tomorrow — premiered Dec. 1, 2015, in Paris during the COP21 climate summit.

Laurent and Dion’s goal was to inspire, not frighten; to go beyond the disaster scenarios, and share concrete solutions as implemented by hundreds of communities around the world. Laurent, Dion and their colleagues introduce viewers to people making a difference in the fields of food, energy, finance, democracy and education.

Laurent has appeared in more than 40 feature films, including Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds , and starred in By the Sea with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Barnosky, co-author of four books on the potential impacts of climate change, is a paleontologist and professor emeritus of integrative biology, and currently director of Stanford’s Jasper Ridge Biological Reserve.

Hadly, a professor of biology at Stanford, co-authored two books with Barnosky: Tipping Point for Planet Earth: How Close Are We to the Edge? (2016) and End Game: Tipping Point for Planet Earth (2015).

'Tomorrow' website