NEWPORT, R.I. – Salve Regina University is participating in a nationwide screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Sun Come Up, which depicts some of the world’s first “environmental refugees.”
The screening, sponsored by the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life, will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.
The film depicts the plight of the “forced climate migrants,” inhabitants of the Cateret Islands just north of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. The Catholic Church has been instrumental in helping to relocate these environmental refugees.
After the screening, there will be a facilitated discussion about the film and action steps that viewers can take to respond to the unfolding climate perspective based on authentic Catholic teaching.
The film is being screened in conjunction with the Feast of St. Francis, named patron saint of those who promote ecology.