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Metcalf Institute Executive Director to Lead Panel Discussion at Nation's Largest Environmental Film Festival

The Rhode Island-based Metcalf Institute gives journalists the tools they need to accurately cover the environment & administers the $75,000 Grantham Prize

NARRAGANSETT, RI March 19, 2012 The executive director of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, Sunshine Menezes, has been invited to lead a panel discussion about climate change communication at the 20th Annual Environmental Film Festival in Washington, DC, on March 25, following the world premiere of a film about the nation's policy response to man-made threats to the ozone layer.

The festival, which focuses on advancing environmental understanding through the power of film, will present 180 films from 42 countries and is the largest showcase of environmental films in the United States. Menezes will lead a panel discussion following the world premiere of the film Shattered Sky about how America led the way in solving "the biggest environmental crisis ever seen" caused by dangerous chlorofluorocarbons man-made chemicals that deplete atmospheric ozone.

Menezes will be joined by Jeff Goodell, recipient of the 2011 Grantham Award of Special Merit, for his book, How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix the Planet. Goodell is also a contributing editor to Rolling Stone magazine.

The Metcalf Institute is based at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography. The Institute administers The Grantham Prize, the largest cash prize for journalism in the world. Metcalf Institute also provides science training for reporters and editors to help improve the accuracy and clarity of environmental reporting and offers journalism fellowships to help reporters better understand science and the environment. For more information, contact Metcalf Institute at 401-874-6211 or visit us at

Metcalf Institute is named for the late Michael P. Metcalf, a visionary in journalism and publisher of The Providence Journal Bulletin from 1979 to 1987.

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March 21, 2012