Sustainability Film Series 2019: Death by Design

Consumers love – and live on – their smartphones, tablets and laptops. By 2020, four billion people will have a personal computer. Five billion will own a mobile phone.

But this revolution has a dark side, hidden from most consumers. In an investigation that spans the globe, filmmaker Sue Williams investigates the underbelly of the electronics industry and reveals how even the smallest devices have deadly environmental and health costs. From the intensely secretive factories in China, to a ravaged New York community and the high tech corridors of Silicon Valley, the film tells a story of environmental degradation, of health tragedies, and the fast approaching tipping point between consumerism and sustainability.

Watch Death by Design and enjoy some free food followed by a panel discussion with students, faculty and community members.

When: Wednesday, April 17 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Where: Bell Museum, St. Paul
Free for UMN students | Free with Bell admission

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April, 2019