April 2, 2015 - “Everyone here recognizes that environmental issues are often the 100 millionth concern on most people’s minds. They’re the big elephant in the room that people are aware of, and are completely overwhelmed by,” said Don Mosteller, executive director of this year’s Environmental Film Festival at Yale. He straightened his back, his voice soft but steady, like a drummer preparing for a solo. Kroon Hall, home to Yale’s Forestry & Environmental Studies graduate school, where Mosteller is a student, had long since emptied.
“It leads to a lot of ambivalence about what to do, a lot of anxiety, which I think only fuels the denial of climate change,” Mosteller continued. “It’s just really … heavy.”