Just in time for Earth Day, Fossil Free MIT is sponsoring a free screening of BIDDER 70. On December 19, 2008 Tim DeChristopher disrupted a highly disputed Utah BLM Oil and Gas lease auction, effectively safeguarding thousands of acres of pristine Utah land that were slated for oil and gas leases. Not content to merely protest outside, Tim entered the auction hall and registered as bidder #70. He outbid industry giants on land parcels (which, starting at $2 an acre, were adjacent to national treasures like Canyonlands National Park), winning 22,000 acres of land worth $1.7 million before the auction was halted. The film centers on this ingenious act of civil disobedience, which helped ignite a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice.
The event will take place on campus in building 54, room 54-100, Monday April 22 at 9:00pm.