A Fierce Green Fire
This documentary film takes a comprehensive look at the global environmental movement, from its grassroots conservation origins to today’s climate change crisis. It covers the stories of visionaries such as John Muir, naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club, and David Brower, conservationist and uncompromising founder of Friends of the Earth. The film showcases important environmental milestones such as the first Earth Day and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. It also covers key battles in the movement, including the protests over dams near the Grand Canyon, Love Canal residents’ struggle against 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals, Greenpeace’s fight to save the whales, and efforts to protect the Amazon rainforest.
Directed by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Meryl Streep and others, this film is popular among environmental organizations and eco-activists for capturing the movement’s history. The film celebrates the people and groups that contributed to today’s environmental movement.
Join us for free environmental film screenings at the Watershed Center every first Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. Screenings include a variety of topics and film styles including documentaries and major motion pictures. Enjoy free, local, organic popcorn at the show and spend some time on the beautiful Watershed Reserve before and after the movie. Registration is not required and walk-ins are welcome!
Released 2012| Runtime: 1hour, 41 min.
The Human Element
With rare compassion and heart, THE HUMAN ELEMENT follows environmental photographer James Balog on his quest to highlight Americans on the frontlines of climate change, inspiring us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world.
During his four-decade career as a photographer and explorer, James Balog has focused his lens on the complex relationship between humans and nature. Human activity has now surpassed all other forces shaping our world. Balog’s work has challenged us to contemplate our place in, and responsibility to, the natural world. Balog investigates how altering the elements is in turn affecting everyday Americans right now. The Human Element features subjects who are often overlooked victims of climate change. Balog visits Tangier Island, a fishing community facing the imminent reality of sea level rise threatening their future. We meet Yadira Sanchez and her three children in Denver, Colorado, all of whom suffer from asthma, and attend a special school for children struggling with air. Balog embeds with a Cal Fire strike team on the frontlines of the most expensive wildfire in California history. And he ventures deep into Kentucky coal country, meeting unemployed miners finding hope from a new source. Balog argues that humans are part of the whole system of nature and not apart from it. Knowing this, he finds great hope that the fifth element, the human element, can bring the whole system back into balance.
LENGTH: 1 hour, 16 minutes
Available on April 21, 6-8 p.m.