Film Screening: A Fierce Green Fire
Monday, June 16, 2014
Landmark on Main Street
232 Main Street, Jeanne Rimsky Theater
Port Washington, NY 11050
On Monday, June 16, 2014, Sustainable Long Island presented an exclusive screening to the inspiring film A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle For A Living Planet, the first big picture exploration of the environmental movement. A Fierce Green Fire chronicles the environmental movement of the 20th and 21st centuries. The event also featured a cocktail hour with wine provided by Bedell Cellars, whose Merlot was the first Long Island wine in history to be served at the Presidential Inauguration (2009), and an interactive question and answer session discussing the film’s key messages with Long Island leaders Diane Masciale, General Manager, WLIW21; Joshua Klainberg, Senior Vice President, New York League of Conservation Voters; Dr. Scott Carlin, Associate Professor of Geography, LIU Post; and Kevin McDonald, Conservation Project Director for Public Lands, The Nature Conservancy.
The hope for everyone in attendance was that after viewing the documentary, each of us realizes that together we can make a real difference. It brings to mind that often used quote by anthropologist Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” We have the power to not only raise awareness and educate the public on these environmental issues, but to inspire and motivate others to bring positive change to Long Island, the country, and the world.
The stirring documentary spans 50 years of grassroots and global activism from the 1960s-2009 and connects the major causes of environmentalism, from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, has won acclaim at festivals around the world, and recently has begun its theatrical release as well as educational distribution and use by environmental groups and grassroots activists. Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, A Fierce Green Fire brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.
This event was proudly sponsored by Level Solar