October 10, 2011 – 11:32 pm
Land Trust co-sponsors showing of Aldo Leopold documentary at the Clyde
What: “Green Fire” the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold
When: Saturday, November 12 at 2:00
Where: Clyde Theatre
Aldo Leopold is regarded by many as one of the most influential conservation thinkers of the twentieth century. His A Sand County Almanac, published in 1949 after his death, is a classic in American literature.
Green Fire, the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about this legendary environmentalist, will be presented by Whidbey Watershed Stewards on Saturday, November 12 at 2 pm at the Clyde Theater in Langley. Aldo Leopold’s daughter, a Seattle resident, will accompany the film and speak about her personal memories of her father.
Admission is $5 at the door. WWS welcomes the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, The Whidbey Institute and Transition Whidbey as event co-sponsors.
Green Fire highlights Leopold’s extraordinary career in the early part of the 20th century, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement. It shows the many ways his vision of a community that cares about both people and land—his call for a land ethic—continues to be applied all over the world by a population facing 21st century ecological challenges.
Green Fire was produced by a partnership of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Center for Humans and Nature, and the US Forest Service and has been shown around the country since the spring. It premieres in Seattle October 18. The film features commentary and insight from some of today’s scholars and conservation leaders, including three of Aldo Leopold’s children: Nina, Carl, and Estella.
Estella Leopold, now professor emeritus at the University of Washington after a lifetime of environmental research and activism, will give a brief talk before the film screening and will answer questions following the film.
Dr. Leopold received the International Cosmos Prize last summer from the Expo ’90 Foundation, a Japanese organization that honors “Those who have, through their work, applied and realized the ideals which the Foundation strives to preserve… how we as human beings can truly respect and live in harmony with nature.”
She helped prevent the flooding if the lower part of the Grand Canyon in the mid-1960s, and is fighting to keep the lava-coated land around Mount St. Helens intact as a research area and national monument. She is especially eager for children to experience the outdoors as she did in her Wisconsin youth.
The Leopold family loved the land they inhabited. “Love is very important in conservation work,” she says. “If you don’t love it, how are you going to work to protect it? And to love it, you have to know it.”