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Environmental film series playing in Edwards

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All showings are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at Berry Creek Middle School Auditorium from A $5 to $10 donation per person is requested.The dates and films are as follows:January 8:”Save Our Land, Save Our Towns,” examines the causes and effects of – and remedies for – “suburban sprawl.”Small town newsman and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Hylton explores how America can save its cities, towns, and countryside in this one-hour program. A poll by the Pew Center for Civic Journalism recently found that sprawl ranks with crime, taxes and education as the top concern of citizens across the country.Many think sprawl is inevitable. “Save Our Land, Save Our Towns” is a story of hope – logical reasons why America’s towns can be rebuilt on alternative models and its countryside preserved. 57 minutesAlso, “Deconstructing Supper: Is Your Food Safe?” What’s in our food and how is it grown? Renowned chef John Bishop leads viewers on an eye-opening and engaging journey into the billion-dollar battle to control global food production.Starting with a gourmet meal in his five-star restaurant, Bishop travels the world – from farmers’ fields to biotech laboratories to supermarket aisles – on a personal quest to find out what our food choices are.He discovers that 70 percent of processed foods on supermarket shelves in North America contain genetically modified ingredients. The handful of biotech companies who control genetically modified seeds claim this is the only way to feed the world’s growing population. But are these foods safe?Are there other, less risky ways to feed ourselves?Our chef finds answers to these compelling questions and more. We see the actual transfer of DNA from bacteria into canola plants and meet Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser who is battling the giant Monsanto Corporation.We learn startling information about the milk we drink in North America and meet Indian farmers and activists fighting to keep traditional farming practices alive. 48 minutes.February 5:”Rising Water: Global Warming and the Fate of the Pacific Islands” shows that global warming is already hurting the Pacific Islands.”It’s very difficult for someone living in the United States to grasp the fact that if the sea level rises just a few feet, a whole nation will disappear, says” one expert.For seven million people living on thousands of islands scattered across the Pacific Ocean, global warming is not something that looms in the distant future. It’s a threat whose first effects may have already begun.The film won the Special Jury Award at MountainFilm in Telluride, the Bronze Plaque at the Columbus International Film & Video Festival and second place at the EarthVision Environmental Film & Video Festival. 57 minutes.Also, “Turning Down the Heat: The New Energy Revolution.” The burning of fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide, which warms the atmosphere, leading to increased floods, droughts and hurricanes.This film addresses the crisis of global warming and offers renewable energy sources and energy conservation as economically viable solutions to climate change. Profiled are innovative and successful projects of the new energy revolution, showcasing alternative sources of power.They include solar energy in Holland, Japan and California; bio-gas in Denmark and Vietnam; wind energy in Holland and India; and hydrogen fuel cells and ground source heat in Vancouver. The film won the Bronze Plaque at the Columbus International Film & Video Festival. 46 minutes.March 4th:”In the Light of Reverence” is a portrait of land-use conflicts over Native American sacred sites on public and private land around the West.The film tells the stories of three indigenous communities and the land they struggle to protect: the Lakota of the Great Plains, the Hopi of the Four Corners area and the Wintu of northern California.”This film is a wake-up call for everyone who cares about the environment and human rights and deserves every opportunity to reach a broad and diverse audience,” actor/director Robert Redford said of the film.The film has won several awards.Also, “Beyond Organic,” tell the story of a model of community supported agriculture in the midst of suburban sprawl. Fairview Gardens is an urban farm located in Goleta, California, right in the middle of some of the most expensive real estate in the U.S.Managed for the past two decades by farmer/photographer/author, Michael Ableman, this 12-acre organic farm has become a model of sustainable food production and community involvement, as well as an inspiration for thousands of people all over the world. 33 minutes.April 1st:”Biomimicry: Learning from Nature.” After 3.8 billion years, “life’ knows what works and what lasts on earth. Mimicking these designs and strategies – their recipes – could change the way we grow food, harness solar energy, run businesses, even the way we make materials.The program introduces us to several scientists, businesspeople and authors in this field. Featured in the program are: Wes Jackson of The Land Institute in Texas; Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface, Inc.; and Paul Hawken, author “Natural Capitalism.” 89 minutesA compilation of 11 short animated films – “Green Animation” – will be shown individually throughout the series. The series is sponsored by the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, EEF productions, the Town of Vail and Berry Creek Middle School.

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