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Sustainable Community Film Series continues Tuesday in Avon

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What: “Dying Green” and “The Next, Best West,” two short films that are part of the Sustainable Community Film Series.

When/where: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Loaded Joe’s, Avon and again at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Dusty Boot, Eagle

Cost: $5 suggested donation.

More information: Email info@walkingmountains.org.

AVON AND EAGLE — Every year, U.S. cemeteries bury enough steel to build another Golden Gate Bridge. Ninety seven percent of the world’s grasslands have been destroyed, plowed or paved over. What do these two statistics have in common? Both should raise thoughts about the relationships humans have with the land that sustains them.

The Sustainable Community Film Series — a project of Walking Mountains Science Center — continues this month with a double feature. Two short films, “Dying Green” and “The Next, Best West,” will screen twice. The first screening takes place at Loaded Joe’s in Avon on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and the second at The Dusty Boot in Eagle on Jan. 20 at 6:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE FILMS

Set in the foothills of the Appalachians, “Dying Green” explores one man’s vision of using green burials to conserve land. Dr. Billy Campbell, the town’s only physician, has radically changed our understanding of burials in the United States. Dr. Campbell’s dream is to conserve one million acres of land. “Dying Green” focuses on the revolutionary idea of using our own death to fund land conservation and create wildlife preserves.

“The Next, Best West” explores our changing relationship with the land that sustains us. It tells the story of how the conventional American concept of progress has steered our exploitation of the Western landscape. Progress is inevitable, but contemplating the impending consequences in all aspects will continue to allow us to be more sustainable for future generations.

Both of these inspiring films are included in the award winning series “Natural Heroes” on PBS which celebrates independent filmmakers who turn their lens on our natural world and share promising stories of people who are making positive differences for our environment.

To view the entire lineup of the series, visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/project/sustainable-film-series.



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