See "A Fierce Green Fire" in Walnut Creek

Come see a free screening of “A Fierce Green Fire,” the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, grassroots and global activism. The film spans fifty years, from conservation to climate change. The 100-minute documentary was made by, Mark Kitchell — best known for “Berkeley in the Sixties” which has become a well-loved classic. It is narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, and Isabel Allende. It premiered at Sundance and has been playing festivals and theaters, colleges and libraries, screenings by environmental groups and activists — 150 total engagements so far — to great acclaim. Everybody loves it, finds great educational and inspirational value.

The film 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. It unfolds in five acts, each with a central story and character:

• David Brower and the Sierra Club’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon 

• Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal resident’s struggle against 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals 

• Paul Watson and Greenpeace’s campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals 

• Chico Mendes and the rubbertappers’ fight to save the Amazon rainforest 

• Bill McKibben and the 25-year effort to address the impossible issue: climate change 

Surrounding these main stories are strands like environmental justice, going back to the land, and movements of the global south like Wangari Maathai in Kenya and Chipko in India. Vivid archival film brings it all back and insightful interviews shed light on what it all means. The film offers a deeper view of environmentalism as civilizational change, bringing our industrial society into sustainable balance with nature. It’s the battle for a living planet. See the trailer, more write-ups, artwork, photos, and schedule:

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