A Fierce Green Fire: Movie On History Of Environmental Activism Has Theatrical Premiere In DC Friday


We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes—something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.” – Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac, 1949

The movie A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet will see its theatrical premiere in Washington, DC Friday at E Street Cinema, where it will play for one week.

It is “the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change.” The movie is narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep.

I have a cameo, but don’t let that stop you from seeing it! It’s quite good, and anyone interested in the successes and failures of environmental activism — past and present — should see it.

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

  1. David Brower and the Sierra Club’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon
  2. Lois Gibbs and Love Canal residents’ struggle against 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals
  3. Paul Watson and Greenpeace’s campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals
  4. Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubbertappers’ fight to save the Amazon rainforest
  5. Bill McKibben and the 25-year effort to address the impossible issue – climate change

Friday night’s show will be followed by a discussion with Phil Radford, Executive Director of Greenpeace, and the film’s Executive Producer Marc Weiss, Saturday’s will be followed by a discussion with Elliott Negin of Union of Concerned Scientists.

More details on the movie here, on the DC showings here, and on where else you can see the movie here.

Watch the trailer:

2 Responses to A Fierce Green Fire: Movie On History Of Environmental Activism Has Theatrical Premiere In DC Friday

  1. Daniel Coffey says:

    Interesting. It seems that every mirror is the mirror in Sleeping Beauty.

  2. Daniel Coffey says:

    Joe: I could not help but notice your summary: “effort to address the impossible issue – climate change.”

    Impossible but not impossible, or maybe hopeless but not hopeless, honest but not honest, compromise but no compromise, and action but no action.