“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
- David Brower and the Sierra Club’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon
- Lois Gibbs and Love Canal residents’ struggle against 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals
- Paul Watson and Greenpeace’s campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals
- Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubbertappers’ fight to save the Amazon rainforest
- 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.
Watch the trailer: