ARCHIVE 2009

Spring Film and Discussion Series Launched on Climate Change Solutions and Community Building

FOR RELEASE:  March 9, 2009


CONTACTS:

Peter Letson, GGEC film series co-creator               
413-774-5038

 

Sandra Boston, GGEC film series co-creator               
413-774-5952

 

Nancy Hazard, Co-chair, Greening Greenfield                
413-774-5667

 

Spring Film and Discussion Series Launched on Climate Change Solutions and Community Building

Wednesdays, March 18-April 29, 6:30 PM at the Greenfield Public Library


GREENFIELD, MA –  The Greening Greenfield Energy Committee and the Greenfield Public Library are collaborating on a free Spring Film and Discussion Series to be held on Wednesday evenings from March 18- April 29 6:30-8:30pm at the Library. The six films offer informative and uplifting stories of communities and individuals that have taken on the climate change challenge, and in many cases built community! Each short film or TV show will be followed by a discussion with a skilled resource person. Refreshments will be served.


“I have a vision of a better Greenfield, and I wanted to offer a way for people in Greenfield to talk about what I feel are very pressing issues and their possible solutions,” said Peter Letson, retired Greenfield Community College professor, GGEC member, and co-organizer of the series. The group chose a variety of films so as to appeal to a broad range of people with varied interests. They also looked for pieces that have accurate information presented in fun and engaging ways.


“I’m doing this for my grandchildren,” said Sandra Boston, who worked with Peter on selecting the films. She is hoping that people concerned about the kind of lives their grandchildren might inherit will come and talk about what we can do today to make their lives better in spite of dwindling resources.


The film series includes: “Peak Oil: How it will Change Your Life” (3/18), "Power of Community" (3/25), "Eco Sense I” Ann Arbor addresses Energy Challenges (4/1) and “Eco Sense II” City-wide Solutions (4/15), “Kilowatt Ours" on energy alternatives (4/22), and "Future Car" and "Enjoy the Ride" (4/29).


This film series was organized by the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee (GGEC) in collaboration with the Greenfield Public Library to broaden the discussion on how to make Greenfield more sustainable, and to ensure that current and future generations can enjoy life in this beautiful abundant valley. To find out more about the Greening Greenfield campaign, go to www.GreeningGreenfield.org or call 774-5667.


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Film Descriptions

For Weekly Calendar announcements

 

Wed. Mar 18 6:30-8:30

Peak Oil: How it will Change Your Life (3/18) is a well-documented presentation by Richard Heinberg, journalist, professor, and creator of the “‘Relocalize Now” movement. Richard discusses facts about the end of cheap oil and how our communities can respond to the challenge and soften its local impacts. Walt Congdon, local energy activist will lead the discussion. FREE. Refreshments will be served. This film is part of the Spring Film and Discussion Series offered by the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee and Greenfield Public Library. For more information go to www.GreeningGreenfield.org


Wed. March 25  6:30-8:30

Power of Community. (3/25) Is the story of how the people of Cuba rallied and built community while dealing with the crisis of loosing its source of oil when the Soviet Union collapsed. Liz Kelner, who has lead many Peace Brigades groups to Cuba, will lead the discussion. FREE. Refreshments will be served. This film is part of the Spring Film and Discussion Series offered by the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee and Greenfield Public Library. For more information go to www.GreeningGreenfield.org


Wed. April 1 6:30-8:80

Eco Sense I: Energy Problems (4/1) is part 1 of a 2-part TV series. This engaging 30-min TV show about Ann Arbor, MI, explores how the townspeople and city officials are changing their thinking so their community can prosper in the future. It includes sidewalk interviews with citizens and discussions with city officials. Segment I concentrates on defining the problems. Sandy Shields, Greenfield Director of the Department of Public Works (DPW) will lead the discussion. FREE. Refreshments will be served. This film is part of the Spring Film and Discussion Series offered by the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee and Greenfield Public Library. For more information go to www.GreeningGreenfield.org

 

Wed. April 15  6:30-8:30

Eco Sense II: Energy Solutions (4/15) is the second part of a series, but it can easily stand on its own. This engaging 30-minute TV show about Ann Arbor, Michigan discusses with citizens ad city officials specific energy solutions being explored and implemented. Darren Jones, Products & Services manager of Coop Power in Greenfield, will lead the discussion. FREE. Refreshments will be served. This film is part of the Spring Film and Discussion Series offered by the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee and Greenfield Public Library. For more information go to www.GreeningGreenfield.org

 

Wed. April 22  6:30-8:30

Kilowatt Ours. A personal approach to the need to conserve, (5/22) is the story of Jeff Barrie, who is concerned about the social and health problems arising out of the way electricity is made and undertakes to reduce his energy use. This moving and motivating film presents practical ideas about how to save money and live more lightly on the Earth. Peter Letson, retired professor from GCC and a member of Greening Greenfield Energy Committee will lead the discussion. FREE. Refreshments will be served. This film is part of the Spring Film and Discussion Series offered by the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee and Greenfield Public Library. For more information go to www.GreeningGreenfield.org

 

Wed. April 29  6:30-8:30

Future Car & Enjoy the Ride (4/29) Two short clips about how we get around. In Future Car, Alan Alda leads us in an exciting exploration of our future. He travels to the Big Three research labs, Germany, California and Iceland to test-drive future cars and learn about efforts to build vehicles that use clean, domestically produced fuels Enjoy the Ride. is local story about the rise of the bicycle for transportation and recreation in the Pioneer Valley.  Nancy Hazard, former director of the Tour de Sol, America’s green car competition, will lead the discussion. FREE. Refreshments will be served. This film is part of the Spring Film and Discussion Series offered by the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee and Greenfield Public Library. For more information go to www.GreeningGreenfield.org

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