2015-01-01 / Island Life

Environmental movie, discussion series slated

Green Team Film Series

See and discuss a free environmental movie on Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the first movie in the third annual UT Green Team Film Series.

“A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet,” will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a discussion on the local issues pertaining to the film and led by a guest speaker.

The film and discussion will be held at the Port Aransas Community Theatre in conjunction with Keep Port Aransas Beautiful.

The film was directed and written by Mark Kitchell, the Academy Award-nominated director of “Berkeley in the Sixties.” Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep narrate it.

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, and in 2013 it began its theatrical release as well as educational distribution and use by environmental groups and grassroots activists.

The producers of the film provided the following synopsis: “A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet,” is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement, grassroots and global activism spanning 50 years from conservation to climate change. It chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It 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. 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 rubber tappers’ fight to save the Amazon rainforest and Bill McKibben and the 25-year effort to address the impossible issue, climate change.”

The UTMSI Green Team is a volunteer-based group that was established in 2008. It provides faculty, staff and students at UTMSI with the opportunity to discuss environmental issues that affect their department, building/grounds and nearby community. The team works to develop solutions to problems that will result in a more eco-friendly and sustainable environment.

Two more movies are planned in the series, Tuesday, Feb. 10 and Tuesday, March 10.

For more information contact Colleen McCue at 749-3153.

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