2015-01-08 / Island Life

‘A Fierce Green Fire’ plays PACT Tuesday

A film spanning 50 years of the environmental movement, from grassroots to global activism including conservation to climate change, is set for Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the 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. The PACT, in conjunction with Keep Port Aransas Beautiful, helps the Green Team sponsor this event. The PACT is located at 2327 State Hwy. 361.

The film chronicles the environmental movement of the 20th century and the issues in the 21st.

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 producers of the film provided the following synopsis: “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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