EAST DUNDEE – The Dundee Library will host a free screening of a new film, “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time,” the first full-length, high definition documentary film made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold.
The film will be shown at 6 p.m. July 28 at the library, 555 Barrington Ave. (Route 68) in East Dundee. The film shares highlights from Leopold’s life and career, explaining how he shaped conservation in the 20th century and still inspires people today.
Probably best known as the author of the conservation classic “A Sand County Almanac,” Leopold is renowned for his work as an educator, philosopher, forester, ecologist and wilderness advocate.
“Green Fire” illustrates Leopold’s continuing influence by exploring current projects that connect people and land at the local level.
Viewers will meet urban children in Chicago, learning about local foods and ecological restoration.
They’ll learn about ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico who maintain healthy landscapes by working on their own properties and with their neighbors in cooperative community conservation efforts. They’ll meet wildlife biologists who are bringing back threatened and endangered species, from cranes to Mexican wolves, to the landscapes where they once thrived.
“Green Fire” portrays how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about people and land –áhis call for a land ethic – ties all of these modern conservation stories together and offers inspiration and insight for the future.