Thursday, October 20, 2011

"Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time" showing at Museum of the Earth

"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 Finger Lakes Land Trust and Museum of the Earth are partnering to show the film Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time. According to the movie website, this is the "first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy! Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold's vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire people across the country and around the world. Leopold’s ideas remain relevant today, continuing to inspire projects nationwide that connect people and land."

Where: Museum of the Earth, 1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca
When: Wednesday, November 2 at 7pm
There will be remarks by representatives from the Land Trust and the Museum as well as from Lynn Leopold, Carl’s widow.

Local fun fact: Aldo lived on the eastern shore of Cayuga Lake, and his youngest son Carl was the founding president of the Finger Lakes Land Trust.

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