GREEN FIRE explores the life and legacy of famed conservationist Aldo Leopold (A Sand County Almanac) and his land ethic philosophy. 

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GREEN FIRE explores the life and legacy of famed conservationist Aldo Leopold (A Sand County Almanac) and the many ways his land ethic philosophy lives on in the work of people and organizations all over the country today.  The film shares highlights from Leopold's life and extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement.  It also illustrates Leopold's continuing influence, exploring current projects that connect people and land at the local level.

Meet urban children in Chicago learning about local foods and ecological restoration.  Meet ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico who maintain healthy landscapes by working on their own properties, and with the neighbors, in cooperative community conservation efforts. Meet wildlife biologists who are bringing threatened and endangered species, from cranes to Mexican wolves, back to the landscapes where they once thrived.  And learn how Leopold's vision of a community that cares about both people and land ties all of these modern conservation stories together, and offers inspiration and insight for the future.

73 and 57 minutes
Close captioned

Directed by Ann Dunsky, Steven Dunsky, David Steinke
Produced by Aldo Leopold Foundation, U.S. Forest Service, Center for Humans and Nature
Executive Producer: Buddy Huffaker
Editor: Ann Dunsky
Writer: Stephen Most
Narrator/Guide: Curt Meine
Voice of Aldo Leopold: Peter Coyote
Original Score: Tom Disher

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Screening options:
$29.95 Home Use DVD purchase (private use only) — 73 and 57 minutes (2-disc set)

COMMUNITY SCREENINGS (single events with license to charge admission)

Screening kit includes 57-minute DVD (short version), 10 each of color posters and bookmarks plus Aldo Leopold brochures, $150



"This beautiful, moving, and inspiring film reminds us that the man we most remember for the land ethic was also a father of wilderness protection, ecological restoration, and our whole consciousness about what he called our hardest task-the ability to live on a piece of land without spoiling it."

Amory B. Lovins, Co-founder and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute

"GREEN FIRE...should be mandatory viewing for any student in a natural resource field, indeed for anyone who values nature, wilderness, and wildlife...This film is a fine tribute to Leopold's legacy...GREEN FIRE will contribute to people's appreciation of this amazing man and his role in the history of the conservation movement."
Dr. Michael Hutchins, Executive Director/CEO, The Wildlife Society

"Aldo Leopold was the most important American environmental thinker of the 20th century, and GREEN FIRE is a radiant portrait of Leopold's life and work. But its more important accomplishment is to suggest that Leopold may just be the most important environmental thinker for the 21st century as well."
Paul S. Sutter, Associate Professor of History, University of Colorado-Boulder, Author, Driven Wild: How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement

"It takes viewers to the places that inspired, transformed, and nudged the author's doctrine into something that ties the concept of a land ethic to each of us. And into something that still offers hope and invites action."
Pamela Biery, Sierra Club


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