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And the winner of best picture in the green film category goes to…wait, what? You haven’t seen any environmental documentaries this year? Now’s your chance. Fresh off a weekend of reveling in eco-inspired cinema at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, California, I’ve got your fest-fresh picks right here.
First, I’ll just say it: Depending on the subject, eco-flicks can be a buzz-kill (which is kind of inevitable when you’re talking about things like poaching endangered species, destroying pristine wilderness, and getting scary sick from a host of sketchy contaminants…) Still, many of these films provide ample reason to hope for a better tomorrow, if enough people come together to make a change.
The trick in my book is to know what to expect before you go, so you can mentally prepare for a potentially complex range of feelings. As such, I’ve included a handy “mood clue” in each of the following reviews, as well as One Green Thing you can do to help turn the tide.
Without further ado, here’s a brief guide to the genre’s latest and greatest. (more…)
Ryerson Woods in Deerfield, Illinois, has earned its reputation as one of the region’s most unique and important conservation areas, with many thanks for its continued success owed to the support of our partner group, the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods.
What’s that you say—what happened to the “friends”? Yes, you probably know the organization under its former name, Friends of Ryerson Woods, which began as a small, volunteer-based organization in 1984. In celebration of its upcoming 30th year anniversary, the nonprof decided to take the plunge and update its name to something it deemed more fitting.
As the lights started to dim at a recent screening of Blackfish, I suddenly wondered what kind of cinematic experience I had gotten myself into.
I’d read that at the 2013 Sundance film festival, CNN Films and Magnolia Pictures had partnered to acquire the U.S. rights to this action-packed documentary about killer whale attacks. I knew Variety had dubbed it “a mesmerizing psychological thriller,” while the Hollywood Reporter had called it a “emotionally powerful.” But what came next, I did not expect…. (more…)
Inquiring minds want to know: What environmental questions do you have? Drop us a quick line with your most burning Qs–if we pick yours for our 2013 lineup, we’ll give you an online shout-out.
We’ve also put together a super quick survey of a few popular questions—please take a minute let us know which are most interesting to you.
Thanks for reading in 2012, and we look forward to giving you more green news you can use next year and beyond!
—By Judy Bramble, PhD, environmental science department chair, DePaul University
We’ve come a long way toward understanding our impact on the environment since the first Earth Day in 1970. Yet despite growing concern among scientists and extensive news coverage, many people remain skeptical about the seriousness of environmental issues. Even for those who do express concern about the environment, there is a large and persistent gap between how they say they feel about the environment, and how they actually behave. (more…)
This summer, intern Taylor Greene is working up a research storm for our EcoMyth-busting efforts. She’s reading and documenting everything she can get her hands on about regional environmental issues, reaching out to local businesses about reducing water usage, and even spearheading a creative marketing plan for EcoMyths on CafePress. We’re so grateful for her contributions to the team that we just had to take a moment to introduce this bright young woman to you. (more…)
Hackmatack. The word doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue…but that’s hopefully about to change for Chicagolanders, as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently reviewing the possibility of creating the Hackamatack National Wildlife Refuge along the Illinois/Wisconsin border. Named for the Algonquin word for the tamarack tree, an uncommon deciduous conifer that’s native to the area, Hackmatack would be the closest wildlife refuge to the city. (more…)