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Spring Film and Discussion Series Launched PDF Print E-mail
Written by GGEC   
Sunday, 22 February 2009

Climate Change Solutions and Community Building
Wednesdays, March 18-April 29, 6:30 PM at the Greenfield Public Library

GREENFIELD, MA –  The Greening Greenfield Energy Committee and the Greenfield Public Library are collaborating on a free Spring Film and Discussion Series to be held on Wednesday evenings from March 18- April 29 6:30-8:30pm at the Library. The six films offer informative and uplifting stories of communities and individuals that have taken on the climate change challenge, and in many cases built community! Each short film or TV show will be followed by a discussion with a skilled resource person. Refreshments will be served.

“I have a vision of a better Greenfield, and I wanted to offer a way for people in Greenfield to talk about what I feel are very pressing issues and their possible solutions,” said Peter Letson, retired Greenfield Community College professor, GGEC member, and lead organizer of the series. “Everyone loves films, so we thought offering short films might be a good way to start the conversation.” The group chose a variety of films that the hoped would appeal to a broad range of people with varied interests. They also looked for pieces that have accurate information presented in a fun and engaging way.
“I’m doing this for my grandchildren,” said Sandra Boston, who worked with Peter on selecting the films. She went on to say that “if you have a hole in a boat and row very hard, it won’t keep the boat from sinking. But if we all work together on repairing the hole, we may keep from drowning!” She is hoping that people concerned about the kind of lives their grandchildren might inherit will come and talk about what we can do today to make their lives better.

The film series includes: “Peak Oil: How it will Change Your Life” (3/18), "Power of Community" (3/25), "Eco Sense I” Ann Arbor addresses Energy Challenges (4/1) and “Eco Sense II” City-wide Solutions (4/15), “Kilowatt Ours" on energy alternatives (4/22), and "Future Car" and "Enjoy the Ride" (4/29). 

Peak Oil: How it will Change Your Life (3/18) is a well-documented presentation by Richard Heinberg, journalist, professor, and creator of the “Relocalize Now” movement. A Greenfield Community College professor will lead the discussion.

Power of Community. (3/25) Is the story of how Cuba built community while dealing with the crisis of loosing its source of oil when the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990’s. Liz Kelner, who has lead many Peace Brigades groups to Cuba will lead the discussion.

Eco Sense I: Energy Problems(4/1) is part 1 of a 2-part TV series. This engaging 30-min TV show about Ann Arbor, MI, explores how the townspeople and city officials are changing their thinking so their community can prosper in the future. It includes sidewalk interviews with citizens and discussions with city officials. Segment I concentrates on defining the problems. Sandy Shields, Greenfield Director of the Department of Public Works (DPW) will lead the discussion. Eco Sense II: Energy Solutions (4/15) is the second part of the 2-part TV show. It focuses on the energy solutions that the community is pursuing. Darren Jones, Products & Services manager of Coop Power in Greenfield, will lead the discussion

Kilowatt Ours. A personal approach to the need to conserve. (5/22) Is a personal story about Jeff Barrie. Jeff, who is concerned about the social and health problems arising out of the way electricity is made, undertakes to reduce his energy use. This moving and motivating film presents practical ideas about how to save money and live more lightly on the Earth. Peter Letson, retired professor from GCC and a member of Greening Greenfield Energy Committee will lead the discussion.

Future Car & Enjoy the Ride (4/25) Two short clips talk about how we get around. In Future Car, Alan Alda leads us in an exciting exploration of our future. He travels to the Big Three, Germany, California and Iceland to test-drive future cars and learn about efforts to build vehicles that use clean, domestically produced fuels Enjoy the Ride. is local story about the rise of the bicycle for transportation and recreation in the Pioneer Valley.  Nancy Hazard, former director of the Tour de Sol, America’s green car competiton, will lead the discussion.

This film series was organized by the Greening Greenfield Energy Committee (GGEC) to broaden the discussion and support the Greenfield campaign, which is a collaborative effort of the Town of Greenfield and the GGEC. This film series supports that campaign which uses “greening” as the inspirational and economic engine that to help a build a sustainable Greenfield so that current and future generations can enjoy life in this beautiful abundant valley. To find out more about the Greening Greenfield campaign, go to or call 774-5667.

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