A new documentary film about the great Iowa-born conservationist Aldo Leopold will be shown on Iowa Public Television—just in time for Earth Day. The movie connects Leopold to modern conservation efforts. It will air on April 20, 21, 22 and 29. The schedule and broadcasting channels are:
* Statewide--IPTV 3, Saturday, 4/20/2013, 9 a.m.
* Davenport--Quad Cities PBS, Sunday, 4/21/2013, 7 p.m.
* Statewide--IPTV, Sunday, 4/21/2013, 4 p.m.
* Davenport--Quad Cities PBS, Monday, 4/22/2013, 3:30 a.m.
* Statewide--IPTV, Monday, 4/29/2013, 7 p.m.
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time was honored with an Emmy award for Best Historical Documentary at the 54th annual Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in November 2012, and it will air on Iowa Public Television starting this month.
Green Fire is the first feature-length documentary about the great conservationist Aldo Leopold (1887-1948). Born in Burlington, Iowa, he is the father of the national wilderness system, and a key figure in developing the fields of wildlife management, restoration ecology and sustainable agriculture.
Aldo Leopold's legacy lives on today, but this movie is more than just a documentary about him
The film was produced by the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service and the Center for Humans and Nature. Wisconsin Public Television is the broadcast partner. In 2012, Wisconsin Public Television began broadcasting the one-hour program statewide. It will be available to all public television stations for Earth Day in April 2013. A slightly longer version has screened in theaters and at over 2,000 community venues since the film's premiere in February of 2011.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~
"Aldo Leopold's legacy lives on today in the work of people and organizations across the nation and around the world," said Aldo Leopold Foundation Executive Director Buddy Huffaker. "What is exciting about Green Fire is that it is more than just a documentary about Aldo Leopold; it also explores the influence his ideas have had in shaping the conservation movement as we know it today by highlighting some really inspiring people and organizations doing great work to connect people and the natural world in ways that even Leopold might not have imagined."
Sustainable agriculture, soil and water conservation, the environmental movement
"The making of Green Fire has been a process of discovery," says Curt Meine, the film's on-screen guide. Meine's doctoral dissertation was a biography of Aldo Leopold, published as Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work (University of Wisconsin Press, 1988). To give the film its modern perspective of Leopold's influence in the conservation movement today, Meine was charged with conducting hundreds of interviews with people practicing conservation all over the country. "Meeting all those people has really yielded new connections between Leopold and nearly every facet of the environmental movement, including sustainable agriculture, ocean conservation, urban gardening, and climate change – some of these are issues that Leopold never directly considered in his lifetime but has nonetheless affected as his ideas are carried on by others," said Meine.
The Aldo Leopold Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-pro?t organization based in Baraboo, Wisconsin. The foundation's mission is to inspire an ethical relationship between people and land through the legacy of Aldo Leopold. Leopold regarded a land ethic as a product of social evolution. "Nothing so important as an ethic is ever 'written,'" he explained. "It evolves 'in the minds of a thinking community.'"