‘Climate Change Solutions and Action’ film series starts Wednesday
GREENFIELD — The Paris Climate Conference has prompted Greening Greenfield and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice to create a spring film series called Climate Change Solutions and Action.
The free series will be held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the First Congregational Church on Silver Street in Greenfield, beginning this week.
With each film there will be a 30- to 45-minute discussion by an area expert.
The series begins with “Renewables Are Ready,” a PowerPoint presentation by Patricia Hynes of Traprock Center for Peace and Justice. Hynes will share research and existing power systems that offer a vision on how we can meet our energy needs with efficiency and renewable technologies, and cut climate change emissions to near zero without drilling for, digging for, or transporting more oil, gas or coal. Hynes will lead the discussion.
The second film, “Inhabit,” held March 22, focuses on how we and the planet can all profit from permaculture and other new ways of farming, which will increase food production, repair and improve the soil, and sequester carbon, the main cause of climate change. Sharon Gensler, longtime organic farmer and expert on how plants take carbon from the atmosphere and put it in the soil to make it more fertile while reducing harmful climate change gases, will lead the discussion.
The final film, “The Return of the River” will be shown on April 27. This true story chronicles a small group of dedicated and diverse people who successfully challenged a utility company to return native lands long buried beneath a dammed up section of a river.
The discussion after this will be led by Mount Grace Land Trust’s director, Leigh Youngblood, who has been advocating to keep Chapter 97 protected land from being used by Kinder Morgan for the Northeast Energy Direct natural gas pipeline
For more information on each film, or to make recommendations for films for 2017, go to Greening Greenfield’s or Traprock’s web sites, or call 413-773-5165.