Special showing of Green Fire – Aldo Leopold and a land ethic for our time

Published 2:23 pm Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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Join the Creation Care Team at the Congregational Church, UCC in Tryon and Conserving Carolina on Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m. at the Tryon Theater for a special, free showing of the film Green Fire, the first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold.  


The Green Fire film explores Aldo Leopold’s life in the early part of the twentieth century and the many ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world today.  The film portrays how Leopold’s vision of a community that cares about both people and land — his call for a land ethic — ties modern conservation stories together and offers inspiration and insight for the future. 

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“Aldo Leopold’s legacy lives on today in the work of people and organizations across the nation and around the world,” said Pam Torlina, southeast stewardship director for Conserving Carolina. “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. We are certain it will spur residents of Polk County to continue existing land ethic programs and to find new ways we can be stewards of our precious environment.” 


Green Fire illustrates Leopold’s continuing influence by exploring current projects that connect people and land at the local level. Viewers will meet urban children in Chicago learning about local foods and ecological restoration. They’ll learn about ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico who maintain healthy landscapes by working on their own properties and with their neighbors, in cooperative community conservation efforts, and they’ll meet wildlife biologists who are bringing back threatened and endangered species, from cranes to Mexican wolves, to the landscapes where they once thrived. 


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to make this an enjoyable and educational experience for participants, space is limited to 100 and pre-registration is required. Participants must show their vaccination card or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of the event, with a photo ID, to enter the building and all must wear a mask when indoors. Please arrive before 7 p.m. to allow time for check-in.  The Box Office and theater open a half hour before screenings. 

Concessions will be available for purchase.


Submitted by Pam Torlina