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'Green Fire' commemorates Wilderness Act

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Mercyhurst University Office of Sustainability, Philosophy Department and Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics and Society will screen the documentary film Green Fire to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act. The 1964 law created the legal definition of “wilderness” and protected millions of acres of federal land, allowing public access to beautiful and natural spaces across the country.

The film will be shown in the Carolyn Herrmann Student Union Great Room on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Green Fire is the first full-length documentary film about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold and his environmental legacy. Although probably best known as the author of the conservation classic A Sand County Almanac, Leopold is also renowned for his work as an educator, philosopher, forester, ecologist and wilderness advocate.

Green Fire shares highlights from his extraordinary career, explaining how he shaped conservation and the modern environmental movement. It also illustrates how Leopold's vision of a community that cares about both people and land continues to inform and inspire people across the country and around the world, highlighting modern projects that put Leopold’s land ethic into action in a multitude of ways.

The film features commentary from conservation leaders including scientists, ranchers, scholars and three of Aldo Leopold’s children – Nina, Carl and Estella. Curt Meine, Leopold’s biographer, serves as the on-camera guide, making connections between Leopold’s ideas and their expression in the conservation movement today. Actor Peter Coyote gives voice to Leopold’s brilliant writing.

For more information or to watch the trailer, visit

Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac is available for purchase at the Mercyhurst University bookstore at a special price of $5.75. It will also be sold at the door the night of the screening.