presents an exclusive screening of an inspiring film...
Film Screening 
A Fierce Green Fire
The Battle for a Living Planet 

Monday, June 16, 2014
5:30PM to 9:00PM

232 Main Street
Jeanne Rimsky Theater
Port Washington, NY 10050
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"Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties) winningly spans the broad scope of environmental history in this comprehensive doc, connecting its origins with the variety of issues still challenging society today." - Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter


"Rarely do environmental-themed films come with the ambitious scope of 'A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet'...which aims at nothing less than the history of environmentalism itself." - Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times


"The material is vast and it's an incredibly dynamic film. It's shaping up to be the documentary of record on the environmental movement. I think it'll be hugely successful." - Cara Mertes, Director, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program


"The film left me emotionally drained and profoundly hopeful." - Bruce Barcott, On Earth Magazine


"While it sounds like a tall order to encompass more than half a century of environmental activism history in one film, Kitchell somehow manages to do so in a way that feels comprehensive and vibrant enough to inspire new converts." - Basil Tsiokos, what (not) to doc


"Brilliant. Should be assigned viewing for all of us, especially those political leaders currently manning the helm of spaceship earth." - Jay Meehan, Park City Record


"Sweeping and timely." - Judy Fahys, The Salt Lake Tribune


"Ardently passionate and naturally provocative, the eco-chronicle A Fierce Green Fire has the informality of an Occupy encampment, the militancy of anti-whaler Paul Watson and a genuine sense of history." - Paul Anderson, Variety


"A visually stunning survey of the environmental movement, from early battles to save American wilderness to international campaigns to save the health of human societies and the biosphere. Broad in scope and fast moving, A Fierce Green Fire introduces many of the leaders (both famous and little-known) who have shaped the struggle. This film is worthy of admiration, and has obviously been a major effort by the filmmakers. It will inspire the next generation of activists." - Dr. Richard Tucker, Professor of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan and author of Insatiable Appetite: The United States and Ecological Degradation of the Tropical World

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A Fierce Green Fire:
The Battle for a Living Planet


A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement - grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, has won acclaim at festivals around the world, and in 2013 begins theatrical release as well as educational distribution and use by environmental groups and grassroots activists.


Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future - and succeeding against all odds.


The film unfolds in five acts, each with a central story and character:

  1. David Brower and the Sierra Club's battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon
  2. Lois Gibbs and Love Canal residents' struggle against 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals
  3. Paul Watson and Greenpeace's campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals
  4. Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubbertappers' fight to save the Amazon rainforest
  5. Bill McKibben and the 25-year effort to address the impossible issue - climate change
Join Sustainable Long Island 


Join Sustainable Long Island on Monday, June 16, 2014 at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington for:


5:30PM A cocktail hour with wine provided by Bedell Cellars, whose Merlot was the first Long Island wine in history to be served at the Presidential Inauguration (2009), and a delicious dessert provided by crowd
local favorite Sugarbearz.


6:30PM This exclusive film screening offering a deeper view of environmentalism as civilizational change - bringing our industrial society into sustainable balance with nature.


8:00PM An interactive question and answer session discussing the film's key messages with leaders in the industry: 


From Left to Right


Diane Masciale is General Manager of WLIW21 and Executive Producer of WLIW Productions at WNET, parent company of WLIW21 and THIRTEEN, and operator of NJTV.  This Long Island native is responsible for day-to-day operations of WLIW21, the country's 4th most-watched PBS station. As Executive Producer, she oversees local productions for all three stations.


Joshua Klainberg is Senior Vice President at the New York League of Conservation Voters and works closely with all department heads, providing guidance and assistance in the planning, implementation and analysis of discrete projects.He also oversees all aspects of the Leagues' political program including candidate evaluation, endorsement and electoral activities.


Dr. Scott Carlin is a professor of geography in LIU Post's new Masters of Science program in Environmental Sustainability. His areas of interest include environmental politics, climate change, and public health. He co-chairs Southampton Town's Sustainable Advisory Committee and is an NGO representative to the United Nations.


Kevin McDonald, Conservation Project Director of Public Lands at The Nature Conservancy, is responsible for identifying public funding to support initiatives for land protection as well as habitat restoration and management across Long Island. He spearheaded The Nature Conservancy's broad-based ballot initiative for the benefit of environmental protection in Suffolk County.


Last Chance to Register  


Don't miss out! This revealing event is only a few days away! Tickets are just $25 per person and available online. Student pricing of $10 is available with valid student ID. Contact Stephanie DerGarabedian for more information at 516-873-0230 or via email.


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How did you become interested in solar energy/power?


I thought solar was a good idea before, but we couldn't do it. Solar energy has been out of reach for many years due to the cost. Level Solar knocked on the door and we liked their offering, especially because it was free. - The Stephensons


The president of the company I worked for went solar about 14 years ago. He was entered into a raffle with LIPA where they picked 10 people to receive free rooftop solar. I became very interested then. It was amazing how much his bill changed. - The DiPiettos

What helped you determine that "going solar" was right for you? With so many other solar companies available, what made you choose Level Solar?


With Level Solar going solar was free and it is saving us money. Also, there was nothing tricky with the paperwork. - The Stephensons


I've been in the environmental industry for 16 years so renewable energy was something that intrigued me. I chose Level Solar because they are a local company. From the very start they make you feel like family. It was never a sale with them. They were extremely knowledgeable and walked me through the process step by step. They made me feel comfortable. - The DiPiettos


How did you find the paperwork/approval process for "going solar?" Please explain any steps that were involved.


It was not complicated at all; it was simple and to the point. Everything was on the up and up, there was no fine print or hidden fees. We didn't do anything for permitting; Level Solar did all the hard work. - The Stephensons


The process couldn't have been easier. My Solar Consultant gave me LIPA documents to sign as well as municipal documents. Once I signed the rest was done for me. Level Solar obtained and paid for everything.They secured my building permit and scheduled all the necessary inspections to get my system installed and connected. The town conducted a final inspection and issued me a Certificate of Occupancy. - The DiPiettos


What benefits have you experienced or anticipate experiencing as a result of "going solar?"


For us the biggest benefit is the savings. Second to that was going green. - The Stephensons


Not only am I saving money and doing my part to help rectify a global issue, I also became part of the wonderful Level Solar family. Any time someone I know has questions, the team at Level Solar is always there to help. - The DiPiettos


Would you recommend "going solar" to the average homeowner? If so, why?


Yes! With Level Solar it was free and we are saving money!  I think the solar panels look neat, we are doing the right thing, and if the wife is happy, I'm happy! - The Stephensons


Absolutely. If you have a good roof for solar there is no reason not to go solar. Just be selective about which company you choose. With the right company, solar costs you nothing, saves you money and helps the environment. - The DiPiettos