Green Fire: documentary on Aldo Leopold & interview with narrator Curt Meine

Whole Terrain, June 8, 2015, By Cherice Bock

"Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time is the first full-length documentary on Aldo Leopold, prominent early twentieth century conservationist and author of A Sand County Almanac. Environmental ethicist J. Baird Callicott places Leopold within the “holy trinity” of historic conservation figures alongside Henry David Thoreau and John Muir. This Emmy Award-winning film explores Leopold’s experience through the development of his idea of a “land ethic.” It follows his life story through places he lived and worked, quotations from his writing, and interviews with his children. The filmmakers weave this story from the past into the present, directing us toward the future as we attempt to implement Leopold’s land ethic in the context of a changing climate. Peppered with interviews with Leopold scholars as well as practitioners in the fields of conservation, biology, ecology, forestry, wilderness and resource management, urban conservation, ranching, farming, and politics, Green Fire connects us with the history of the conservation and environmental movement through the life of Leopold and the influence he had on so many fields. ...

By looking into the life of this man who was a hunter, forester, scientist, writer, and philosopher, who found value in both wilderness and human-formed spaces, ... we can begin to see how we might utilize Leopold’s land ethic for the betterment of ourselves and our planet.

Leopold’s land ethic encourages us to view land not as a commodity belonging to us, but as a community to which we belong. He invites us to enlarge our ethic of right relationship with other human beings to include the soil, the water, the animals and plants, and the other resources that make up our world — what he called the land community. ..."

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Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time
Emmy Award,
Best Historical Documentary,

Chicago/Midwest Chapter
CINE Golden Eagle Award