"Green Fire" - Aldo Leopold's Personal Journey
The NW Cook Group recently held our monthly program meeting at the Arlington heights Library and showed the documentary "Green Fire," about the life and works of Aldo Leopold.
The meeting was a huge success and we had over 60 people attend the showing. Trisha Steele, a volunteer and expert on the life and works of Aldo Leopold, introduced the film and gave us some background information about the making of the film, the Leopold Foundation, etc. After the showing we had an enthusiastiac discussion, led by Trisha, about some of the main ideas brought out in the film.
Green Fire describes the formation of Leopold's ideas, exploring how it changed one man and later permeated through all arenas of conservation. The film draws on Leopold's life and experiences to provide context and validity, then explores the deep impact of his thinking on conservation projects around the world today. Through these examples, the film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land community. 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.
I enjoyed this documentary very much. It was smart, well done, informative, and at times, very touching. It showed who Aldo Leopold really was, and how his philosophies permeated his professional and personal life. One interesting aspect of the film was the way it challenged the viewer to guess what "Green Fire" means and where the title came from? We are given hints throughout the film, and early on we learn about an encounter Leopold had with a wolf, when he was a yougn man, and how this encounter affected him later in life.
Aldo Leopold was way ahead of his time in his concerns and efforts regarding the environment and his principles still ring true today. I highly recommend this film for any individual or group.
by Karen Peterson
Photo and Portions taken from "The Green Fire Film Project"