Charleston celebrated Earth Day by land, by sea and by cinema. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival , presented by the Charleston Green Fair, drew an undaunted and excited crowd of activists, farmers, foodies and local entrepreneurs to the Hippodrome. Attendees were treated to a glimpse of the good work people are doing to honor and preserve the environment in the interest of whales, water, wildflowers, and grandkids.
Click hyperlinks to see trailers and learn about local nonprofits.
In A Sheltered Sea, communities along the California coast dialogue about the Marine Life Protection Act and what it means to establish a network of underwater wildlife refuges. All "stakeholders" are equally represented, from scientists to activists to fishermen and coastal residents. One fisherman confesses, "I've been fishing for 48 years and the last thing I want to do is take the last fish." The SC Aquarium presented.
In Young Voices on Climate Change, Alex Loorz, teenage mastermind of the iMatter campaign, orchestrates the installation of high-water marks in the form of clever and moving totem icons informing citizens of Ventura, CA that in the next fifty years, they will be underwater. A segment on Team Marine of Santa Monica High School features a teenage boy dressed up in a ruffled suit of plastic bags speaking to the LA county council to illustrate the effect of plastic bags on the environment. LA County passed a bill banning plastic bags. Lowcountry Earth Force presented.
The Elements of Food, presented by the Coastal Conservation League, chronicles an odyssey of a few guys in their biodeisel camper van hopscotching all over the country in pursuit of fun and food to fuel it -- surfing, skiing, laughing and making good, wholesome macrobiotic food with friends at every stop along the way.
The Greenhorns, presented by Lowcountry Local First, profiles a new generation of farmers striving for self-sufficiency and ecological integrity. The past generation may have "indulged themselves in ecological criminality" but a new generation is changing the world one garden at a time. The film profiles, among others, a woman making her own cheese in cargo trailers, a couple in West Virgina making their own tools, and a California couple propagating native plants.