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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Milford Organizations to Host Environmental Film Series

Several Milford organizations are bringing a series of environmental films to the Milford Library on Saturdays in February and March. The series is being co-sponsored by the Friends of Milford Library, Milford’s Environmental Concerns Coalition, the Benson-Crump Community Gardens Program, and the Milford Garden Club.

On February 11 at 2 PM, Carbon Nation will be shown. This film highlights the small changes that each individual can make to help the environment. It has been called a “climate change solutions movie that doesn’t even care if you believe in climate change.” Environmental Concern Coalition’s Mike Ludwig will be on hand to lead a discussion following the film. Mr. Ludwig, formerly with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA / NMFS) Northeast Aquaculture Center Laboratory at Milford, Connecticut is now Senior Biologist with the oceans &Coastal consultants, located in Trumbull, CT.

On Feb. 25 at 2 PM, local beekeeper and member of the Connecticut Beekeeper’s Association Ralph Harrison will lead a discussion following a screening of the film “The Vanishing of the Bees”. Mr. Harrison has promised to bring up-to-minute news on the scientific thinking about Colony Collapse Disorder, a disease that is threatening the existence of the honeybee worldwide.

On March 3 at 11 AM, Milford Library Children’s Dept. will screen Dr. Seuss’ famous environmental work The Lorax, along with Toxic Toys, a short documentary about the hazardous material that can be found in some toys made overseas. There will be an arts & crafts program for the youngsters. A discussion will follow, lead by Susan Eastwood, Outreach and Communications Director for Clean Water Action, and Joyce Acebo, chairwoman of diesel clean-up for the Environmental Concerns Coalition.

Finally, on March 24 at 10:30 AM, Dirt, a film about the role our earth’s soil plays in our survival as a planet will be screened. Following the film, a short discussion will be lead by Terry Halwes, a scientist who, having 'retired', is free to devote his time to studying how we can create a society that works with nature (including human nature) rather than struggling, in vain, against it. He supports, and is supported by, the Greater New Haven Transition Initiative, the New Haven/Quinnipiac Bioregional Group, the New Haven Shambhala Meditation Center, The Grove (New Haven), and two co-housing communities: Green Haven and the ARC (the Atwater Resources Cooperative).

These events are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. For more information, please call 203-783-3307.


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