Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Midewin National Tallgrass Theatre sponsoring free screening of documentary: "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time"

Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is sponsoring a free screening of documentary "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time"on Saturday, October 15th, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the historic Mar Theatre in Wilmington, Illinois.

Here are some images of the Mar Theatre, located just off Route 53--old Route 66--at 121 S. Main Street in Wilmington, Illinois:

Built in 1937 at the cost of $50,000, the Mar maintains its original ticket booth, main stage, and marquee.

Aldo Leopold is considered a father of the conservation movement.  His collection of essays in "The Sand County Almanac" has sold millions of copies and in the essays Leopold describes his idea of a land ethic, the responsible relationship between people and the land.  For more information on Leopold and a preview of the film, view the trailer from "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time":

Having grown up in Will County and witnessed the rapid building of warehouses, roads, and subdivisions,  I was particularly struck by this Leopold quote: "We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us.  When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.

It is indeed fitting that Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie is sponsoring this film.   Midewin is a national tallgrass prairie located on land of the former Joliet Arsenal Ammunition Plant.   An Aldo Leopold Quote is engraved in a stone outside of the Midewin Welcome Center:

Aldo Leopold quote outside the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Welcome Center