Green Movies

Thank you, everyone who put up posters, came to the movies, made the coffee (Adelle’s), underwrote the costs of screening the films–the NH Charitable Foundation and the City of Dover–and many, many thanks to the amazing librarians at Dover Public Library, who offered their space and equipment for the series, and the Friends of the Dover Public Library, for serving as fiscal agent.

Based on conversations following the films, there appears to be interest in having another film series–one focused more on showing solutions and less on highlighting problems. We will put our minds to it. Please use the comments feature to name any films you think would fit the bill or topics you would like explored.

For anyone who hasn’t seen all the movies, they should be available soon at the Dover Public Library.
Blue Vinyl. (2002) The other side of siding. Website.
Tapped. (2009) Water wants to be free. Website.
A Crude Awakening. (2006) The high cost of cheap oil. Website.
Radiant City. (1997, 85 mins). When bad design happens to good people. Trailer.
Dirt. (2009, 80 mins.) The human – humus link.

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Sustainability Films, Redux

The overwhelming audience feedback from the Green Dover Sustainability Film Series was to showcase films with positive models and messages that people could act on. So talk is bubbling up this winter of holding another series, this time featuring the kinds of visionaries and hands-on activists who are showing the way forward.

Some films that might be of interest:

The Greening of Southie (scroll down for trailer)
Garbage Warrior (short trailer)
Biophilia (trailer)

We will also welcome local filmmakers who have tackled the question of creating resilient habitats.

What would you want to see?

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Another Look at the Fibonacci Sequence

The amazing Fibonacci sequence shows up powerfully (literally) in this image of Hurricane Irene. Another instance of how the repetition of simple forms creates amazing natural structures. Where do you see Fibonacci sequences in your world?

The image, by the way, is from

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The Future of Urban Agriculture–One Garden at a Time

For six years now the Chicago Botanic Garden has been involved in a youth development/ urban farming project that is just amazing. Here is a recent account, entitled “Farmville in Real Life.”

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Don’t Forget: John Carroll in Rye Tomorrow Night

John Carroll, the sage of New England soil, will take part in a discussion of his new book, The Real Dirt, at Rye Public Library May 18 at 6:30 pm. Carroll, a professor of Natural Resources at UNH, has a comprehensive and persuasive vision of a thriving local agriculture here in New England. His talk is free. Highly recommended.

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The Real Dirt on New England

UNH professor and inspiring speaker John Carroll will take part in a public discussion on locally grown food at Rye Public Library Wednesday May 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Professor Carroll’s session will be preceded by an initial discussion group on Wednesday May 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Rye Public Library, 581 Washington Road. Contact Alex Herlihy, Rye Historical Society (   tel.  997 6742) to sign up or find out more.

John Carroll gave a rousing keynote speech at Dover’s First Energy/ Gardening Fair in 2009 and permitted me to record him then and play this now. I’m having technical difficulties and have to link from another blog, but here is John Carroll discussing his book Pastures of Plenty, on the extremely good pastureland New England offers and what a sustainable agriculture system in our part of the country might look like.

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Feedback: “Dirt”

Twenty people showed up to see Dirt, the last film in the Green Dover Movies series–for the moment, at least. Nineteen people filled out surveys (thank you!) and said:

Seven people were in the 46-65 age range; four people each were in the 65+ and the 31-45 age range; and three people were in the 18-30 range.

Seven people identified the issues raised in Dirt as ones they care about and are likely to act on; one person said it was an issue he or she was aware of but doesn’t foresee acting on it, and eleven people identified the issues raised in Dirt as ones they cared deeply about and have acted on, for example:
I belong to a CSA, have my own garden
I am starting my garden in my backyard this season and saving scraps to compost.
I worked on a project in Iowa to try to minimize the impacts of monocultural crops
I garden, compost, struggle to protect my land; always research about doing it better.
I compost
I’ve been composting since 1980 etc.
I garden!
I compost, garden, and am a CSA member

Thirteen people said Dirt contained great information they will act on right away; five said it contained good information they will continue to think about. Seventeen people found Dirt appealing; two people said it was okay and one of them explained that he or she rated it okay only because it had little that was new to him or her.

One person said he or she was just learning about sustainability; nine people said they take sustainability into account in shopping, travel, etc. decisions, and seven people are actively working to create sustainable systems and structures.

People also offered comments:
I really liked the information and discussion. It definitely helped me frame my ideas for the community garden, children & sustainability, and the role of sustainability in my future.
Loved the series, would love to see more of this topic; what more can people to do save/ protect our Planet.
Outstanding opportunity to heighten awareness and motivate
Thank you!
Thanks much for putting your energy into making this series happen!

Please continue this “effort” to educate citizens; how about repeating the movies; also guest speakers
Best film ever! 🙂
Great film, wonderful!

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Feedback: Radiant City

Ten people showed up for Radiant City; eight filled out surveys. (Thank you.)

Six people represented the 46 – 65 age range; one person each from the 18 – 30 and 65+ range filled out surveys. Four people identified the topic (suburbia and human design) as one they were aware of but do not foresee acting on. Two people saw it as an issue they care about and are likely to act on, and two saw it as an issue they care deeply about have acted on–one people wrote, “I avoid the burbs.”

Six people found the information good and will continue to think about it; two found it great and will act on it right away. Seven people found the film appealing; one found it okay. Two people said they are just learning about sustainability three said they try to take sustainability into account in shopping, travel and other decisions, and four said they were actively working to create sustainable systems and structures (one person said he or she was both working to create sustainable systems and structures and taking sustainability into account in personal decisions.

Following the film, conversation touched on open space in Dover, principles of smart growth, and conservation, noting Dover’s many parks. The issue of using arable land for housing as jeopardizing farming and food security also arose. People also talked about community and how it is unfortunate that people typically only act truly like part of a community during a crisis. We also discussed public spaces in Dover and talked about the idea of streets as possible connectors among people, noting that Dover now has its first “traffic calming” speed bump–more of a rise than a bump–on Lexington Street, between Washington and West Concord Streets, as seen in this photograph.

Several people raised the question of screening films that offered solutions rather than provoking questions and expressed interest in a follow-up sustainability series that highlights solutions. The next film, 6:30 on Tuesday, April 5 is Dirt and we will revisit discussion of a follow-on series then.

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