GEHC hosts premiere of new 'Green' movie

BUFORD -- The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center Foundation will host a free screening Friday of a new film, "Green Fire," a documentary about conservationist Aldo Leopold.

The film explores Leopold's life in the early part of the 20th century and the ways in which his land ethic idea continues to be applied throughout the world.

"Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time" is a production of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the U.S. Forest Service and the Center for Humans and Nature.

The screening at the Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford will be the Atlanta area premiere of the film, which is being shown in community screening venues throughout the year. It will be released on public television in early 2012.

"Aldo Leopold's legacy lives on today in the work of people and organizations across the nation and around the world," Aldo Leopold Foundation Executive Director Buddy Huffaker said. "What is exciting about 'Green Fire' is that it is more than just a documentary about Aldo Leopold; it also explores the influence his ideas have had in shaping the conservation movement as we know it today by highlighting some really inspiring people and organizations doing great work to connect people and the natural world in ways that even Leopold might not have imagined."

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a reception sponsored by Chocolate Perks of Duluth and an exhibit preview by Kate Gilman titled "No Idling Campaign."

The film screening begins at 7 p.m. and will include an introduction and question-and-answer session with Huffaker, who also served as the film's executive producer.

Those who wish to attend are asked to reserve a seat today by calling 770-904-3500.

The Environmental and Heritage Center is located at 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford, off of Plunkett Road. For more information, visit www.gwinnettehc.org.