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Almanac Archive for May 26, 2021


Join VCS and the MV Film Society for
    Nature as Inspiration
                The 7th Annual Environmental Film Festival         
Returning Tomorrow: Nature as Inspiration
     Dive into nine film events this weekend with MV Film Society & VCS  
    
This Memorial Day weekend, the Nature as Inspiration environmental film festival returns with nine new screenings sure to enlighten and entertain. This marks the seventh year of an annual collaboration between VCS and the MV Film Society to share with the Island community thought-provoking films on humanity's relationship with the natural world.

Following last year’s entirely online “virtual festival,” this year’s hybrid event will (as with many happenings this spring) represent a partial return to normalcy. In addition to the scheduled showings at the Film Center (directions here), each film can be streamed online in the comfort of your own home, any time from May 27–30. It’s your call – big screen or comfy couch – just get your tickets today!

Theater screenings kick off Thursday night (the 27th) at 7:30 with Seeding Change: The Power of Conscious Commerce, and wrap up Sunday night with One Billion Angels, an unflinching look at the challenges posed by global overpopulation. A true testament to the complexity of the issues involved, the views presented by the two films could be taken as complimentary – or contradictory. Are we engaged in the wrong kind of consumption – or too much consumption? Can a population of 8 billion and growing collectively act as conscious consumers? Do all 8 billion of us have the necessary power to choose, and if not, how do we get it?

Special guests for in-person screenings include David Abel, who will join us for a discussion of his film Entangled (Saturday at 7:30 pm), about “how climate change has accelerated a collision between one of the world’s most endangered species, North America’s most valuable fishery, and a federal agency mandated to protect both.” Jesse Ausubel, Director of the Program for the Human Environment at Rockefeller University, will lead a discussion following the One Ocean Film Tour, Sunday’s excellent collection of short films. Finally, discussion following One Billion Angels will feature two special guests: Liz Durkee, Climate Change Planner for the MV Commission, and Ben Robinson, Chair of the Climate Action Task Force. In addition, for those streaming at home, Film Society Director Richard Paradise has arranged for two prerecorded special features, his interview with Bear-Like director Roman Droux, and a discussion among the makers of The Great Green Wall. Thank you, Richard!

Top photo:  Join us Sunday at 1:00 for the One Ocean Film Tour, followed by a discussion with VCS Science Advisor Jesse Ausubel. A scientist with a true passion for protecting and understanding the ocean, Jesse has been a leader in the Census of Marine Life, as well as his current project, the International Quiet Ocean Experiment

Environmental Issues at Town Meeting  
     So far, so good!

With four of six Annual Town Meetings now in the books, it has already been a good season for sustainability issues on the Warrant. Oak Bluffs went first, passing the VCS-sponsored voluntary ban on polystyrene plastic, as well as a legally-binding ban on plastic water and soda bottles brought by the students of Plastic Free M.V. (congrats, kids!), and a third Article, brought by local businesses, instructing the town to create a committee to study the issue of plastic pollution. Oak Bluffs also voted to adopt the building Stretch Code, increasing efficiency standards in construction, as did Edgartown at their Town Meeting the following week. 

For more background and the VCS perspective on these and other issues (including air pollution, solar farm siting, and carbon sequestration), please see the complete Town Meeting rundown in the previous edition of the Almanac.


For photos from this year's Beach Clean-up (including a prize-winning lure and jar of pickles), click here or the graphic above



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