A Fierce Green Fire 2013 NR CC

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Spanning 50 years of grassroots and global activism, this Sundance documentary brings to light the vital stories of the environmental movement where people fought - and succeeded - against enormous odds. A Fierce Green Fire is "nothing less than the history of environmentalism itself." (Los Angeles Times). Official Selection Sundance Film Festival

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Meryl Streep, Robert Redford
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1 hour, 41 minutes

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Genres Documentary
Director Mark Kitchell
Starring Meryl Streep, Robert Redford
Supporting actors Ashley Judd, Isabel Allende, Lois Gibbs, James Hansen, Van Jones, Wangari Maathai, Bill McKibben, Chico Mendes, Barack Obama, Paul Watson
Studio Vivendi Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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If you listen to the climate change deniers, the warnings about global warming due to the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide caused by human activity are only recent and still being debated in the scientific community. As is made clear in this video about the environmental movement there were people that were sounding the initial alarm about global warming in the 1960's.
This video is a combination of a partial history of the environmental movement as well as statements about the serious consequences of the continued ejection of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It is not an extremist position to argue that global warming may generate an existential threat to the human species. Some argue that global warming will open up large new areas of northern land for food production and lead new opportunities such as a true northwest passage around the North American continent.
As is pointed out in this video, the truth is quite different. The changes in temperature have and will continue to generate droughts and a lower level of food production in the lower temperate climates. People that think that grain production currently in the United States will migrate north to Canada have never walked through an Iowa farm field and then walked through the land in Canada a few hundred miles from the border with America.
The environmental movement is about life now and in the future while those that oppose it are interested only in short-term financial gain. This video serves as a dynamic call to (continued) action for the people that are concerned about the environment. There are descriptions of events where environmental groups were able to successfully block major development projects in national parks and other unique areas.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on October 6, 2013
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"A Fierce Green Fire," a documentary in five acts, chronicles the history of the environmental movement, beginning in the early years of the 20th Century and running through the present day.

Written and directed by Mark Kitchell, the movie, based on the book by Phillip Shabecoff, divides its subject into sections entitled "Conservation," "Pollution," "Alternatives," "Going Global" and "Climate Change," each hosted by a different narrator (Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabelle Allende, Meryl Streep, respectively). The movie provides a fascinating and informative survey of the people and events that, for more than a hundred years, have helped to raise the world's consciousness regarding the harm humans are inflicting on nature and the planet. More importantly, the movie shows that people can achieve great things against nearly impossible odds when they work together in a common cause. It also illustrates how the environmental movement and the social justice movement dovetailed over time into a single entity.

By interviewing many of the movers and shakers over the decades who have dedicated their lives to preserving the environment, the movie functions as an indispensable time capsule for future generations to see how people were able to rise up and make a difference. However, the movie also makes it clear that there is still a great deal more that needs to be done, particularly in the areas of global warming and climate change. And here is where the film turns much more pessimistic, pointing out the many seemingly intractable obstacles to rational action that have been thrown up by industrial, governmental and right wing ideological forces, particularly in the United States, since the 1980s.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zarathustra on March 9, 2014
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This film begins with Love Canal where children were getting sick because of water pollution, followed by Green Peace, which saved the lives of whales, followed by Chico Mendes in Brazil who fought the destruction of the rain forest and concludes with the battle between politicians and oil companies to combat global warming. Unfortunately, the battles continue around the world to save the planet. Don't miss this one..
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alan Dubner on November 1, 2013
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In just a couple of hours you get a very close look to a timeline of the environmental movement of the last decades.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hender on December 5, 2013
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It is the most thorough, honest, informative environmental film I've ever encountered. It provides for future hope, but also shows how we are indeed a cancer on this earth, Long Live GAIA!(not us)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By steph thorpe on May 1, 2014
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Come on America, lets support all enviromental,and EPA efforts. North Dakota once a beautiful refuge of wildlife, ranches and rolling farmland is becoming, a DUMP for the oil industry. No evaporation ponds, thanks to former Vice President Cheney. People not desposing of Radio Active filters properly. Trains moving oil Exploding. We are the highest in workplace deaths in the country. Yes race here for high pay and an Early Death, thats the american way isnt it ??? The medical facilitys are broken... The educational system is broken...Yes living here with the advertising saying OIL CAN ! Should say come roll in it, oh i forgot to mention the man camps to live in? Doesnt it sound great!!! Breath and Eat Oil.......then die.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By classicalsteve on January 9, 2015
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Prior to this documentary, the debate centering on environmentalism has often been between warring factions which make the Wars of the Roses of the 15th century look tame by comparison. Each vilifies the other. The more conservative (ironically) who believe in complete free enterprise and capitalism without hindrance have labeled the environmentalists quacks and anti-capitalistic, and therefore "Un-American". Particularly figures like James Watt who was the Secretary of the Interior from 1981 to 1983 under the Reagan Administration felt that environmentalists were delusional in their perspectives, prompting Reagan to say of them "They won't be happy to until the Whitehouse is a bird's nest", which is of course wasn't true at all. Simultaneously, some "Green" activists have accused capitalists of being beholden to only moneyed and corporate interests. Corporations have argued that high regulation of business will stifle the free market and compromise jobs and incomes. The "Greens" have argued that if we destroy our planet's habitability, through Global Warming, we will have no planet upon which to exist and create, be it housing, cars, or corporations, etc. If the human species is extinct, there will be no capitalism in other words.

Strangely, prior to 2012, there hadn't been a documentary which tells the full tale of the environmentalist movement, why they came to believe what they believe, and why they have protested as vehemently as they have. Films like "An Inconvenient Truth" have successfully made the case why Global Warming threatens the existence of the Earth but there hadn't been a film explaining the history of the movement. "A Fierce Green Fire" has filled the gap.
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