Remember that Intel commercial from a few years ago? It featured gobs of adoring tech people slobbering over a tiny computer chip and high-fiving the innovator who created such a fantastic piece of technology, and the punchline was “Our rock stars are different from your rock stars.” It's silly, but perhaps an accurate way to describe those people who achieved true greatness in their respective pursuits.
So, who are the rock stars when it comes to environmentalism? It just so happens that apparently Rolling Stone magazine has created a list of such people. However, we are here to talk specifically about Aldo Leopold. His is a name that many may not recognize, but his impact has stretched on into the modern day and continues to define the environmental movement.
Leopold is the subject of the documentary Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic For Our Time which will screen tonight at the Garden Pavilion of Bernheim Forest. Leopold's contribution to environmental awareness is staggering; he founded the Wilderness Society, which helped pioneer the idea of wildlife management, and he was a huge proponent in the creation of the ideas of environmental ethics and wilderness conservation. He didn't see humanity as being above the land, but a part of it, and thus we must protect and maintain it.
Green Fire is scheduled to screen at 6:30 and will be followed by a reception and discussion group. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required. This can be done by calling 502-955-8515. Admission to the film screening is $5.00 for Bernheim members and $10.00 for the general public.
Further information about Bernheim Forest, as well as driving directions, can be found at the Bernheim website.
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