Essex -- Greenbelt, Essex County’s land trust, invites the public to join them for a series of unique films, lectures and special workshops that explore environmental themes, and provide inspiration for individual and community action.
The threats to honey bees, why nature makes us happier and healthier, and an accomplished woman “you never heard of” are among the topics Greenbelt expects will get the public thinking about the outdoors during the cold winter months.
“Greenbelt members have shown strong interest in films and lectures that offer a way to explore environmental issues and ways they can act,” said Greenbelt President Ed Becker. “Based on the success of last year’s series, we have added more programs and more variety to the 2018 schedule.”
The series begins with two screenings of the film “Tomorrow” on January 25th. From urban agriculture to ambitious recycling, the film is called “a movement” to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live.
When Annie Smith Peck climbed the summit of the Matterhorn in 1895, the focus was not on the accomplishment of this scholar, suffragette and political activist, but whether she should be arrested for wearing pants on the climb. Author Hannah Kimberley, of Gloucester, will discuss her book “A Woman’s Place is at the Top” on Feb. 15.
Without bees, there is no pollination, and fruit and vegetables could disappear. The honey bee, which appeared on earth 60 million years before man, is as indispensable to the economy as it is to man’s survival. The film “More Than Honey,” scheduled for March 22, investigates the reasons behind the decimation of bee colonies around the world.
Farmers for America makes its Massachusetts premiere on March 28th. Greenbelt will host the documentary film screening on the future of farming, followed by a panel discussion with local young farmers.
The series concludes on April 19 with renowned author Florence Williams, who will present her latest book, “The Nature Fix, Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative” at the Pingree School Auditorium. Delving into completely new research from around the world, she uncovers the powers of the natural world to improve health, promote reflection and innovation, and ultimately strengthen our relationships. As our modern lives shift dramatically indoors, these ideas—and the answers they yield—are more urgent than ever..
Most events are free, with nominal admission fees at others. A full listing of the events and their locations across Essex County can be found on Greenbelt’s website, www.ecga.org.