On April 14: Step it Up 2007—as part of a co-sponsored event, a showing of Michael Taylor’s compelling movie The Great Warming. The director and other global warming experts such as Dr. Jon Isham from Middlebury College are expected to give presentations and participate in an interactive panel discussion.

Narrated by Alanis Morissette and Keanu Reeves, The Great Warming is a dramatic film about climate change that sweeps around the world to reveal how a changing climate is affecting the lives of people everywhere. It has been called "the best film about global warming ever shot," and taps into the growing groundswell of public interest in this topic to present an emotional, accurate picture of our children's planet.

The Great Warming includes hard-hitting comments from scientists and opinion-makers about America’s lack of leadership in what is certainly the most critical environmental issue of the 21st century, as well as new scenes documenting the emerging voice of the American Evangelical community urging action on climate change. Learn more about the movie at: www.thegreatwarming.com. There is also a link on the website to purchase a copy if you wish.

This event opens an exciting week of workshops and presentations around our energy use, as individuals, and the Mad River Valley community. Many other local groups and individuals are involved in the planning and implementation of this week. All events will be held at The Big Picture Theater and Café in Waitsfield. More information to come!

On April 19: What a Waste! An examination of consumption and garbage

As part of the community effort "7 Days for the Earth" which features seven days of education, discussion, workshops and earth-friendly activities to honor and heal our planet, GMGF presents the films Affluenza and Escape from Affluenza. These two-hour long films explore the high social and environmental costs of materialism and over consumption. Affluenza is hosted by NPR personality Scott Simon and delves into the framing the topic and how over consumption merged with American culture in post WWII. Escape from Affluenza is the solution-oriented sequel. Hosted by Wanda Urbanska, co-author of Simple Living, Escape picks up where Affluenza left off by profiling people and organizations that are reducing consumption and waste, choosing work that reflects their values, and working to live in better balance with the environment. Films to be followed by casual discussion in the café.

Venue: The Big Picture Theater and Café in Waitsfield
Time: 6:30pm