As Symposium coincides with the Advocates for a Sustainable Future's Earth Week programming this year (Apr. 5-11), we will screen a documentary that connects our vision for the week to the Symposium theme. A Fierce Green Fire -- narrated by several celebrities and well-known environmental activists -- explores the roots of environmental movements, traces the impacts of several key historical moments in their progress and setbacks, and discusses what challenges they face today. Connecting scientific findings and concerns to political movements, this documentary encourages thought on how a desire to pursue our transformation to a global society holding a preference for mindfulness of the environment might be expressed and sought out. It is suggested that by examining how this desire has both failed and been realized, and how it has led to beneficial and detrimental action in the past, we may better understand ways for moving forward on environmental action. By studying how environmentalism is woven into political memory and affects attitudes toward it now, it is our hope that viewers will gain something new in their perspectives. The question of how one may adjust one's own life in regard to the future of the environment -- and how such changes are prompted by historical, political, sociological, or economic factors (in addition to actual scientific factors) -- is what we have in mind in choosing to present A Fierce Green Fire. Following the documentary, a brief conclusion to guide the audience in thinking about how the ideas posed might be applied with a Christian perspective will be provided by the ASF directors.
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