The Chestertown Environmental Committee’s film and lecture series continues this Thursday, March 3, 6:30 pm at Sumner Hall, with a presentation of DIRT! The Movie. This story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility — from its miraculous beginning to its tragic degradation is free and open to the public.
Narrated by Jaimie Lee Curtis and inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, DIRT! The Movie introduces viewers to dirt’s fascinating history. Four billion years of evolution have created the dirt that recycles our water, gives us food, and provides us with shelter. But humanity has endangered this vital living resource with destructive methods of agriculture, mining practices, and urban development, with catastrophic results: mass starvation, drought, and global warming.
Filmmakers Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow traveled the world capturing the stories of global visionaries who are discovering new possibilities for sustaining life on earth- from edible schoolyards to sustainable agriculture, prison horticultural programs to tree planting in Brazil.
The Chestertown Environmental Series lectures and films are held the first Thursday of each month, 6:30 pm at Sumner Hall, 206 South Queen St. The series is curated by Margo Bailey, and is sponsored by the town of Chestertown. For more information, and a short video about composting, go to http://www.chestertown.com/environment.