Film On the Work of Aldo Leopold to be Previewed

Join the Ursinus community for a documentary film screening and panel discussion on Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time.  The film is the first full-length, high definition documentary film ever made about legendary environmentalist Aldo Leopold. The film screening will take place on Wednesday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m., in the Kaleidoscope Lenfest Theater. It is free and open to the public.

Leopold was an American author, scientist ecologist, forester, and environmentalist. He was a professor at the University of Wisconsin and is best known for his book A Sand County Almanac (1949), which has sold over two million copies. He was influential in the development of modern environmental ethics and in the movement for wilderness conservation. His ethics of nature and wildlife preservation impacted the environmental movement, with his biocentric or holistic ethics regarding land.

The film highlights his extraordinary career, tracing how he shaped and influenced the modern environmental movement, and connects Leopold with modern environmental projects. The film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the film’s co-director Steven Dunsky, editor Ann Dunsky, Leopold biographer Curt Meine and Ursinus Environmental Studies Professor Richard Wallace.

             “The making of Green Fire has been a process of discovery,” says Curt Meine, the film’s on-screen guide and Director of Conservation Biology and History at the Center for Humans and Nature, who will be on the  Ursinus panel. Meine’s doctoral dissertation was a biography of Leopold, published as Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work (University of Wisconsin Press, 1988). To give the film its modern perspective of Leopold’s influence in the conservation movement today, Meine conducted hundreds of interviews with people practicing conservation all over the country.

            Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time is a production of the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the US Forest Service, and the Center for Humans and Nature. The film is being shown in community screening venues and will then be released on public television in early 2012. More information is available at