Keepin’ it clean and green

by Mark Burger

Temple Emanuel’s “Environmental Movie/Speaker Night” series in Winston-Salem rings in the new year with a special screening on Jan. 2 of the documentary feature Green Fire at 7 pm.

The 2011 film, which was co-directed by Ann Dunsky, Steve Dunsky and Dave Steinke, examines the life of noted environmentalist Aldo Leopold (1887-1948), the author of the bestseller The Sand County Almanac (which was published shortly after his death) and a tireless proponent of nature and wildlife preservation. To this day, he is widely regarded as one of the preeminent American conservationists of the twentieth century and a forefather of the current efforts to both protect and sustain the environment.

The film, narrated by Curt Meine and featuring award-winning actor Peter Coyote (ET, Bitter Moon, Erin Brockovich) as the voice of Aldo Leopold, offers a comprehensive look at the circumstances that led Leopold to become a proponent — and protector — of the natural environment.

There will be an open discussion following the screening and refreshments will be served. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to offset event costs.

The “Environmental Movie/ Speaker Night” series will continue at Temple Emanuel on Thursday, Feb. 6 with a screening of the documentary Bringing It Home: Industrial Hemp, Healthy Houses and a Greener Future for America, directed by Linda Booker and Blaire Johnson. Among the guest speakers currently scheduled for this event are Tim Callahan, architect on the Nauhaus in Asheville; Patrique Veille, a hemp distributor from right here in Winston-Salem; and, via Skype, Gregory Flavall, who built the original “Hemp House” in Ashville. This self-explanatory documentary explores the history of hemp. Hemp could well be a money-making crop for American farmers, but at present it is illegal to farm in the United States, which has created both a quandary and a controversy.

This screening is also free of charge. The ongoing mission of the “Environmental Movie/Speaker Night” series is to educate and empower, and bring to light environmental issues that affect us all and the planet we all call home. !


Temple Emanuel is located at 201 Oakwood Drive in Winston-Salem. For more information, call 336.766.2767 or e-mail