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A Fierce Green Fire

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"Melding history, science, and up-to-the-minute urgency, A Fierce Green Fire is a clarion call that's passionate and provocative."
--Boston Globe

The history of the environmental movement is complex. Its evolution  is not necessarily linear, and its roots extend beyond lines of race, class, gender, and geography. A Fierce Green Fire captures this complexity by highlighting stories and struggles that are reflective of larger trends within the movement, making sense of what sometimes  seems like a series of random and chaotic events The film accomplishes this through five acts, each of which addresses a particular phase of the movement.

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The film is divided into five 'acts', each approximately 20 minutes.


Act 1   00:00:00-  Focuses on the conservation movement of the 60s, David Brower and the Sierra Club's battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon. Narrated by Robert Redford.

Act 2   00:20:40-   Looks at the new environmental movement of the 1970s with its emphasis on pollution, including  the battle led by Lois Gibbs over Love Canal and the emergence of a Black environmental justice movement. Narrated by Ashley Judd.

Act 3   00:43:35-  Examines alternative ecology strands and the main story is Greenpeace's campaign to save the whales. Narrated by Van Jones.

Act 4   01:02:30-  Explores global resource issues and crises of the `80s, focusing on the struggle to save the Amazon led by Chico Mendes and the rubber tappers. Narrated by Isabel Allende.

Act 5   01:20:00-  concerns climate change. Narrated by Meryl Streep.

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