Film highlighting environment, human relationship showing Aug. 20

HEIGHTS — The city Watershed Stewards Commission invites community members and those from surrounding areas to attend the showing of a documentary on the environment and its relationship with human behavior.

The film, “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic For Our Time,” will be shown at the Carolyn Kennedy Library, 24590 George, at 7 p.m. Aug. 20.

The film is the story of Aldo Leopold and his passion for conservation. Leopold was an author, scientist, forester, ecologist and environmentalist who inspired generations of people to have a deep sense of place as a basis of ethical human behavior. He persuasively got people to understand that “when we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”

Leopold also understood that conservation issues were not narrow and restricted, but multidimensional, a coming together of science, history and culture to solve problems and achieve sustainable natural resource outcomes. His body of work rings true today because of how eloquently he shared his personal struggles to integrate knowledge and make ethical decisions about the conservation of natural resources.

The introduction to the film will be by John Hartig, who currently serves as refuge manager for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. His most recent book, “Burning Rivers,” was a 2011 Green Book Festival winner in the “scientific” category and a 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in the “science/nature/environment” category.

Hartig also will answer questions after the film.

“Green Fire” won an Emmy award for Best Historical Documentary at the 54th annual Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2012.

It was also an official selection at several film festivals, including the Colorado Environmental, American Conservation and Hot Springs Film Festivals.

The Watershed Stewards hope that the film will inspire viewers to love and respect our land as well as our community.

For more information about the showing, contact DHWSC Co-Chairwoman Barbara Goryca at 313-274-3144.