February 19, 2010Planting Trees in Africa - Taking Root and Pumzi
February 20, 2010The Vanishing American West - Sweetgrass
February 21, 2010Suncoast Nature - Wild Orchid Man and The Phosphate Dilemma
February 22, 2010Under the Sea - A View from Below
February 23, 2010Urban and Suburban Community Gardens - The Nature of Cities, Beyond Organic and Homegrown Revolution
February 24, 2010Turning Trash into Cash in Cairo - Garbage Dreams and Eco Shorts
February 25, 2010Global Overfishing - End of the Line
February 26, 2010Man on the Moon - Moon
February 27, 2010Revisiting the Western -The Only Good Indian
Urban and Suburban Community Gardens - The Nature of Cities , Beyond Organic and Homegrown Revolution
When: Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 7pm
The Nature of Cities
Directed by Chuck Davis, MD, MFA & Tim Beatley, Ph.D. (English, 60m)
Produced by Jon de Graaf and narrated by Meryl Streep (English, 31m)
Produced by the Derves family (English, 16 m)
We often associate environmentalism with the effort to protect pristine wilderness. These three documentaries show that it can be just as much in our own backyards, in modern cities and suburbs. Eckerd College Professor of Environmental History Kent Curtis will be here to introduce the films and to discuss possibilities for environmental change within our own city.
The Nature of Cities
The Nature of Cities - explores both the nature in are own backyards- Austin and San Diego and the possibilities in projects of cities of the future- Malmo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Freiburg, Amsterdam and Paris. The film features Sustainable Communities professor Timothy Beatley as he tours these places with City Planners, Landscape Architects, Ecologists and Residents.
Tells the story of Fairview Gardens, a 12-acre urban organic farm in California, and its long battle to survive and thrive in the face of rapid suburban development.
In the midst of a densely urban setting in downtown Pasadena, radical change is taking root. For over twenty years, the Dervaes family have transformed their home into an urban homestead. They harvest nearly 3 tons of organic food from their 1/10 acre garden while incorporating many back-to-basics practices, as well as solar energy and biodiesel.
Prof. Kent "Kip" Curtis teaches in the Environmental Studies program at Eckerd College. His current research focuses on the historic development of environmental values, broadly conceived; he is interested in the full palette of values that people have developed toward nature, not just those that led to environmentalism. He has a deep and abiding interest in place-based education, which he is currently implementing in the form of two local landscape projects,The Organic Garden at Lakewood Elementary and The Zero Carbon Brazil Pepper Removal Project