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Somerset Library to screen 'Green Fire' documentary April 23

Ginny Scheiderer

With so many options to celebrate this month including Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, National Poetry month, and National Library Week, we are focusing on Earth Day here at the Somerset Public Library. The New York Times ran an ad in early 1970 introducing the concept to the masses, asking for support of the growing movement.

Here is a fun fact: Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Clear Lake is credited with founding Earth Day. But, if you read the biography by Bill Christofferson, Nelson insists the day organized itself at the grassroots level across multiple states. Environmentalists such as Muir, Carson, and Leopold established a solid base for that support in the decades prior to the official designation on April 22.

We are thrilled to partner with The Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo to offer a free screening of the documentary "Green Fire," about his life's work to ensure people lived in harmony with wildlife and their habitats.The showing will be Monday, April 23, at 6 p.m. followed by a brief discussion. No registration is needed.

His "land ethic" extends to waterways and was informed by his love of fishing. In just over one hour, you will explore his conservation philosophies and ideas that are relevant today as we seek out clean water, protect endangered species, and control climate change on planet Earth.

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