Suzi Cox, EEMP volunteer
As an EEMP volunteer, I have facilitated a partnership between Pueblo Library and the nonprofit organization Environmental Education Media Project. On Thursday August 15th, I showed the 30 minute EEMP film Hope in a Changing Climate free for the public at Pueblo Library. Following the film, the audience enjoyed an hour long Skype discussion with filmmaker and soil scientist John D. Liu, who joined us live from Beijing. John answered questions from several audience members and expanded on many of the issues covered in EEMP’s films. Some attendees included members of local organizations such as CSU Extension office of Pueblo, Beulah’s School of Natural Sciences, Pikes Peak Permaculture, and Transition Manitou. Farming families joined us from all over the front range – Pueblo, Monument, Colorado Springs, Fowler, Avondale, and farther.
On Thursday, September 12, I will be hosting another event at Pueblo Library on behalf of EEMP. I will be showing the 50 minute film Green Gold starting at 5:30 pm. After a short intermission following the film, we’ll be discussing the film and environmental education, ecosystem restoration, and various local projects. We have a panel of guests who will be speaking on behalf of their organizations to inform the community of what is currently going on, what is being planned, and what needs there may be, to help meet more of the community’s needs and find out what might be missing. Included in the panel are people like certified permaculture teachers Becky Elder and Brian Fritz of Transition Manitou and Pikes Peak Permaculture, and Beki J. Guion of Arkansas Valley Organic Growers and Javernick Family Farms / Family Roots Farm. Many of the participants in the August 15th event expressed a strong desire to return to continue the discussion in September. We hope many more area organizations and individuals will join us. The auditorium can hold 200 people, and we have plenty of room to set up more display materials if there are organizations interested in participating by displaying information. Please contact me regarding specifics.
These events are completely free for the public, put on entirely by volunteers, and not sponsored by any particular business or organization.