Steamboat briefs: Earth Day Film Festival at library starts Tuesday |

Steamboat briefs: Earth Day Film Festival at library starts Tuesday

Bud Werner Memorial Library and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council's Sustainable Schools program present a two-night film festival in honor of Earth Day 2014.

Screenings are:

■ Tuesday: "A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet" is a 2012 documentary film about the history of grass-roots environmental activism by the Academy Award-nominated director Mark Kitchell, narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Van Jones and Isabel Allende.

■ Wednesday: "YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip" is a multi-award-winning docu-comedy about three friends, 50 states and one wild year as they are called to action by a planet in peril, traveling America with hope and humor to explore the good, the bad and the weird across every state in search of the extraordinary innovators and courageous citizens who are tackling humanity's greatest environmental crises.

The films screen at 6:30 p.m. in Library Hall and are free, but donations will be accepted in support of the Steamboat Springs Middle School Green Team program and current fundraising efforts for ozone-monitoring equipment to be able to participate in the Global Ozone Project, an online resource to organize and collect ozone emissions data throughout North America.

More information can be found at

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