Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership ready to host eighth Environmental Film Festival

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Photo courtesy Sally High
More and more Pagosans are growing food in their own backyards. The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership Environmental Film Festival’s “In My Backyard” will inspire more to join the local movement toward food sustainability.

By Sally High | Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership

The Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership (GGP) will host its eighth Environmental Film Festival from 2 to 8 p.m. on April 16 at the Tennyson Event Center. 

Four first-run, cutting-edge feature films from Colorado Environmental Film Festival’s 2022 lineup will entertain and inspire conversation. Guests of the film fest will enjoy a locally grown gourmet supper, catered by local favorite Chef Kathy Keyes.

The four feature-length films to be viewed and discussed are “Reflections: A Walk with Water,” “In My Backyard,” “12th Hour” and “Nature’s Big Year.” 

GGP supporters should get their wristbands early, as seating is limited.

Water, food and biodiversity are the three themes of the 2022 festival, each of paramount local importance. Three exhibit tables will feature the GGP’s educational partners, organizations that share the GGP’s values and environmental education mission.

Invited to engage with guests at the water exhibit table are Growing Water Smart, the Watershed Enhancement Partnership, San Juan Water Conservancy District and Friends of the Upper San Juan. These organizations work locally to conserve our water supply, protect our water quality and teach wise use of our most precious natural resource: water.

Featured at the food exhibit table will be the Pagosa Springs Farmers Market, Food Coalition and Healthy Archuleta, and Colorado State University’s Grow and Give project. 

Weminuche Audubon Society, Audubon Rockies and Southwest Colorado environmental educators will staff the biodiversity exhibit table. Guests can engage with the creators of Hershey Memorial Native Plants Garden on the GGP site in Centennial Park. 

Members of Pagosa Wetlands Partners can invite guests to learn about the rich biodiversity of our local flora and fauna featured in their educational walks from the GGP amphitheater downstream along the Riverwalk. Copies of the legislated Colorado Environmental Education Plan will be available at the biodiversity table.

The GGP’s film festival will kick off the 2022 Earth Day celebration. Pagosa Springs’ Earth Day, organized by Southwest Organization for Sustainability, will take place along Centennial Park’s Riverwalk on April 23.

Visit www.pagosagreen.org and link from the home page to purchase your wristbands for the 2022 Environmental Film Festival. The GGP sincerely appreciates your support. The GGP is “growing food and community with local energy.”