Producer Mark Dixon will chat with Davis residents at a reception at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, before the 7 p.m. screening of his film, "Your Environmental Road Trip." Courtesy photo

Producer Mark Dixon will chat with Davis residents at a reception at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, before the 7 p.m. screening of his film, "Your Environmental Road Trip." Courtesy photo

Agriculture + Environment

Take an ‘environmental road trip’ in eco-comedy film

By From page A5 | March 13, 2012


What: “Your Environmental Road Trip”

When: Reception with producer Mark Dixon at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, followed by the film at 7 p.m.

Where: Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St.

Info: Bring your own water bottle; refreshments will be provided

Tickets: A donation of $5-$20 suggested at the door; RSVP to guarantee a seat at http://cooldavis.YERT.eventbrite.com

Fifty states. One year. Zero garbage?

“Your Environmental Road Trip” documents a year-long eco-expedition of environmental sustainability. Davisites can share the adventures, the innovations and the laughs at a public screening of the award-winning film at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at the Veterans’ Memorial Theater, 203 E. 14th St. The screening is sponsored by Cool Davis.

Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road — traveling America with hope, humor and all of their garbage — to explore the good, the bad and the weird across every state. They’re in search of the extraordinary innovators and courageous citizens who are tackling humanity’s greatest environmental crises.

As the team layers outlandish eco-challenges onto its yearlong quest, an unexpected turn of events throws the project for a loop in this award-winning docu-comedy. It features Bill McKibben, Wes Jackson, Will Allen, Janine Benyus, Joel Salatin and David Orr, with music by Ben Sollee, Daniel Martin Morre, Mark Geary and more.

For more information, see www.YERT.com.

Davis City Councilman Dan Wolk, a college buddy of producer Mark Dixon, reflects on the importance of the film for Davis.

“Over the next few decades, our economic, social and environmental resilience will be challenged by the all-reaching effects of climate change and population growth,” Wolk said. “Locally, we will be faced with overflowing landfills, water and energy shortages and the loss of farmland, among other problems.

“Mark and the individuals he introduces in the film are forward-thinkers, pioneers. I’m glad they are out there trying to change our practices.

“In that spirit, I encourage everyone not only to watch ‘YERT’ to see what others are doing, but more importantly, to come away with a renewed commitment to bettering our environment here in Davis.”

The filmmakers learned that efficiency, renewable energy and technological advances are critically important, but Americans can’t begin to address climate change unless they also address how they grow food, use water, measure the economy, approach human health, create/protect community, and, ultimately, find fulfillment and understand themselves.

Cool Davis is sponsoring the film to promote discussion in Davis about how to reach the ambitious goals of the city’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan: a 15 percent reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions in 75 percent of households by 2015 as Davis aims for carbon neutrality by 2050.

The city recently entered the CoolCalifornia Challenge, a yearlong competition among California cities to reduce the carbon footprints of residents and to build a more vibrant and sustainable community.

To learn more about the CoolCalifornia Challenge, visit www.cooldavis.org.

Lynne Nittler

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