Celebrate Earth Day in the virtual world

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BRATTLEBORO — In the midst of a global pandemic, the Earth continues to take its annual spin around the sun. Fifty of those trips ago, Earth Day was created as a day of celebration, caution and awareness. To honor this milestone year, Epsilon Spires is offering several virtual "Earth Week" activities.

- In cooperation with film distributor Grasshopper Films, Brett Story's "The Hottest August" is available to stream at www.epsilonspires.org now through April 17. The film centers on New York City during August 2017 and examines how residents respond to climate change, economic pressures and the fears these engender.

Story says the film, "offers a unique rejoinder to the climate change fatigue currently dominating the social and media landscape, because instead of asking whether or not climate change exists, it asks how are we living with the burden of it? We point the camera not at the ice caps, but at ourselves. This film offers a sideways glance at climate change and environmental futurity, offering moments of humor, surreality and poignancy in its archive of the present."

Tickets are $12, available on the Events page at www.epsilonspires.org.

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- "Earth" (ERDE) is the newest offering by Austrian film director Nikolaus Geyrhalter, who documents the billions of tons of earth moved annually by humans with shovels, excavators or dynamite, observing people in mines, quarries and large construction sites in a constant struggle to appropriate the planet. "Earth" is available for viewing on the Events page at www.epsilonspires.org. Tickets are $12.

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- On Wednesday, April 22, Epsilon Spires will present a performance of a musical co-opera, "Secret of the Seasons (SOS)." It consists of original songs and reflective activities designed to stimulate audience members to address their relationship to global warming and climate change. The film starts at 8 p.m. and is offered free of charge at www.epsilonspires.org.

- Originally scheduled for World Water Day in March, Epsilon Spires takes the Earth Week opportunity to encourage people to seek out the documentary film "Aquerela" and view it prior to discussion on the effect of climate changes on local watersheds led by Southern Vermont environmental consultant Emily Davis via Zoom on April 23. In the film, Russian director Victor Kossakovsky offers an overview of simple water in its shifting array of forms, from the frozen-over Lake Baikal in Southern Siberia to the rains lashing Miami in the midst of Hurricane Irma.

Davis, a Brattleboro-based facilitator, planner and consultant, will lead a discussion about the effect climate changes are having on the local watershed. Davis' presentation is available free of charge. Check the website for start time. To receive a Zoom invitation, send an email to info@epsilonspires.org with Davis in the subject line. "Aquerela" is available to rent on multiple streaming applications.

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- Two activities are on tap for Friday, April 24. People are encouraged to seek out "Anthropocene: the Human Epoch," a film which shows ways in which the beauty of nature has been disturbed. Also on Friday, author and editor Jason W. Moore will appear via Zoom to discuss the book, "Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism." The book offers a series of essays on nature and power, humanity, and capitalism. "Anthropocene: The Human Epoch" is available to rent on multiple streaming platforms. Moore's presentation is available free of charge. Check the website for start time. To receive a Zoom invitation, send an email to info@epsilonspires.org with Moore in the subject line.

- On Saturday, April 25, Epsilon Spires will screen "Water Makes Us Wet - An Ecosexual Adventure," a film by LGBTQ activists Beth Stephens & Annie Sprinkle, after which Sprinkle will lead a discussion via Zoom. Sprinkle is making her film available for viewing at no charge. More details will be available soon.

For more information about and a full schedule of Earth Week events, visit www.epsilonspires.org/earth-week.


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