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Green Newton Screening of Film: "The Work of 1000"


Event Date: 
Mon, 02/28/2011 - 7:00pm
Event Location: 
Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium

 


Join us for this screening of "The Work of 1000," which focuses on noted environmentalist Marion Stoddart, who began as a member of the local League of Women Voters, and became the force that brought the horribly polluted Nashua River back from the abyss. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on leadership with Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong, Charles River Watershed's Bob Zimmerman, moderated by Lois Levin, with special guest Rita Barron. Mayor Setti Warren will introduce the film, which illustrates that collaboration among environmental advocates and local government leaders is essential to protecting our natural resources and mitigating climate change.

As always, tea will be served at this event. Please bring your own mug!

More info about the film is here

In the 1960s, the Nashua River in New Hampshire and central Massachusetts was one of the 10 most polluted in the country, clogged with multicolored, toxic sludge from nearby paper mills.

 

Around that time, housewife Marion Stoddart moved to the area with her family, so close to the river they could smell its noxious fumes. At a low point in her life, she decided to fight her own emptiness by taking on the biggest challenge she could find—cleaning up the Nashua.

Her dramatic success in mobilizing the community showed people that change was possible, even though they’d lost hope.

Marion’s efforts helped get the Massachusetts Clean Rivers Act passed so that companies weren’t allowed to pollute rivers like the Nashua anymore.

In the process, she won a United Nations award, was profiled in National Geographic, and had a widely-read children’s book written about her. Her secret? An ordinary person can do extraordinary things when they refuse to give up.

Thanks to Marion, children in the Nashua River Watershed and around the world have come to understand that one person can make a difference, even when the odds seem impossible.

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Join us for this screening of "The Work of 1000," which focuses on noted environmentalist Marion Stoddart, who began as a member of the local League of Women Voters, and became the force that brought the horribly polluted Nashua River back from the abyss. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on leadership with Fitchburg Mayor Lisa Wong, Charles River Watershed's Bob Zimmerman, moderated by Lois Levin, with special guest Rita Barron. Mayor Setti Warren will introduce the film, which illustrates that collaboration among environmental advocates and local government leaders is essential to protecting our natural resources and mitigating climate change.

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