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‘Fixing the Future’ documentary tonight

GREENFIELD — Do people exist for the economy or does the economy exist to serve the people?

That question will be explored in a documentary about economic development today at 7 p.m. at the Second Congregational Church in Greenfield, next to the town hall.

Greening Greenfield will sponsor the PBS film “Fixing the Future,” which explores the efforts of towns and cities across the country to create recession-proof community economies which put people and planet before profit to remain healthy and vibrant in the midst of economic turmoil.

Host David Brancaccio highlights innovative, effective practices such as local currencies, time banks, community banks, worker cooperatives, and local business alliances.

“For those who live in Greenfield, this film offers insights and guidance that will be useful as we embark on our town’s master planning process,” said film committee member Louise Amyot. “We are lucky to live in an area where the work of building economic alternatives is already under way. For instance, we have several worker-owned cooperatives, a local currency, and a time bank in place.”

“Fixing the Future” draws the connection between ecological restoration and economic innovation, which is largely missing from the environmental movement,” said Greening Greenfield member Adrienne LaPierre. “A sustainable future is not just about ‘green’ manufacturing: it requires a revolution of human relationships, and an economic infrastructure which can support many new forms of exchange. This documentary does a great job of pointing the way forward.”

The public is invited to view and discuss the film.  There will be refreshments and a free will offering will be accepted. For more information call Dorothy McIver at 772-3747.

To learn more about or to join Greening Greenfield go to the website www.greeninggreenfield.org.

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