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Winter film series exploring sustainable living starts Wed.

GREENFIELD — Greening Greenfield will kick off its fifth annual sustainable living film series with “Switch” on Wednesday at 7 p.m., at St. James Episcopal Church Parish Hall at 8 Church St.

The film invites viewers to choose their energy future. A discussion will follow the free film. Refreshments will be served and donations accepted.

This year’s series is intended to spark discussion and action on the moral issues inherent in living a more sustainable life, organizers said. The series is offered in partnership with the St. James Episcopal Church.

“Science alone has not been able to change people’s hearts, minds and behaviors about the threat of global warming and climate change ...” said Louise Amyot, member of Greening Greenfield’s film committee.

The first film explores how people create and use energy in all aspects of their lives. Nancy Hazard, Greening Greenfield member, said, “We hope this film will give us the background we need to start discussing what we want our energy future to look like, and what we need to do now to thrive while we transition to more Earth-friendly energy options.”

In 2009, the Greenfield Energy Audit documented that Greenfield’s 18,000 residents spent $86 million on energy, and of that $67 million left the region. This led the town to make a commitment to reduce money leaving the region for energy to zero by 2050. “While much is already happening in our region, we could do much more. With planning and commitment, we can reach our 2050 goal,“ added Hazard.

Other films in the series will explore people choosing natural, not genetically modified food sources (Jan. 22); how we can support insect pollinators that make our lives possible (Feb. 26); and a Water Weekend (March 28-29) that will look at the issues that threaten our water supplies and what we can do to care for them.

Greening Greenfield is a group of concerned citizens working with residents, businesses and town government using greening as the economic and inspirational guiding force to build a more sustainable Greenfield. For more information on Greening Greenfield and the film series go to www.GreeningGreenfield.org, or call 413-773-5165.

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