Trustees of Reservations to Screen Award-Winning Documentary Film:
Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000

Stoddart to Speak on 50 Years of Environmental Advocacy;
Local Environmental Leaders to Participate in Q&A Session

Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000 (film poster)Pepperell, MA-The Trustees of Reservations will host a program featuring the documentary film Marion Stoddart: The Work of 1000  and a panel discussion with Holyoke environmental leaders at the Wistariahurst Museum at 238 Cabot Street in Holyoke on Thursday,  January 10, from 6:30-8:30PM.   The event is free and open to the general public.

This award-winning documentary tells the inspiring story of how Stoddart, a self-described ordinary woman from Groton, MA, was able to accomplish the extraordinary in mobilizing the clean-up of the Nashua River. The Nashua River, which flows through north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire, was once one of the 10 most-polluted rivers in America.

Starting in 1962, Stoddart successfully lobbied for legislation, including the Massachusetts Clean Waters Act. Continuing that record of success, she petitioned the federal government for millions of dollars of promised funds to fight the pollution--and won. In 1969, she founded the Nashua River Watershed Association.

After the film screens, Stoddart will share some leadership lessons she learned as a result of her 50 years of experience as a grassroots advocate. The discussion panel following the film will include Holyoke Conservation Director Andrew Smith, Diego Angarita from Nuestras Raices, and Liz Budd from the Holyoke Urban Bike Shop.

“We are excited to host this event with Marion because she is truly a pioneer of the environmental advocacy movement and a role model for successful civic engagement,” says Ellie Lobovits, Holyoke Education Coordinator for the Trustees. “Here in Holyoke the river is a huge resource,  so it will also be great to hear from local community leaders about how to protect it,” added Lobovits.

This program is a great opportunity for Holyoke community members, youth and adults alike, to learn about how to organize and advocate for the Connecticut River, which was just recently named the first National Blueway (http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/05/connecticut_river_named_nation.html).  The river is used for a variety of recreational activities, including boating and fishing, and is an important ecological resource, providing habitat for numerous species, including bald eagles.  The panel will also discuss clean air, tree-planting, and other issues about natural resources in Holyoke.  Come and get inspired to make change in your city!

About The Trustees of Reservations
Founded in 1891, The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest regional land trust and Massachusetts’ largest non-profit conservation organization.  The organization’s mission is to hold in “trust” and “preserve, for public use and enjoyment, “reservations”, or properties, of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.”  

For over 120 years, The Trustees have worked to conserve the natural, cultural and scenic character that makes Massachusetts’ landscapes and communities unique.  The Trustees own and manage 107 properties, totaling more than 27,000 acres, serve more than one million visitors each year. Supported by over 100,000 member families, generous donors and over 1,500 volunteers annually, The Trustees work to foster healthy, active, and green communities, with a new emphasis on encouraging sustainable, local agriculture and community gardens throughout Massachusetts.

Recognition for Stoddart and the Film In recognition of her work, Marion Stoddart has received many awards including the United Nations Environmental Programme’s Global 500 Award (1987). She was also profiled in National Geographic (1995) and in an award-winning children’s book, A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry; she was a National Women’s History Project Honoree as “One of the Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet” (2009); she has published an essay in Written In Water by the National Geographic Society (2010); and she received the Children's Planet Protector Award from Boston-based 'e' inc., Environmental Science and Learning Center (2012).

The documentary film has garnered praise around the world, including Best Short Film at the Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival in New Zealand; Best Documentary Short at the Rivers’ Edge Festival in Paducah, KY; AT&T Award for Environmental Conservation and Stewardship; Projecting Change Award in Vancouver Canada; Speak Out Award at the 44th Annual Humbolt Film Festival, Arcata, CA; Best Call to Action Film at the Green Screen Environmental Film Festival, Venice, CA.

The film has also been named an Official Selection in the following film festivals: 2012 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Nevada City, CA; Berkshire International Film Festival; Brattleboro International Women’s Film Festival; Citizen Jane Festival; Cine Montana; Bend Film Fest; Los Angeles International Film Festival; Voices From the Waters International Film Festival, Bangalore, India; POW Fest, Portland, OR; and the Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona, AZ.

About the Work of 1000 Civic Engagement Program Marion Stoddart’s campaign to clean up the Nashua River shows us that determined individuals can make real and lasting change. The Work of 1000 Civic Engagement Program shares her compelling story, passion, and process–via film and discussion—to empower others to act. Marion made a difference. So can you. To learn more about the film and how you can screen it in your community, visit http://www.workof1000.org.

 

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