The Reel And Meal nonprofit coalition is joining with the Sierra Club on Sep 21 to host a party in honor of our National Parks, and will show a 1-hour preview of the 12-hour documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," directed by Ken Burns and written and co-produced by Dayton Duncan. The fillm is being shown at New Deal Cafe at 113 Centerway in Greenbelt, MD. There will be an optional vegan meal served beginning at 6:30 pm, and the film preview will start at 7 pm. Discussion immediately following the film will be led by Bob Cahalan, Head of NASA-Goddard's Climate and Radiation Branch and co-founder of CHEARS, Inc. Later in the month, the full documentary will be shown by PBS in a six-episode series. The film is timely, as the National Park Service begins a focus on the impact of climate change on many of the iconic features of our Parks, from the melting glaciers, to the threatened plant and bird species. No reservations are required, but you may wish to go the the Sierra Club site to sign up
to show your support for our National Parks.
Filmed over the course of more than six years at some of nature's most spectacular locales — from Acadia to Yosemite, Yellowstone to the Grand Canyon, the Everglades of Florida to the Gates of the Arctic in Alaska — "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" is a story of people from every conceivable background — rich and poor; famous and unknown; soldiers and scientists; natives and newcomers; idealists, artists and entrepreneurs; people who were willing to devote themselves to saving some precious portion of the land they loved, and in doing so reminded their fellow citizens of the full meaning of democracy. It is a story full of struggle and conflict, high ideals and crass opportunism, stirring adventure and enduring inspiration - set against the most breathtaking backdrops imaginable.