2020 Amazing Earthfest hosts Conservation Screenwriter, Author and Playwright, Stephen Most

Now through 6:00 pm, Saturday, August 22, Southern Utah’s 14th Amazing Earthfest is screening the award-winning documentary film, Wilder Than Wild, on Vimeo. The documentary takes a comprehensive look at the threatening and more frequent appearance of large forest fires in the American West.

Beyond the normal destructive wildfires of decades past is the megafire which covers at least 100,000 acres and burns at a high rate of intensity. Before 1995, less than one such fire per year ignited in the US. From 2005 to 2014, the average has risen to 9.8 per year. Increasing in frequency for the past decade, sadly, these megafires are baked into our future. This summer, the 70,000 acre Mangum Fire was recently followed by the Pine Hollow Fire, both in the North Kaibab National Forest.

Join Screenwriter Stephen Most and and Producer Kevin White via ZOOM to learn how fuel build-up and climate change have exposed Western wildlands to megafire and how greenhouse gases released contribute to global warming. Proactive prescribed fire can reduce reliance on reactive fire suppression as stakeholder groups working with scientists and resource managers build consensus on how to restore and manage the lands we love and depend on.

At 7:15 pm, gather with the film audience on Zoom for an online conversation moderated by Stephen Most and Kevin White. Visit www.amazingearthfest.org/events to learn more and register to receive your links to the film and to the discussion.

This Sunday, August 23, beginning at 2:00 pm, Amazing Earthfest hosts an online Zoom chat with Grand Staircase Escalante Partners Executive Director Sarah Bauman. Grab a snack and sit down with Partners staff and board members from the comfort of your home to learn more about Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and the work that Partners does to preserve and protect this unique region. In this informal discussion, you’ll have an opportunity to better understand the monument’s natural, cultural, and scientific resources, and to ask questions. Receive your link to participate via email after registering to attend through the Amazing Earthfest website.

Ever wondered what kind of stuff is out there in the Universe? Also this Sunday, August 23 beginning at 6:00 pm in a presentation entitled, The Universe, Paul Ricketts will illustrate and explain all the different types of objects in the limitless expanse of space. He’ll start close to home and zoom outward to include our solar system, stars, nebulae, star clusters, galaxies, neutron stars and black holes. This presentation, first in a series of four, takes place on Facebook, covers telescopes, and is among the requirements for scouts to earn an astronomy belt loop and badge. Mr. Ricketts directs programming at the University of Utah’s South Physics Observatory in Salt Lake City and is the interpretive specialist in astronomy for the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the U.

On the first Saturday in September, learn more about allergies, obesity, asthma, diabetes, auto-immune and intestinal disorders, afflictions that are all on the rise, some doubling every ten years. New research points to changes in the ecosystem of microbes that live on and inside every one of us — our micro-biomes — as a major cause. The documentary titled Let Them Eat Dirt is being offered free in an “On-Demand” virtual screening as part of Kanab’s all-online 14th annual Amazing Earthfest. You can join the Earthfest film audience for a post-film discussion on Zoom beginning at 7:00 pm on September 5. All 2020 online events require registration. Visit the Amazing Earthfest website or Facebook page for details.

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Amazing Earthfest delivers 16 free virtual events this year over Zoom and Vimeo, beginning May 7 and running through May 15, for your learning enjoyment in five distinct categories; arts and culture, community, documentary film, outdoor adventure, science and land,…

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