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Caz: EcoSutra premiers

EcoSutra premiers

Caz girl brings green film first screening to CNY

By Willie Kiernan

republican@cnylink.com

You can take the girl off the farm, but you can't take the farm out of the girl.

"I've been so proud of my grandfather and how environmentally conscious his farming practices have been," said Kristina Fitzsimmons.

Fitzsimmons grew up around the Pushlar dairy farm in Cazenovia and has blossomed into an eco-conscious soldier in the war against society's and businesses' earth-harmful practices.

"I caught the bio-diesel and renewable energy bug eight years ago and I've been trying to find my niche," she said.

Fitzsimmons is part of a group that has come to Syracuse for the premier of "EcoSutra," a film to be shown on Saturday June 28 at the Palace Theater, 2384 James Street. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The film will begin at 6:45 p.m. with an introduction by producer Russel Berns. There will be presentations to follow along with music by Rebecca Keefe Fitzsimmons. Admission is a sliding scale: $0 to $10.

"This documentary introduces us to the practices of permaculture, a design science that mimics natural cycles to maximize productivity," said Fitzsimmons. "The 'EcoSutra' film takes us on a global quest for the solutions to the challenges of our time We visit revolutionaries from all walks of life and travel across the globe to explore the ingredients of sustainable communities and the worldwide eco-movement. Permaculture teaches us that the efficient processes of an ecosystem can be applied to human communities as well, and that nature is by far our greatest teacher. We discover the power of permaculture to produce a strong economy and a healthy environment."

The film highlights valuable alternatives to current infrastructure and lifestyles, including profitable renewable energy technologies ready and waiting for wide scale implementation. Other chapters of the film explore the rapidly growing green building movement and of efficient agricultural practices that were second nature to local farmers thirty years ago.

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