Happenings at the 12th Amazing Earthfest 2018

Published in the Southern Utah News, April 26, 2018

 

Imagine a time and place in your life when a burgeoning curiosity, appetite for exploration, and the thrill of discovery nourished a continuing flow of inspiration. Not an ordinary day like any other day, but to feel excitement propelled by learning, and to share that experience with others. That is Southern Utah’s Amazing Earthfest, featuring 40 events based in Kanab!

Six award winning documentary films to be screened free of charge at Crescent Moon Theater will take you there, opening portals and introducing ideas to challenge assumptions and expand horizons. Begin the series on Sunday evening, May 13 at 7 PM, with A Quest for Meaning, directed by Josh Fox. Two childhood friends meet with activists, biologists, philosophers and keepers of ancient traditions on a road trip to uncover the causes of our current global crises and discover ways to bring about change. This film explores deep systemic change, the kind that emerges when individuals and even societies begin to question lifestyles guided by habitual or conventional maxims and expectations. Other topics covered in the 12th Amazing Earthfest 2018 series of full-length documentary films, Sunday thru Tuesday, May 13-15, include tackling climate change denial by rebuilding the nation’s electric grid, the hidden impacts of wireless devices, the history and future of organic agriculture, a riveting contemporary study of peaceful resistance to change led by Native Americans, and the fulfilling workplace atmosphere created within employee-owned business enterprises. These are life-altering film experiences you won’t want to miss!

Launching a new collaboration with Amazing Earthfest on Tuesday evening, May 15 from 7 to 9 PM, including time for discussion, the Glen Canyon Natural History Association offers seven short to medium length documentaries free of charge from the 2018 Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Titles include Canis Lupis Colorado, Nobody Dies in Longbearyen, Lost in Light, Wildlife and the Wall, One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts, Growing Change, and Straws, covering topics ranging from the ecology of a keystone species to integrated regenerative soil farming to growing organic berries and the smart reuse of plastic waste.

In collaboration with Grand Staircase Escalante Partners, Sunday, May 13, 5 to 6 PM at Kanab Library, discover what makes wilderness irreplaceable with wildlands Explorer and Photographer George Wuerthner, Ecological Projects Director for the Foundation for Deep Ecology and author of 38 books on conservation issues.

Park City, Utah, has stepped up to make North America’s most ambitious climate goals: to be net-zero carbon and run on 100% renewable electricity for city operations by 2022, and for the whole community by 2032. At the kickoff event for the 12th Amazing Earthfest titled, Invocation to Sustainability, 2 to 4 PM on Sunday, May 13 at Best Friends Angel’s Landing outdoor gathering space, the keynote speaker will be the Climate Reality Leader and Sustainability Projects Director for Park City, Utah, Luke Cartin, discussing impacts and responses to shifting climate patterns already engulfing the intermountain West and the State of Utah.

 

Amazing Earthfest brings you the very highest caliber in live musical experience. Get your tickets now for one of three extraordinary classical piano recitals at this year’s festival! The exceptionally talented Navajo Pianist, Connor Chee, will perform three full-length recitals of original compositions based on traditional Navajo chants and creation stories. Concert dates are Thursday, May 17 at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta in Ivins, UT, (Tickets at the door or online at www.kayentaarts.com); Friday, May 18 at the Canyon Community Center in Springdale, UT; and Saturday, May 19 at Fredonia High School in Fredonia, AZ.  Buy tickets at the door or online at Eventbrite, or at www.AmazingEarthfest.com/events.

As the City of Kanab considers how best to preserve its wonderful starry skies, six events are scheduled through the week of Amazing Earthfest to enable you to enjoy the night sky above Kanab through astronomical telescopes, plus safe, daytime solar viewing through a special telescope provided by the Southern Utah Space Foundation. These community star parties will enhance your appreciation for the beauty, immensity and power of celestial bodies, and the tenuous nature of a starry night; a timeless source of wonder and perspective that can be so easily washed out by unshielded lighting and glare from residential, commercial and municipal lighting. Bring the family to witness world class starry nights!

The 12th annual Amazing Earthfest offers all this in a rural setting with great hospitality, fine restaurants and limitless destinations for self directed exploration close at hand. Volunteer opportunities are available. Make your plans now! Visit www.AmazingEarthfest.org for event information, find us on Facebook or call 435-644-3735.

 


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