If you read last week's column , you are no doubt eagerly awaiting the start of the MVCC Green Committee's new offering, the Eco Film Exchange. Well, the wait is over! Borrowing DVDs that inspire, educate and motivate is now just a click away.
There are no fees for borrowing these DVDs. The Eco Film Exchange does ask that you fill out some basic information in the membership section near the bottom of the page. In addition to borrowing materials, the exchange gratefully accepts any new or used DVDs that address the issue of environmental sustainability.
If you need a little motivation to plow through old closets, drawers and shelves in search of possible donations, here are some of the perks:
- You'll free up space in your home
- You'll rediscover "buried treasure" (missing earrings, old photos)
- You'll improve your mental, physical and emotional health by reducing clutter
The Eco Film Exchange is the brainchild of Sherri Akers, co-chair of the MVCC Green Committee. Akers says she hopes the lending library will inspire Mar Vistans to hold intimate viewings in their homes to help spread the green word.
"When I watch DVDs on my own, I miss the camaraderie and inspiration of a screening and the chance to brainstorm and dissect the issues," Akers told Patch. "The Eco Film Exchange offers a happy medium, an impetus to gather small groups of neighbors or friends and get caught up on these important issues together. We are so completely an [Andy Griffith Show] Mayberry sort of community. I feel certain that this approach will work in Mar Vista."
The Eco Film Exchange is small but mighty. Here is a short list of the current offerings:
Vanishing of the Bees: These little creatures are not just one more helpful insect. Read more
Bag It!: Those little plastic bags are creating a disaster for our oceans that, in case you didn't notice, support life on this planet.
Dirt! The Movie: This well-crafted film captivates adults and children. Dirt is a life-giving skin for the Earth. If we don’t save it, dirt won’t be able to save us.
The Cove: An exposé of the dark side to the dolphin tourism industry in Japan. Not for the squeamish!
Food, Inc.: If you need any impetus to change your eating habits, this is the movie to watch.
Running Dry: The bottom line is that water issues are as important, if not more so, than oil.
Stop by the MVCC Green Tent at the this Sunday to learn more about the Eco Film Exchange.
Jeanne Kuntz combines sustainable living with health and wellness. Learn more about successful behavior change on her website, TeachingWellness.com