Get Your Green On

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Ah, the silver screen. A favorite indulgence of mine, to be sure. But in this day and age, when one always needs to feel like one is accomplishing something even when one is sleeping, having an educational and entertaining alternative to a mindless big-screen blockbuster is a cultural coup, to be sure.

Enter The Princeton Public Library and its fourth Princeton Environmental Film Festival. Guaranteed to make you feel all do-goody and totally engaged at the same time, the festival uses film as a medium to encourage discussion about the environment, raise awareness about environmental concerns, and stimulate community action to develop and make more environmentally sustainable choices and create more livable communities. The “very cool” factor? The festival—which is running now and continues every day through Sunday, January 17—features acclaimed documentary films you actually have read or heard about. And many of the filmmakers will be coming to the festival and will be on-hand to talk after the screenings, to boot.

The festival will present feature length films, both day and evening, and will highlight a range of short films, as well. And with a series of Saturday morning activities for kids (including the interactive Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels program on conservation and endangered species) and “Films @ 4” designed for high school students, it’s an event that will inspire the entire family.

So, jump into your ethanol-fueled car and get thee to the library for an education on an issue that means something to all of us. The Princeton Environmental Film Festival at The Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. Now through January 17. Admission is free. Visit princetonlibrary.org/peff for a schedule of film screenings.

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