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Film: The Living Green

The-Living-Green-200x150[April 4, 2014] Among the 2014 Film Selections at the Julien Dubuque Film Festival (April 23-27) is THE LIVING GREEN about Jens Jensen, pioneering conservationist. A true conservation hero who used his art as activism, his philosophy and tactics on behalf of saving the land could not be more prescient. For a preview, watch the trailer below:

Julien_Dubuque_Film_FestivalToday four out of five Americans live in cities. Yet the connection between the urban experience and the physical and emotional need for city and national parks is only just beginning to be made. A century ago, a rebellious Dane, JENS JENSEN (1860 – 1951), rose from street sweeper to ‘dean of landscape architects’ to pioneering conservationist when he risked his career to stand-up to the great robber barons Andrew Carnegie and JP Morgan by staging a “Dunes Pageant” that drew an estimated 40,000 to the dunes. It was Earth Day, Woodstock and Lawrence of Arabia all rolled into one. His pageant whipped-up a conservation fervor that effectively stopped the steel manufacturers from industrializing the entire Indiana shoreline. Jensen was a conflicted man, his Prairie Style revolutionized park design with 600 democratic and naturalistic landscapes for the workers of Chicago as well as the titans of industry. His story dramatizes an environmental battle that lasted five decades culminating in the creation of the nation’s first urban national park. [Excerpted from: Jens Jensen The Living Green.]

—The Runde Auto Group 

DUBUQUE ARBORETUM NOTE: The Runde Auto Group is a Flagship Sponsor of this year’s Julien Dubuque Film Festival. Click on the Festival image above for more info about that event. [Runde Auto Group is also a sponsor of the Dubuque Arboretum’s Music in the Gardens performance group, Mark and the Ridge Rangers, on August 17. We appreciate their support.]

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