Now in its sixth year, One Earth Film Festival is the Midwest's premier environmental film festival, creating opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability, and the power of human involvement. A production of Green Community Connections, the festival screens films in locations around Chicagoland and runs March 3-12. 

All films and activities below will be held in the Main Library Veterans Room.

Saturday, March 4

Habitats! Join us for a morning of sing-alongs about animals in their habitats, plus short films Slugs and Bugs and Kid of the Wild. Families will learn about opportunities for connecting with local nature through Go Green Oak Park, The Frog Lady (who will bring her reptile friends), the Park District of Oak Park/Austin Gardens Nature Center, and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County's Trailside Museum. Light refreshments will be served.

Join us for a screening of Stories of Trust: California and Stories of Trust: Arizona, featuring remarkable plaintiffs from the first-ever landmark U.S. climate lawsuit filed by youth. Afterward, local teen Elise Pope will share stories of her outback camping experiences in Canada, and how connecting to nature is one piece to unlocking youth activism. Ovya Ganesan, an Oak Park and River Forest High School senior, will discuss her experience on the Village of Oak Park's Environment & Energy Commission.

Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, together with his vegetarian wife Lisa, offers up a timely and refreshingly unbiased look at how farm animals are raised for our consumption. With unprecedented access to large-scale conventional farms, Papola asks the tough questions behind every hamburger, glass of milk, and baby-back rib. What he discovers are not heartless industrialists, but America’s farmers—real people who, along with him, are grappling with the moral dimensions of farming animals for food.

Thursday, March 9

Shifting Sands tells the story of Lake Michigan and the Indiana/Michigan shoreline and how this nearby region, where rare plants grow in the shadows of smokestacks, sparked a movement for a national park; a movement which eventually led to game-changing environmental policies with worldwide impact and unique partnerships on the path to a more sustainable world.

Saturday, March 11

Is our dependence on pesticides harming the health of our children? Every day, children are exposed to up to 130 chemical pollutants from pesticides. All around the world, scientists and doctors are raising the alarm, linking increases in child cancers, birth defects and even the explosion of autism with exposure to chemicals in pesticides. Please join us for a post-film Q&A with Illinois State Senator Don Harmon and Dr. Warren Porter, Zoology and Environmental Toxicology professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison.