Santa Barbara Permaculture Presents: An Evening of Film & Fun
Celebrating Beavers - Climate & Ecosystem Restoration Heroes!
The Beaver Believers documentary film tells the urgent, yet whimsical story of an unlikely cadre of activists – a biologist, a hydrologist, a botanist, an ecologist, a psychologist and an hairdresser – who share a common vision: restoring the North American Beaver, the most industrious, ingenious, bucktoothed little engineer, to the watersheds of the American West.
The Beaver Believers encourage us to embrace a new paradigm for managing our western lands, one that seeks to partner with the natural world rather overpower it. As a keystone species, beavers enrich their ecosystems, creating the biodiversity, complexity, and resiliency our watersheds need so desperately to absorb the impacts of climate change.
Beavers can show us the way, and do much of the work for us, if only we find the humility to trust the restorative power of nature and our own ability to pay a positive role within it.
Shot in eight western states, also Mexico and Canada, through desert drought, raging wild fires and floods, and wetland tranquility, the Beavers Believers film will change the way you think about climate change and inspire you to think about the opportunities of working with nature for solutions.
Most south coast residents aren’t aware beavers were in our region, and some still remaining, but when hiking in the backcountry behind Santa Barbara and Ventura, you might come across beaver rock art done by the original native peoples of this land, proving beaver have been here for thousands of years. Let’s welcome them back to help rehydrate the land!
Ray Cirino, local artist, has fallen in love with beaver, and will display and share his Summer Solstice Beaver Float, and other beaver artwork. Others are encouraged to bring artwork, poems, or favorite books about beavers to share.
The free event takes place on Friday, June 28, 7 – 9pm, and will be held at Bici Centro, 434 Olive Street, in an outdoor courtyard (bring sweaters & jackets). Please come early to explore the community bike center, the beaver artwork & float, feel free to bring sandwiches, informally picnic, some snacks provided. The event is FREE and no reservations are required. For More Info: [email protected]; www.sbpermaculture.org; 805-962-2571.
- Featuring the newly released film The Beaver Believers
- Special guest artist Ray Cirino, and his Beaver Artwork & Summer Solstice Beaver float on display
- FREE, Kids Welcome!
- Outdoor Event, dress accordingly
- Bring your own picnic sandwiches, snacks provided
434 Olive St
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
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