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This Week in NYC: Green It Out at Dutch Fest, Watch for Floating Pod People, and Movies Movies Movies

September 18, 2009

Pioneers of Change

In which my people (the Dutch) take over Governor’s Island, bringing our special flare for art, environment, and quirk to the tiny island. You’ll find artists, designers and performers all over the car-free island, in the former military barracks and forts, where they’ll be hosting interactive works including a screening room about urban farming, a repair workshop, a sloooooow food cafe, and a piece mapping local natural resources for sustainable building.

September 17-20th
Governor’s Island
Free

Solar-Powered Film Series

It’s the last official weekend of summer – celebrate it by watching these great environmental docs powered by the sun! Solar panels power everything at Solar1, including the projector and the popcorn machine. Come out to see A Sea Change, about how the acidification of oceans is affecting local communities, the Oscar-nominated The Garden, about a band of community gardeners fighting the big developers trying to shut them down, the world premiere of Burning the Sun about the very first solar panel company in Mali. Speakers include local activists, filmmakers, and educators. Enjoy the beautiful East River view, brews from Brooklyn, and more.

PS – there are always surprises – last week electric cars showed up for the screening of Who Killed the Electric Car?

Solar Powered Film Series
September 17-19
Solar1, E. 23rd and FDR
Free

And while you’re gazing out overĀ  the East River, look out for this odd creature:

The infamous Yes Men of WTO-pranking fame have created life-sustaining Survival Balls so that we humans don’t have to have anything to do with nature! Melting ice caps, polluted skies, climate change – none of it matters anymore! They’ll be floating a few down the East River for NYC’s upcoming Climate Week talks.

And you don’t have to be a UN dignitary to participate; dozens of events have cropped up around the city to address the issue of climate change. Get a full list here.

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