The Tioga County Countryside Council, a work group of the Tioga County Partnership for Community Health, will continue the 2017 Countryside Film Series at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Victoria Theater in Blossburg, PA.  The theme for the year is “Towards a Culture of Stewardship.”

Since January, participants have viewed films of Pennsylvania forest conservation heroes in the first two screenings, and examined natural resource stewardship in the present in the third and fourth screenings.  The May–and final–screening will feature two short films looking forward, asking: How do we practice good stewardship in our everyday lives as consumers? The first film will be Annie Leonard’s The Story of Stuff, where participants will learn about the five stages of the materials economy, from extraction to disposal. A short discussion will follow, before viewing a TED talk by Colin Beaven, also known as No Impact Man. After that the discussion will focus on us and what the purpose of sustainability should be. Is it only to use fewer resources?

These short films will provide an opportunity to make connections and ask further questions, looking forward as individuals, families, and communities. The discussions will be facilitated by Lilace Guignard, director of the Institute of Science and the Environment at Mansfield University.

The 2017 Countryside Film Series is held the third Wednesday of each month from January to May.  The films are free and open to the public, with a voluntary suggested donation of $5.00.