May 1, 2013/Transition Film Night: Pollination and Insect Pest Control

The Transition film for May 1 is really three, short (7 minute) talks presented by TED talks.  For those of you not familiar with, since 1990 they have been sponsoring an invitation only conference at which leading edge presenters have no more than 18 minutes to discuss topics about which they are passionate and very knowledgeable.  The talks are available to to watch, free, through their web-site.
Our theme for the evening is pollination and insect pest control.  
Total running time 21 minutes.  
The speakers include:
Louie Schwartzberg, filmmaker, shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images from his film “Wings of Life,” (just released in the US) inspired by the vanishing of one of nature’s primary pollinators, the honeybee.
Noah Wilson-Rich studies bees and bee diseases.  Bees seem to flourish in urban environments — and cities need their help, too.
Noah Wilson-Rich suggests that urban beekeeping might play a role in revitalizing both a city and a species
Shimon Steinberg looks at the difference between pests and bugs — and makes the case for using good bugs to fight bad bugs, avoiding chemicals in our quest for perfect produce.  His biotech lab researches ways to harness the natural benefits of insects.  
Refreshments at 6:30 PM
Three film-talks  7 PM
Brief discussion afterward led by a Transition Litchfield Initiating Group member.  
Admission is free, but donations to the Community Center are welcome.
Litchfield Community Center, 860-567-8302

421 Bantam Road
Litchfield CT 06759




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