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Learn about the planet and how to help conservation efforts through the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10 in the Normal Theater.

Through the use of film, Prairie Rivers Network will bring lessons about environmental concerns and the planet, hoping to inspire change in viewers. 

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will take place from 7 p.m. to 9:30 on Wednesday, July 10 at the Normal Theater. 

Tickets are currently on sale for $10. Those interested in purchasing tickets can visit http://www.normaltheater.com/ or https://prairierivers.org/. 

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is one of the largest environmental film festivals. The festival is now three years old, and will be making its way to Uptown Normal to spread a message of celebrating the planet. The films are suitable for all ages, but are recommended for viewers age 11 and up. 

The festival will include “Ashes to Ashes,” “Blue Carbon,” “Blue Heart,” “Downstream,” “Givers and Takers,” “Greenland Melts,” “March of the Newts,” “Our National Parks Belong to Everyone. So Why Are They so White?” and “PRN Scream Pillow.” 

“Ashes to Ashes” showcases the impact of coal ash, a pollution by-product of burning coal. “Blue Carbon” will teach viewers all about mud and the benefits of estuaries. Viewers will also learn about blue carbon and how it helps reduce climate change. 

Take a trip to the last wild rivers of Europe in “Blue Heart.” The film showcases the Balkan Peninsula and discuss how an overflow of hydropower development might threaten to destroy the region. “Downstream” will inform audiences of the current situation of Iowa’s waterways, and how more than half do not meet federal quality standards. 

“Givers and Takers” follows a farmer from South Carolina and the environmental changes he has made on his farm. Swiss climate scientist Konrad Steffan will discuss his latest findings in “Greenland Melts.” These findings include glacial melting, global sea level rise, climate change and mass migration. 

20 percent of all National Parks visitors are people of color. “Our National Parks Belong to Everyone. So Why Are They so White?” dives deeper into the topic of diversity and inclusion in the conservation movement.  

Does the current environmental situation make you want to scream? Well, “PRN Scream Pillow” is just the thing for you. 

Prairie Reviews Network is an independent state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation. The network is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to protect water, heal land, and inspire change.  

ANDREA RICKER is Features Editor The Vidette. She can be contacted at arricke@ilstu.edu Follower her on Twitter at @ricker_andrea    

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