August 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Benicia Library
150 E. L St.
Benicia CA
Sustainable Solano

Join us for a screening of Redefining Prosperity, a film by director John de Graaf, who will join us for a special Q&A following the screening.

The hour-long film looks at how Nevada City, once a mining town, recovered from its legacy of pollution and moved to prosperity based on building community. The back-to-the-land movement brought together residents to build community through new initiatives in local food, education, the arts and the fight to save the South Yuba River.

From the Redefining Prosperity website:
Born in the California Gold Rush, Nevada City was once the scene of some of the most destructive environmental practices on earth. By the 1960s, the town was a backwater, its extractive industries dying. Then it was discovered by the “back to the land movement.” It was a second gold rush but with a different idea of gold based on nature, community and a sense of place.

The fight to save the Yuba River from proposed power dams brought conflicting factions of the community together while different ideas about the meaning of wealth have led to changes in local food production, education, arts, music and a commitment to building community. Once a place whose essence was individualism, competition and extractive industries, Nevada City is now moving toward a future of solidarity, stewardship, and livelihoods based on renewable resources, husbandry and sustainability.

Featuring two dozen of Nevada City’s most active citizens and their stories, Redefining Prosperity is the remarkable story of a beautiful California town and the outward-looking, creative people who call it home and forged its new identity.

Stay tuned for more details! Register for the event here.