Green group marks 40 years with festival

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Sheffield Friends of the Earth group is celebrating 40 years of environmental campaigning by organising a free month long film festival at the Arts Tower from Thursday May 8.

Members of the public are invited to the Sheffield University venue to see a range of films including Trashed, Gasland2, More Than Honey and A Fierce Green Fire.

A short video of the group’s 40 year history will be screened before each film, which are running on consecutive Thursdays at 6pm.

Group member for over 20 years Shaun Rumbelow said: “With celebrities like Robert Redford, Jeremy Irons and Meryl Streep narrating the films we are sure this event will be popular.

“At the moment our group is campaigning against fracking in the local region so we are really pleased to be showing Gasland2. It will help the public to discover what has happened to people’s lives and the environment where fracking has already taken place.

“Our own film celebrating 40 years of campaigning looks back at the work we have done to make Sheffield and the world around us a better place, from saving the whales and wild animals to reducing air pollution in Sheffield and providing better recycling facilities.”