One Earth Film Festival Returns March 9 to Kane County With 'The Need to GROW'

One Earth Film Festival Returns March 9 to Kane County With ‘The Need to GROW’

One Earth Film Festival, billed as the Midwest’s premier environmental film fest, will return to Kane County for its ninth season with a screening of “The Need to GROW” in Aurora.

The Fox River Ecosystem Partnership and other local sponsors will host the event, set for 7 p.m. Monday, March 9, at Waubonsee Community College’s Aurora Downtown Campus, 18 S. River St.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for a Sustainability Resource Fair, and a discussion session with the filmmaker will follow the screening.

“The Need to GROW” delivers evidence on the importance of healthy soil — revealing not only the potential of localized food production working with nature, but our opportunity as individuals to help regenerate our planet’s dying soils and participate in the restoration of the Earth.

A trailer for the award-winning documentary is embedded above.

Reservations Recommended

Several Fox River watershed organizations are co-sponsoring this Aurora screening: Fox River Ecosystem Partnership, The Conservation Foundation, Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District, Kane County Environmental & Water Resources Division, Sierra Club Valley of the Fox Group, Fox River Study Group, Friends of the Fox River, and Campton Township Parks and Open Space.

Additional funding sponsors include Hey and Associates and Applied Ecological Services. All will participate in the Sustainability Resource Fair, along with additional guests involved in the organic farming movement.

To find out more about the film and the March 9 screening, visit the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership.

The screening is FREE, although advanced ticket reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. A donation of $8 per person is suggested; donations can be made online with the ticket reservation or at the door.

The 2020 One Earth Film Festival, a production of Green Community Connections, is the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival, creating opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability, and the power of human involvement.

The film festival features 48 events at venues across four counties in the Chicago region from March 6 to March 15, 2020. By joining the fest, you can help Chicago harness the Power of We and engage in a conversation about our planet.

More information about One Earth Film Festival can be found at

SOURCE: Fox Valley Ecosystem Partnership news release