Montclair Environmental Affairs

The Montclair Environmental Affairs office is hosting a screening of "Open Sesame" in honor of Earth Day at the Public Library on 50 South Fullerton Avenue.

Montclair Environmental Affairs screens “Open Sesame.”

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In celebration of Earth Day, Montclair’s Environmental Affairs office and Community Green will be hosting a Green Film screening on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. The screening will take place at the Public Library, located at 50 South Fullerton Avenue. The screening of “Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds” is free and open to the public.

In an announcement by the Environmental Affairs office and Community Green, “‘Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds is a timely, emotionally moving documentary that illuminates what is at stake, and what can be done to protect the nutrient source of nearly all our food. Seeds provide the basis for everything we grow in soil – from foods, to fabrics, to fuels; seeds are as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink…but given far less attention.”

“About 90 percent of the fruit and vegetable varieties that existed 100 years ago no longer exist today; seeds lovingly nurtured over hundreds of years have been lost forever. Maintaining seed biodiversity allows us to breed new varieties that are resistant to pests, or that thrive in temperature extremes, essential in our changing climate.”

The film “Open Sesame” shows a diverse group of people whose lives center on seeds, such as farmers, gardeners, passionate seed savers and artists. This film tells the story of seeds by following the challenges and triumphs, as these seed activists try to save this precious resource.

The Montclair Environmental Affairs office urges the community to join in and bring a friend, a family member or your neighbor to the film screening and the open discussion afterwards. For more information call Montclair Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721, or email

The Montclair Environmental Affairs office is located in the Township of Montclair Municipal Building, which is located at 205 Claremont Avenue on the second floor. Gray Russell is the Sustainability Officer, and can be contacted at 973-509-5721.

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