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Environmental Group Screens Ozone Film in Rye

RYE, N.Y. -- When Patti Wood, executive director of the Rye-based environmental education nonprofit Grassroots , came across documentary filmmaker Steven Dorsk's “ Shattered Sky she immediately recognized its power and prescience. Wood liked the film so much that she chose to make it the April installment of Grassroots' film series at the Wainwright House in Rye.

"It has all kinds of implications, it's a really compelling film," Wood said. "There are a lot of interesting things to see."

The film, which will premiere in September on PBS, details the events leading up to and following the 1987 signing of the Montreal Protocol, an international treaty that outlawed the production of Chloral Floral Carbons, or CFCs. It was determined that CFCs, found in refrigerators, spray cans and other items, were responsible for causing a hole in the Earth's ozone layer. The landmark treaty marked the first time that the world had come together to address an environmental issue.

Instead of presenting the reader with the story of how America led the way to a CFC-free world, Dorsk's film urges civilians and international leaders to take a similar approach to the energy and climate issues facing our planet today.

"This kind of put a different spin on it," Wood said. "Really more so why we haven't, as a country and as a society, done as much as we did with the CFC issue."

In addition to serving as director of Grassroots, Wood also co-hosts a radio show on 99.5 FM dubbed "Green Street Radio" with her husband and fellow environmental enthusiast Doug Wood. Before screening the film at the Wainwright House on Thursday, Doug and Patti sat down with Dorsk for an interview about the film.

Grassroots is grounded in the belief that individuals can be empowered to act as catalysts for change within their local communities. Wood spoke about how Rye and its citizens have proven that to be true.

"Rye has really stepped up to the plate on unpopular issues," Wood said. "Rye citizens have really done things that most other towns and villages haven't even talked about yet. Rye should be looked to as a leader and should be recognized for it."

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