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A Chemical Reaction: Film Screening and Community Dialogue

Thursday, May 6, 2010, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm View more Events

Reception, Film Screening, and Community Dialogue

Promotional poster for A Chemical ReactionLaudholm Trust is hosting a pre-film reception in the Laudholm barn (featuring singer-songwriter Anni Clark) and a post-film community dialogue with special guests including Paul Tukey, executive director of A Chemical Reaction.

Limited seating. Please arrive early.

The award-winning documentary film A Chemical Reaction — while being a heart-warming and inspirational human story — is also a powerful tool for people who recognize the importance of reducing or eliminating pesticides from the environment, especially around homes and schools.

A Chemical Reaction, is a documentary movie that tells the story of one of the most powerful and effective community initiatives in the history of North America. It started with one lone voice in 1984. Dr. June Irwin, a dermatologist, noticed a connection between her patients’ health conditions and their exposure to chemical pesticides and herbicides. With relentless persistence she brought her concerns to town meetings to warn her fellow citizens that the chemicals they were putting on their lawns posed severe health risks and had unknown side effects on the environment. Dr. Irwin’s persuasive arguments and data to back her findings eventually led the town of Hudson to enact a by-law that banned the use of all chemical pesticides and herbicides.


The SafeLawns movement is a broad-based coalition of non-profit and for-profit organizations committed to educating society about the benefits of environmentally responsible lawn care and gardening. Their goal is to effect a quantum change in consumer and industry behavior. To learn more, visit

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Sponsors of A Chemical Reaction

Community Dialogue

Laudholm Trust is assembling a distinguished panel to share ideas and to hear stories about community action, pesticide use, water quality, energy efficiency and independence, and other pressing environmental topics.

Paul Tukey

Author of the Organic Turfgrass Manual, executive director of SafeLawns, and executive producer of A Chemical Reaction, Maine native Paul Tukey is a nationally recognized promoter of environmentally friendly gardening, lawn care, and community activism. Named America's 2006 Gardening Communicator of the Year, Paul appears on television, print, radio, and the web, and has been featured on Martha Stewart Living and Good Morning America.

Gary Fish

Topics: Yardscaping, Trends in Pesticide Use in Maine

Gary Fish is Manager of Pesticide Programs for the Maine Board of Pesticides Control, Maine's lead agency for pesticide regulation. Informally known as the "turf guy," Gary is a licensed professional forester who knows an inestimable amount about lawns, trees, and shrubs.

David Littell, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

Topic: Environmental Public Health

Nancy Kling & Sarah Lachance, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust

Topics: Lawns for Lobsters, Windmill Funding.

Bob Joyner

Topic: Protecting the Ogunquit River Watershed.

Elaine Carlson

Topic: Natural backyard gardening.

Paul McGowan, York Energy Efficiency Commission

Topic: Energy efficiency initiatives.


We invite local businesses to participate. We will make table space available during the pre-film reception. Please call Diana Joyner at 207-646-4521 ext 144 for details.

Sponsored by…

TLC for Safe Lawns
Atlantic Housewrights Construction
Oceanside Rubbish, Inc.
Estabrook's Color Spot
Warner Design Associates, LLC
Coast of Maine

This program is accessible. Call 207-646-1555 for details.

Date & Time

Thursday, May 6, 2010, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Regular Price: $7.00
Discounted Price: $5.00

For Wells Reserve programs, members of Laudholm Trust enjoy discount pricing.
Discounts offered for other programs, if any, are included in the full description above.


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