Films highlight how high school students perceive nation's efforts to address issues important to them
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The student documentaries strive to educate audiences on a host of topics, including wildlife protection, ecological threats, and air and water pollution. Each documentary was produced under the auspices of
"As a longtime participant in filmed entertainment,
"We are so proud of the work created by these budding filmmakers, which shines a light on important environmental issues as well as their own creative abilities," said Gelfond. "For well over a century, film has been an influential tool, bridging cultural understanding across borders. As a result of this effort, these young artists see first-hand how this medium can be used to express their ideas and raise awareness of the issues they're passionate about."
At last year's unveiling of In Focus,
- Climate action -- efforts to stem greenhouse gas emissions, which scientists believe is a factor in changing weather patterns, rising sea levels and extreme weather events.
- Life below water – efforts to conserve and sustainably use the planet's oceans, seas, and marine resources.
- Life on land -- efforts to sustainably manage forests, and halt and reverse land degradation.
"It was a pleasure working with
"The release of these documentaries on World Environment Day is a fitting testament to the importance of empowering our youth to use their voice to drive change for a better tomorrow," said UN Environment Chief
The UN's 17 sustainable development goals – adopted in 2015 – range from eradicating poverty, promoting gender equality and protecting the environment to ensuring universal access to clean water, modern energy and quality education.
The following are encapsulations of the five documentaries and the film programs behind them:
On the Backs of Salmon
The students tell their story through the lens of the Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act of 1992, which authorized the removal of two huge dams, built in 1911, that had decimated the salmon population. That led to one of the most successful environmental efforts ever undertaken, restoring the local ecosystem of
- Construction planning for the Elwha River dams – built to provide hydroelectric power -- didn't incorporate passages for salmon to get upstream to spawning areas. As a result, the King Salmon population depleted rapidly, decimating a critical food and economic source.
- On-camera interviews include experts and representatives of NOAA Fisheries,
Olympic National Park(of the National Parks Service), the Coastal Watershed Institute, and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. Tribal council member Russ Hepferexplains the region's long dependence on salmon, altering area lore that settlers once could walk across streams on the backs of fish, "This place was created on the backs of salmon."
The Air We Breathe
The students explore the health dangers posed by ozone pollution, produced by engine exhaust, in
- The film encapsulates the positive impact of the Clean Air Act of 1963 and the 1970 amendment that created the
EPAand established federal air standards. On-camera interviews include experts and officials of the NOAA and EPA, and environmental scientists.
Beyond the River of Grass
The filmmakers explore the uniqueness of
- This piece focuses on concerns over the impact of urban growth, surging water demand, pollutants, and canals on the Everglades' natural flow of water and local plant and wildlife species.
- Three steps towards a solution are advocated: Water conservation, better water management, and controlled urban growth.
- On-camera interviews include environmental scientists and a
Broward Countystate senator.
Illustrates the critical role of the honeybee in sustaining human life.
- According to one expert, if honeybees weren't around to pollinate fruit and vegetable plantings, the human race would be extinct in five years.
- Fertilizers, pesticides and habitat loss are impinging honeybee population growth. In addition, a mysterious malady called "Colony Collapse Disorder," where worker bees are abandoning queens, is cutting the population.
- On-camera interviews include bee- and hive-removal experts, scientists and a post-doctoral fellow studying the ecological impact of honeybees.
Generation Zero Explores: Drinking Water
Mythic Bridge Youth Filmmaking Workshops,
The filmmakers explore the history of
- The film highlights the foresight of city officials to build two massive aqueducts that deliver drinking water from watersheds in the
Catskill Mountainsto city residents and businesses.
- In addition, it explores the economic and environmental rationale for municipalities to do whatever it takes to expand public water availability; tap water, on average, costs just a penny a gallon, vs. anywhere from
$1-$3for a single bottled water.
- The filmmakers contrast NYC's situation with the struggles of tribal communities near
Bismarck, N.D., that recently lost the legal battle to reroute the North Dakota Access Pipeline; delivery of Canadian shale oil will run through 30 miles of watershed in tribal areas.
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