In recent years, climate science has come under attack, so concerned geologist Simon Lamb grabbed his camera and set out to explore the inside story of climate research. For over three years he followed scientists from a wide range of disciplines at work in the Arctic, Antarctic, Southern Ocean, New Zealand, Europe, and the United States. They talk about their work, hopes and fears with candor and directness, resulting in an intimate portrait of the global community of researchers racing to understand our planet's changing climate and provide a compelling case for rising CO2 as the main cause.
This episode of The Green Interview features Edmund Metatawabin, a Cree leader and author who has radical lessons for anyone trying to quit an oppressive, wage-based way of life, and for an industrial society that is struggling to become sustainable. This Green Interview covers an enormous range of subjects, providing alternative views of work, the economy, the nature of community, land ownership, and a community's long-term values and its sense of time.
Bruce travels to the far north of Canada to live with the Caribou people and witness their annual spring hunt. The Gwitchin tribe has hunted migrating caribou in the Arctic wilderness for thousands of years, but this tradition is now under threat from oil exploration. Bruce then heads south to the tar sands of Alberta, home to the second largest oil reserves in the world, to discover how native people cope when the oil industry moves into their territory
Proposing to “kill the Indian and save the man,” U.S. Army captain Richard H. Pratt envisioned an educational system that would erase Native American culture and “civilize” the continent’s indigenous people. His chosen method? Removing children from Pennsylvania’s tribal communities and confining them in barracks-style schools—initially the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, which Pratt founded in 1879. In myopic terms it was a remarkably effective strategy, and Carlisle became a cruel model for institutions all over the U.S. and Canada, including Michigan’s Mount Pleasant Indian School. Subjected to emotional, physical, and spiritual abuse, Mount Pleasant students were inevitably alienated from their families, native languages, and tribal religions. This film combines archival materials with present-day interviews to make clear just how inhumane the system was.
This episode of The Green Interview features Ron Plain and Ada Lockridge, two members of the Aamjiwnaang First Nation, a native community in the heart of Ontario's notorious “Chemical Valley,” who have launched a lawsuit to prove that Canadians have constitutional rights to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment. According to the World Health Organization, the area has the worst air quality in Canada—pumping out more air pollution than the entire provinces of Manitoba or Saskatchewan or New Brunswick. Aided by the environmental law organization Ecojustice, the pair is arguing that their Charter rights to life, liberty and security of the person—and equality—are being violated by the Ontario government's permission for the expansion of these toxic industries.
This episode of The Green Interview features Maude Barlow, a Canadian environmental activist and author who argues that water is the next oil. As chair of the Council of Canadians, Barlow led a public fight against the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the 1980s and for over a decade, she has focused her boundless energy on a crisis of global proportions: the looming world-wide water shortage, which is accelerated by free-trade deals that privatize water. She says the Canadian government’s new free-trade deal with Europe signs away people’s water rights and gives up local control over provision of water and other provincial-municipal services. In this Green Interview, Barlow discusses the world’s dwindling water supplies and explains the implications of CETA—Canada’s tentative Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Europe.
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