This Wednesday evening, the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is hosting a multi-media discussion of "Canada's Carbon Corridor" at Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver. The event is part of the festival's Fall Series - a week of films and presentations on outdoor adventure and environmental themes.
The title for Wednesday's event comes from a term developed by the team producing the forthcoming documentary film Fractured Land - of which I am co-director. We came up with the concept to articulate a big-picture view of the interconnected web of major oil, gas, coal, mining and hydroelectric projects proposed and in development across northern BC and Alberta, and the Harper and Clark governments' grand plan to export these resources to new markets in Asia. I view the Carbon Corridor as the biggest transformation to Western Canada's socioeconomic, cultural and environmental fabric since the colonial, "nation building" days of the railroads of the last century. And I don't think that's an understatement.
I will be sharing the stage with six other "inspiring Canadians who are working to protect our coast, our environment and indigenous community’s rights and cultures", according to VIMFF's web page for the event. That list includes event organizer Megan Martin, young First Nations singer/songwriter Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Ben West of the Wilderness Committee, photographer Zack Embree, Great Bear Rainforest eco-tour guide and activist Norm Hann, and Kim Slater, who ran 1,177 km run across BC in search of alternatives to Enbridge's Northern Gateway Pipeline.
My 25 min presentation, titled "Traveling Canada's Carbon Corridor Through Film: The Making of Fractured Land", will feature a series of short clips from our forthcoming film, which explores the industrialization of northern BC and Alberta through the eyes of a young First Nations law student, Caleb Behn. I'll be retracing a recent two and a half week filming journey with Caleb across the Carbon Corridor - through the conversations we had with people in the various communities affected by these projects and visuals of both industrial activity and the spectacular, untouched wilderness threatened by this plan.
In addition to the series of presentations on stage Wednesday evening, a number of environmental organizations will be on hand with additional information about these important issues.
The evening promises to be a dynamic, compelling discussion on the challenges and solutions facing the future of Canada's economy, society and environment.
Tickets for the "Canada's Carbon Corridor" event can be purchased here for $15.00 or $17.00 at the door. The show takes place on Wednesday, November 14 at Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver (2300 Lonsdale Avenue). Doors open 6:30 pm, show starts 7:30.