Running Time: 56 minutes
Jeff Barrie, Tyson Miller
"Highly Recommended." - Educational Media Reviews Online
- East Lansing Film Festival
- Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
At the Youth Environmental Summit, 300 environmentally-concerned high school students vote to
restict oil drilling in the Alaskan national wilderness. Five of them then raise the money to travel to Alaska
"in search for the truth." Accompanied by videographer Jeff Barrie, they interview residents of large towns and small indigenous villages, governmental employees, and environmentalists.
We are introduced to the complexity of the issue.
Most local residents support development because it provides jobs
and strengthens the local economy. We then hear the voice of an
environmentalist who states that if "locals" to every region in
America had had their way, not one of America's natural treasures
such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, or Yellowstone would be in
existence today. The visitors also see magnificent vistas and thousands
of caribou and visit the Gwich'n people who are fighting to
maintain their heritage and culture.
They also explore the massive
destruction of the land at Prudom Bay, the center of the oil
industry's operations. We are introduced to Amory Lovins, the foremost
energy consultant in the United States, who points out that the
$50,000,000,000 now being spent annually to protect oil in the
Middle East could be put to better use by retrofitting homes in
the U.S. and developing cars that use renewable power sources.
This film provides a detailed, gripping and thought-provoking introduction
to the heated issue of oil drilling in Alaska and its larger environmental
It also gives the viewer a first hand look at the human implications
of global warming and helps us identify with populations
who face the threat of becoming environmental refugees. We also
hear the inspiring voices of those who are working constantly
to minimize the impact of global warming, examine its causes, and