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Interest Groups and Activists
This sub-section examines the role and actions of citizen groups, researchers, environmentalists, activists, members of an Aboriginal community and an influential personality.
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René Dumont: Global Ecologist
2001, production : Richard D. Lavoie
The French agronomist René Dumont helped put...
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Worst Case Scenario
2001, production : Glynis Whiting
Local citizens unite in opposition to Shell Canada when it...
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Pocket Desert - Confessions of a Snake Killer
1999, production : Craig Berggold, Teresa Marshall
A coalition of environmentalists, concerned citizens and...
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The Barrens Quest
1997, production : Peter Blow
An environmental scientist opposes a proposal for a diamond...
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The Barrens Quest
 

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Excerpt  (3:20) 1997, production : Peter Blow
The film
An environmental scientist opposes a proposal for a diamond mine in the NWT's tundra, ancestral home to the Dene First Nation. Speaking at public hearings, Joachim Obst cites the mining company's poor record of overriding Native and environmental concerns. The company, BHP Billiton, was obliged to hire a scientist as part of the government-ordered Environmental Assessment Review.

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The Barrens Quest is the moving story of one man's search to locate the fabled breeding grounds of a near extinct bird--the Eskimo Curlew. The camera follows naturalist Joachim Obst as he treks through the breathtaking landscape of a pristine wilderness that has been marked for large-scale mineral exploration and development. The Eskimo Curlew symbolizes the fate awaiting all creatures of Canada's northern tundra. In capturing the stark, austere beauty of this land, where earth meets sky in an uninterrupted horizon, and clear waters mirror the solemn passage of caribou, The Barrens Quest makes a compelling case for planned conservation in one of the last unspoiled wilderness regions left in the world.
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