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This sub-section looks at management of forests, water and fossil fuels and exploitation of forests, mines and salmon. It also considers energy consumption.
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Worst Case Scenario
2001, production : Glynis Whiting
Sour gas is a natural gas that contains hydrogen sulphide, a...
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Fire - Energy
2000, production : Michel Barbeau
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The Barrens Quest
1997, production : Peter Blow
Canada's diamond industry is currently worth over 2 billion...
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Battle for the Trees
1993, production : John Edginton
The temperate rainforest of British Columbia is one of the...
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Battle for the Trees
Film  (57:00) 1993, production : John Edginton
Description
The temperate rainforest of British Columbia is one of the world's most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world. It is a remnant of a larger area that used to stretch from California to Alaska that is now home to some of the largest and oldest trees in the world.

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It is a complex battle being fought on many fronts--in corporate board rooms, in legislatures, on the streets, and in the woods.

The weapons range from million-dollar public relations campaigns to quiet acts of civil disobedience.

At stake are the last stands of old-growth coastal forest of British Columbia, which are being clearcut at an increased rate every year. Soon they will be gone forever.

The soldiers are ordinary citizens, scientists, loggers, environmentalists, and Natives who are witnessing the liquidation of our public forests and, with it, a way of life.

This important film examines the battle strategies of both sides, and offers some practical solutions that balance economic needs with the preservation of the ancient forests.

If the battle for the trees is lost--and all of the old growth is clearcut--the silence on the barren hills will be a monument to the victory of corporate interests over public process.
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