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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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Battle for the Trees
1993, production : John Edginton
Some BC environmentalists protest plans to clear-cut...
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Trouble in the Forest
1988, production : Gary Toole
Acid rain caused by industrial emissions in the American...
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Trouble in the Forest
1988, production : Gary Toole
Certain industries - utilities, coal companies and others -...
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The Great Clean-up
1976, production : James Carney
Protection of the Great Lakes was the objective of a 1970s...
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The Great Clean-up
Excerpt  (4:24) 1976, production : James Carney
The film
Protection of the Great Lakes was the objective of a 1970s agreement between Canada and the United States. The Great Lakes contain over 20% of the earth's fresh water. The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement was a response to public alarm over industrial and domestic pollution. There was a need for solutions that balanced the needs of industry with a clean environment.

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This film is about the Great Lakes, how they were polluted and how they are being cleaned up. To tidy up the biggest body of fresh water in the world is a massive operation. The Great Clean-up documents some of the elements of this operation, including changes to legislation affecting the emission of industrial pollutants into the environment, on both sides of the Canada/US. border. The film's images speak very strongly for the importance of saving the Great Lakes from further pollution.
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