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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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Battle for the Trees
Excerpt  (1:22) 1993, production : John Edginton
The film
Some BC environmentalists protest plans to clear-cut old-growth forest. In the early 1990s clear-cutting in BC by big logging companies prompted many concerned citizens to commit acts of civil disobedience. Determined to stop what they saw as destructive practices, they accused the government of favouring private corporate interests over the public good and the protection of the environment.

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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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