Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Red Gold

Bristol Bay Alaska is home to the last great wild salmon fishery in the world. Multinational mining company Northern Dynasty plans to build the largest open pit mine in North America at the headwaters of the resource. Check out this 3 minute trailer for Felt Soul Media's upcoming film - Red Gold. It does a good job of framing the debate. Let me know your reaction.

7 comments:

Adam said...

Thanks for putting this up! Its amazing how the pit mine can use "science" to its advantage.

Travis said...

After spending 70 days with Ben and Lauren in Bristol Bay this past summer, it is such a joy to distill the experience down to 3:30 minutes and to be able to share it with the general public. People need to know what is at stake in Bristol Bay with the proposed Pebble Mine. The Kvichak and Nushagak Rivers alone account for the majority of all sockeye production in Bristol Bay; in just one year the Kvichak supported a run of 60 million sockeye! The proposed mine site straddles the headwaters of these two amazing watersheds.

The sockeye salmon are among the last pillars in the Bristol Bay native cultural identity. They provide the livelihood for commercial fisherman and the lifeblood for the ecosystems making the sport fishing unlike anything else in the sport fishing world. Please join us in our fight to keep Bristol Bay mine free and pristine.

thane said...

beautiful video and look at the media tools applied to stop the New World Mine Project outside Yellowstone in mid-1990's that became a global call to action. Many similarities but no YouTube then. A suggestion: embed a call to action at the end of this video. Also insert section on how much ($$, people, salmon, bears) are stake. Here in London, the Bay is out of sight, out of mind. Or is it? My fishmonger may carry that salmon, so how do I as a consumer of salmon do the right thing and vote with my wallet? Food for thought.

El Pescador said...

Good observation Thane regarding the similarities to the New World Mine project. I also think your suggestion for a call to action link at the film's end makes sense. I wouldn't be surprised if that's what Ben and Travis have in mind. Thanks for adding your voice.

Nate Brown said...

I work for Patagonia and sent our enviro team and Malinda, Yvon's wife, a little e-mail about the current status of the Pepple Mine. She then sent me an e-mail w/ this link to the trailer. AWESOME!!! In no way should such a tragedy be allowed to happen. You guys should contact Patagonia for a little support.

El Pescador said...

Hi Nate, just to be clear, Way Upstream is the personal web log of the Patagonia fly fishing category product line director (El Pescador). Direct specific comments for Felt Soul Media to - http://feltsoulmedia.wordpress.com/

James said...

Wow,I just viewed the completed movie with the other fine folks from the Sage factory and I gotta say....it's powerful. Amazing photography and music come together to support a strong case against this proposed mine....you guys are gonna like it. I know we sure did.