Being Caribou – NFB Documentary

8 03 2010

This great documentary was sent to me by a student. In theory, I agree with the conservationist sentiment of the film makers, although I also noticed that they were driving a gas-guzzling truck to get the caribou. The oil for such vehicles needs to some from somewhere. This doesn’t excuse development in ANWAR, but it does mean that things aren’t black and white. I also believe that drilling for conventional oil and natural gas in Alaska is far less of an environmental problem than the tar sands in Alberta, which produce massive amounts of CO2 for each litre of gasoline delivered to a consumer (far more than conventional oil). Anyway, you should check out this film.

“In this feature-length documentary, husband and wife team Karsten Heuer (wildlife biologist) and Leanne Allison (environmentalist) follow a herd of 120,000 caribou on foot across 1500 km of Arctic tundra. In following the herd’s migration, the couple hopes to raise awareness of the threats to the caribou’s survival. Along the way they brave Arctic weather, icy rivers, hordes of mosquitoes and a very hungry grizzly bear. Dramatic footage and video diaries combine to provide an intimate perspective of an epic expedition.”

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