Gold Award of Excellence- Interpretation Canada
Silver Screen Award: US International Film & Video Festival
Bronze Statuette: The Telly Awards
Nomination: KIDSFIRST! Film Festival - Best Documentary ages 8-12
Honors Award: NAPPA (National Parenting Publications Awards)
This contemporary multi-award winning environmental science mini-series explores the reasons, causes, and solutions surrounding how human land uses eat up healthy natural space (habitats) and render it useless for other species. This pervasive trend is fuelled by the Myth of Superabundance - the belief that animals and plants can go 'somewhere else'. The fascinated ecologist and thoughtful teacher, Ernie, brings science and guests to candidly explore ideas and attitudes which help reveal the cumulative effects of human activities on the land. Guided solutions and hands-on exercises include: Green Mapping; Calculating Ecological Footprints; Reducing them; and, Protecting natural spaces with parks and innovations such as the Y2Y (Yellowstone to Yukon) Conservation Initiative. Ernie is on the scene in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Alberta, and Wyoming.
Consists of three 30-minute parts on one DVD:
PART ONE describes the problem at hand - the Myth of Superabundance. Despite the billions of years it took for species to evolve on Earth, we, the more recent inhabitants, have been strangely thinking and acting as if land were unlimited and this is threatening and eliminating healthy natural habitats and species. Ernie explores this problem with the help of Dr. Brad Stelfox, an Alberta scientist who shows how the growth of Calgary, like many cities, is suffering from urban sprawl. Taking these land use concepts into the sub-arctic, Ernie explores an example of how human cumulative land uses can really add up.
PART TWO shows the species that have already become extinct in Canada. Then, Ernie engages us in 3 activities that can reverse the impacts of the Myth of Superabundance. A grade 8 class explores Green Mapping- developing powers of observation about local natural areas, categorizing, mapping, and attaching values to them through discussion. Ernie calculates his Ecological Footprint on-line and explores what this model means and how it can help people recognize the impacts of lifestyle choices. Thirdly, Ernie surveys how to make personal choices to reduce eco-footprints. As an example, he considers the origin countries of his food.
PART THREE continues the Eco-footprint theme with an emphasis on reduction by community choices. The Inuvik Community Greenhouse is the story of a smart idea in an unlikely place that increases self-sufficiency and reduces demand on food transportation. Another solution is to just protect natural space. Ernie celebrates parks and protected spaces but notes their challenges and limitations (ie. species can leave the protected park). One creative approach to co-existing with species can be seen in the Y2Y (Yellowstone to Yukon) Conservation Initiative. People of an entire mountain eco-region, spanning several Canadian Provinces and US States, are working to manage their land use and growth with the long-term health of the whole natural space in mind. Ernie checks it out in both countries and reinforces the need to change the way we think about nature.
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