By volunteer, Bob Herbert
The Methow Conservancy’s "First Tuesday" program for November was filled to capacity with people eager to learn more about our resident film makers Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele. Benj and Sara have started a project called Facing Climate Change and it focuses on the affects that global warming is having on northwest communities and tribes. They have adopted a short film format that focuses on how global warming and climate change is affecting people’s lives and their livelihoods. The average length of their mindfully created productions is just over four minutes, which means they are able to distribute them through the many social media networks.
|"Oyster Farmers: Facing Climate Change"|
|Plateau Tribes: Facing Climate Change|
Benjamin and Sara’s films tell a personal, localized story. This format is an extremely effective way of getting a message across in a short amount of time, and the stories they tell should be heard by as many people as possible. More details about their Facing Climate Change series (which also includes films about coastal tribes and potato farmers) is available to watch at their website - http://bdsjs.com/ - and I urge you to check them out.
Sara and Benj also showed the audience two films in their work for TEAM Network, a global web of field stations that provide an early warning system for loss of biodiversity in tropical forests. Badru's Story was an official selection at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival and was also shown at the Mountainfilm Festival.
Our natural history-loving crowd got a kick out of Benj and Sara's unique interviews called "The Natural History Project." See a short film and/or listen to 15 different interviews at the website.
Thanks again Sara Joy Steele and Benjamin Drummond for sharing your films and thank you for the tireless work you are doing for the planet and its inhabitants!