The NFB celebrates Earth Day


St. Lawrence: Stairway to the Sea, Jacques-Yves Cousteau & Jacques Gagné, National Film Board of Canada

April 22 is Earth Day. One billion people around the world celebrate by engaging in projects or events designed to address environmental issues. It’s a day for us to step back and appreciate this great planet of ours and to at least be aware of the potential damage we cause every day and think about ways to combat that damage.

Here, at NFB Headquarters in Montreal, our resident Green Committee has organized Bicycle Day. All employees were encouraged to bike to work. We’ve got an information kiosk set up on the premises and a free bicycle diagnostic clinic scheduled for this afternoon.

But in the interest of extending our reach beyond NFB employees, I thought I’d share three very different films that touch on issues directly related to Earth Day.  From migrating with a herd of caribou to exploring the ecosystems of the Great Lakes with Jacques-Yves Cousteau to following a snake hunter who’s forced to rethink her ways, there should be something here for everyone.

Enjoy. And Happy Earth Day.

Pocket Desert – Confessions of a Snake Killer, Craig Berggold & Teresa Marshall, National Film Board of Canada

Being Caribou , Leanne Allison & Diana Wilson, National Film Board of Canada