Monday, November 24, 2008

Red Gold

Last week Tyson, me, Lisa and Lisa's roommate Lisa, attended a screening for the movie Red Gold at the Seattle Art Museum. I loved it! The director was there as well as several of the people included in the story. If you have a minute, click on the link at the bottom and just look at the images. So stunningly beautiful.

The Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska is home to the Kvichak and Nushagak rivers, the two most prolific sockeye salmon run left in the world.

Two mining companies have proposed an open-pit and underground mine at the headwaters of the two rivers. The area is the second largest deposit of copper and gold ever discovered and has an estimated value of more than $300 billion.

Despite promises of a clean project by mining officials, the accident-plagued history of hard rock mining is now a possibility that Alaskan's are facing.

Red Gold gives a voice to the people of Bristol Bay who depend on this extraordinary fishery. The film is more about the place and its people than facts and numbers. Its incredibly beautiful and the imagery is spectacular. I loved this film and am so inspired to pass along its message to all I can reach!

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