Okefenokee Destiny is a love letter from locals to a deeply mysterious and largely unknown swamp as it comes under pressure from a mining company that could destroy it before it gains its rightful protected place in the world.
Sacred Waters, presented by OPA with the generous support of the National Parks Conservation Association, takes viewers into the heart of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, showcasing its mystical natural beauty, cultural importance, and incredible ecological value. But, as the title of the film sets forth, the sacred waters of the Okefenokee are in peril. The threat of a proposed heavy mineral sands mine near the edge of the Okefenokee looms large, putting the natural integrity of the Swamp at risk. As Sacred Waters brings us deeper into the Okefenokee, we understand how great this threat truly is.
The Okefenokee Swamp, “The Trembling Earth,” is a place unlike any other in the world. It’s the largest intact blackwater wetland in North America and a mecca for research scientists from around the world. It’s also in the heart of an economically depressed region and under pressure from extractive industries. How can the Okefenokee be conserved for future generations — and what lessons can we learn to keep from repeating our past mistakes?
Okefenokee Destiny, a PBS EcoSense for Living documentary, explores these questions and takes viewers on a journey through the swamp and introduces them to individuals and organizations working to protect this natural wonder.
Protect the Okefenokee Swamp
Georgia River Network, a leader of the Okefenokee Protection Alliance, summarizes the threat to the Okefenokee Swamp & how concerned citizens can take action to protect it.
Okefenokee Swamp – GPB
The Okefenokee Swamp is wild and vast, creating a challenging paddle for Chris and Jason. Their journey to the camping platform in the middle of the swamp is full of adventure and some great photographs.
Okefenokee Swamp Live – GPB Education
Travel through the Okefenokee Swamp, witness the power of the mighty alligator, and interact with swamp experts during this live exploration.
Okefenokee Swampin- On the Fly
Elijah Dwoskin, a student at the University of Georgia studying ecology and environmental sciences, and friends created this short video to highlight the mining threat that faces one of their favorite fishing spots, the Okefenokee Swamp.