Join the Okefenokee Protection Alliance on March 14 at the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta as we share with you three short films showcasing the beauty and fragility of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Get inspired by the Okefenokee and learn what you can do to protect the Swamp from a mine proposed at its border! The Georgia EPD public comment period on the mining permit ends on March 20.
About the films:
Sacred Waters: The Okefenokee in Peril
Sacred Waters, presented by Okefenokee Protection Alliance 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.
Okefenokee Swampin’ – On The Fly
This short film by Elijah Dwoskin, a student at the University of Georgia studying ecology and environmental sciences, and friends, highlights the mining threat faced by one of their favorite fishing spots, the Okefenokee Swamp.