The 19th annual Planet in Focus Film Festival might be over, but that doesn’t mean our work is done! This was a very moving year at PiF and we found a common thread running through all the events this year, brought up by so many of our special guests and filmmakers: that it is up to each and every one of us to take action and work together to make a difference. As Brian and Sandra Stewart – Rob Stewart’s parents – emphasized at the screening of SHARKWATER: EXTINCTION, we don’t have to accept the world we’ve been handed – we need to fight for the world we want

Did you see a film that really moved you? Was there an issue covered that you felt compelled to learn more about? This year for #PiF2018, we included action items in the schedule with each film. To make it easier for you, we’ve put all the feature films from the fest this year in a list below accompanied by their action items. Find a film, fall in love with an issue – take action with us! Together we will fight for the just, healthy, sustainable world we all deserve. 

How can you make a difference?
If you would like to get involved in saving the giraffe, consider supporting one or more of the following research and conservation organizations:
*Save The Giraffes
*The Reticulated Giraffe Project
*The Wild Nature Institute

How can you make a difference?

How can you make a difference?

  • Explore the Climate Atlas of Canada, which combines climate science, mapping and storytelling to bring the global issue of climate change closer to home.
  • Make polluters pay for their contribution to climate change: tweet the Canadian environment and climate change minister to put a price on carbon here.
  • Stand up against the banks that keep funding pipelines that threaten Indigenous Rights, by signing this Greenpeace petition.

How can you make a difference?

  • Join a local action group like 350Toronto.
  • Say no to the $4.5 billion Kinder Morgan buyout, by writing to members of parliament here.
  • Sign up for the ‘The Reluctant Radical’ newsletter, to receive updates on the valve turner trial and if the film will be released online.
  • Get involved with Climate Action Network

How can you make a difference?

  • Learn how to keep invading species away in your own garden here.
  • Download the EDDMapS Ontario app to report the sighting of an invasive species.
  • Follow Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program on Twitter to receive tips on how to take action against invading species in your local environment.

How can you make a difference?

How can you make a difference?

  • Prevent the Siberian permafrost from melting by taking action against climate change: use public transport, waste less, recycle, and make your voice heard.
  • Go on a sustainable fossil hunt yourself in Ontario, learn more about it here.
  • Learn more about the Age of Mammals at the Royal Gallery of Ontario

How can you make a difference?

How can you make a difference?

  • Read up on Canadian retailers’ seafood sustainability commitments and how they are performing against them here, to make a more sustainable choice when buying seafood.
  • Sign the petition to protect BC’s old-growth rainforests
  • Order a free shoreline clean-up kit here.
  • Get involved with Blue Fish Canada and The Council of Canadians

How can you make a difference?

  • Demand clean air and energy in your community by signing this petition.
  • Go solar and put solar panels on your house or invest in solar energy at SolarShare.
  • Explore the option to purchase renewable energy from your electricity provider or alternative providers like Bullfrog.
  • Follow Ontario Clean Air Alliance

How can you make a difference?

  • Bike instead of taking the car, and go to a Cycle Toronto workshop.
  • Participate in a Sidewalk Toronto ‘public roundtable’, to brainstorm and discuss the future of the new Torontonian neighbourhoods that will combine forward-thinking urban design and new digital technology.
  • Take a tour of Evergreen Brick Works, where a collection of deteriorating heritage buildings have been transformed into a global showcase for green design and an award-winning public space.
  • Get involved with the Toronto Tool Library & The Sharing Depot, circular economy initiatives that aim to reduce waste by encouraging people to share, upcycle and make.
  • Follow TAS DesignBuild

How can you make a difference?

How can you make a difference?

How can you make a difference?

  • Recycle your electronic waste at Shift Recycling.
  • Learn more about e-waste recycling in Toronto in this blog from Toronto Tool Library.
  • Donate electronics to Free Geek Toronto
  • Invest in products that last longer, instead of buying products with a short life-span over and over again, and read up on other tips on how to start a zero waste lifestyle.
  • Have a household item that’s broken? Don’t toss it! Bring it to Repair Cafe Toronto where you can get help fixing it for free.

For The Birds

How can you make a difference?

How can you make a difference?

How can I make a difference?

How can you make a difference?

How can you make a difference?

How can you make a difference?

  • Buy fair trade products when you can, and pay attention to certification and labels, learn more here.
  • Become an urban farming and garden volunteer at Evergreen Brick Works.
  • Volunteer at Black Creek Community Farm, to learn and teach others about organic farming, and sustainable food.

How can you make a difference?

How can you make a difference?

  • Join the Toronto-based action group ‘No One Is Illegal
  • Call on Canada to help refugees fleeing Trump by signing this petition.
  • Learn more about the experiences of Central American Immigrants in the US, by reading one of these books, all set at the Mexican-American border.

How can you make a difference?

  • Explore the ESRI Ground War Story Map to learn more about pesticides and regulations in North America.
  • Sign up for the Prevent Cancer Now newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest cancer prevention news, research and events
  • Learn how to make your own organic pesticides here

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