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The 5th annual Green School Tours will run from April 1 – June 22, 2018
Since 1999, Planet in Focus has played a significant role in helping to raise awareness about the state of our planet through the power of film in schools and communities across Canada. Now you can join the Green School Tours and host in-school screenings of engaging environmental films!
Planet in Focus Teachers’ Guides are now available for selected titles. These guides provide background on the topics covered in the films, as well as additional resources like news coverage, helpful videos and websites for further research. The creation of the guides has been made possible thanks to the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Step 1: The first 3 schools in each region will receive a free in-school film festival
*NEW* Northern British Columbia
North Eastern GTA SOLD OUT
Brantford SOLD OUT
Kitchener-Waterloo & Cambridge SOLD OUT
Niagara SOLD OUT
Ottawa SOLD OUT
If you do not qualify for a free program, please email email@example.com for alternative options.
Step 2: Choose from the list below and apply!
RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 1-6
Kokota: The Islet of Hope
Craig Norris | Tanzania/Canada | 29 min
Major themes: renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, deforestation, water scarcity
Despite the tiny size of their homeland, the challenges facing the 450 inhabitants of Kokota are global in scale. Plagued by widespread deforestation, severe water shortages, and a collapsing fishery, the Indian Ocean islet is a microcosm of the dangers wrought by climate change. But thanks to the efforts of an invested neighbour from the nearby island of Pemba, and the resilience and resolve of Kokotans, the islanders are innovating, adapting, and flourishing. Kokota: Islet of Hope offers an inspirational lesson in the power of simple solutions.
Stephen Most | United States | 23 min
Themes: ecosystems, soundscapes
This unique doc offers a fascinating look at the world through the soundscapes of nature, as recorded by sound ecologist Bernie Krause, who is renowned for incorporating natural sounds into orchestral music for movies and other projects. Stunning natural landscapes complement interviews with various collaborators, in a project that documents an expedition to record sounds of the wildlife north of the Arctic.
Alex & Tyler Mifflin | Canada | 25 min
Themes: Canada, water cycle, climate change
Canada is home to over 1 million lakes and one of the largest freshwater supplies in the entire world, but scientists are discovering that these vast freshwater resources, and the ecosystems they support, are increasingly at risk due to the effects of climate change. From changing rainfall patterns, to reduced snowpack, melting mountain glaciers and warming lakes, Canada is more vulnerable to climate change than many of us assume. We are indeed living on thin ice.
Lalita Krishna | Canada | 28 min
Themes: water scarcity, social action
Ryan was 6 years old when he heard people were dying without clean water. The rest is history. In 14 years the Ryan’s Well Foundation has built over 1000 wells and sanitation projects helping hundreds of thousands of people get access to clean water. Ryan’s compassionate act has moved millions of people to take action. ‘Little people can do big jobs, You don’t have to be a grown up before people will listen to you”.In this documentary, Ryan returns to the site of his first well in Uganda to see the impact of his actions.
RECOMMENDED FOR GRADES 6-12
Aube Giroux | Canada | 2017 | 86 min
Themes: GMOs, agriculture, health
Modified is steeped in love: for a parent, for food, for health and for people. In a film spanning nine years, director Aube Giroux canvasses various citizen led movements across the world who are fighting to label foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In order to delve into the debate, Aube interviews scientists, and politicians on both sides of the argument. Aube weaves personal narratives about family, gardening, food, health, and loss into her touching and thoughtful film. We learn about her love for gardening, growing vegetables and fruit and making great food, pleasures that she shares with her mother. Modified features interviews with world-renowned primatologist, Jane Goodall, and Canadian anti-GMO activist, Rachel Parent, as well as footage from Bernie Sanders. The film is activism inspired by love and respect for the land.
Julia Barnes | Canada | 2017 |88 min
Themes: water, wildlife, sustainability
Inspired by Rob Stewart’s Revolution, young filmmaker Julia Barnes embarks on an epic journey around the world to save the ecosystems we depend on for survival, as we come closer to causing a mass extinction in the oceans.
Sea of Life leads audiences through the stunning world of coral reefs into the heart of the environmental movement, meeting passionate scientists, activists and explorers who reveal an enormous opportunity to rise up and become the heroes the world needs.
David Lavallee | Canada | 83 min
Major themes: fossil fuels, energy production, activism
Filmmaker David Lavallee turns his attention to the wider impact of oil and gas extraction in the “new energy” age in To the Ends of the Earth. Since the peak of crude oil production a decade ago, the fossil fuel industry has been forced to resort to costly and unconventional methods of extraction—arctic drilling and shale gas fracking among them—giving rise to unprecedented economic and environmental hazards. Narrated by Emma Thompson, To the Ends of the Earth is a comprehensive investigation of the increasingly intensive hunt for untapped non-renewables. Lavallee’s latest is also a forum for a formidable array of scientists, authors, and activists, including Naomi Klein, who envision a post-growth economic future, premised on cooperation, social justice, and ecological stewardship.
Valentin Thurn | Germany | 52 min
Themes: global/local food systems, industrial/organic farming
Within the 21st century, the global population will surpass 10 billion, a figure that current methods of agricultural production cannot hope to sustain. Author, filmmaker, and self-proclaimed “food fighter” Valentin Thurn (Taste the Waste) set out in search of solutions to this looming crisis, documenting his discoveries in 10 Billion – What’s on Your Plate? Seeking ecologically and economically viable innovations, Thurn travels the world, consulting small-scale farmers and industrial producers alike. Among his destinations are an Indian seed bank, urban gardens in the US and UK, and a Dutch university cultivating lab-grown beef. A richly diverse and rigorously researched survey, 10 Billion offers an absorbing vision of the future of sustainable food.
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