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‘To the Ends of the Earth’ film tackles extreme energy agenda

David Lavallee has made a new film titled To the Ends of the Earth.

As noted on its website, “[The film] follows concerned citizens living at the frontiers of extreme oil and gas extraction, bearing witness to a global crossroads. They call for human ingenuity to rebuild society at the end of the fossil fuel era.”

An article in Canadian Progressive highlights, “The film’s creator is Vancouver filmmaker David Lavallee, the brains behind the award-winning documentary White Water, Black Gold. The documentary’s title, To the Ends of the Earth, draws our attention to the rapid shift that occurred following the collapse of regular conventional crude oil in 2005. The collapse led to the ‘new energy age’, epitomized by rabid tar sands developments, fracking and mega pipeline projects such as the proposed TransCanada Keystone XL and Energy East pipelines, Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway and Line 9B pipelines, and Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain.”

The documentary features This Changes Everything author Naomi Klein, Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent author Andrew Nikiforuk, former Clyde River mayor Jerry Natanine (who is opposed to seismic testing for oil and gas exploration in Baffin Bay), independent journalist Caroline Campbell, Simon Fraser University professor Lynne Quarmby (who along with others faced a $5.6 million lawsuit from Kinder Morgan for stopping a work crew surveying for the Trans Mountain pipeline in the Burnaby Mountain conservation area), and numerous other people.

In an interview with The Ecologist, Lavallee says, “On Burnaby Mountain and elsewhere across North America, we have seen hint of the moral and political power of Blockadia. That kind of popular protest is a great threat to these big corporations profiting off of extreme energy. Developing and implementing alternative and sustainable economics is an even bigger threat. My film, To The Ends of the Earth, is my contribution to sharing those alternatives and to building public awareness about the need to transition out of this dangerous era of extreme energy.”

Mark Achbar, the filmmaker best know for the documentary The Corporation, says the film is “wonderfully in touch with this historical moment”.

To see a trailer for the film, click here.

The film will be screening next in Ladner (on November 15) and opening at the Vancity Theatre in Vancouver (on December 11).

For Council of Canadians chapters interested in hosting a community screening of the film, please click here.