LEARN MORE. TAKE ACTION. MAKE CHANGE.
We hope the films at the Festival will inspire you to action.
If you are motivated by a film and want to know more, this page will help connect you to additional information, resources and action opportunities. By no means is this a comprehensive listing. Utilize this as a jumping off point and feel free to do additional research on your own!
The American Conservation Film Festival welcomes diverse voices to the conservation dialogue. We establish partnerships with and seek support and sponsorship from a range of artists, individuals and organizations expressing varied perspectives on the complexities of human and environmental conservation. While we greatly value these relationships, they do not necessarily reflect the views or values of the ACFF board or staff, nor do they influence the selection and programming of ACFF films, performances or other engagements.
ACFF’s Statement on Rockwool
For the past 16 years, ACFF has been presenting films that seek to Engage, Inform and Inspire people about conservation issues, both local and global. Our festival line-ups often include films featuring people improving their community through activism.
Now, a Danish company that produces insulation proposes to build a factory in Jefferson County. There are people in the community who support this effort and many others who question the cost/benefit of the enterprise. If you are not yet familiar with the dispute surrounding the construction of the Rockwool factory, go to toxicrockwool.com and rockwool.com/westvirginia. Many of our board members are actively involved with this issue. As a conservation film festival, our most important role is to encourage involvement. Rockwool’s presence in the county has engaged the entire community as never before and ACFF supports citizen engagement on this important issue.
ACFF wants to encourage our audience to become educated about issues in their communities and become active in efforts to protect the environment.
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Also, come to the American Conservation Film Festival the weekends of October 12-14 and 19-21. As always, our films highlight conservation issues that inspire and activate people to make positive change.
Several of our film blocks concern community activism. Before and after these films, the audience will have an opportunity to learn about and join organizations in our region that are working to protect our environment. Please check our festival schedule for details.
An Acquired Taste
Read more in this Slate article.
Scroll way down to the “Want to Help” section on the film’s website: http://www.beneathparadise.com/welcome
Catching the Sun
Learn more here.
Forget Shorter Showers
Try Start to learn how to gather a group of people to better understand what is wrong with our world, develop a vision of a better society, and figure out effective strategies for moving from here to there.
How to Change the World
Greenpeace’s Greenwire connects with volunteers, activists and groups working on environmental campaigns all across the country. It’s the place to start groups, host events, run campaigns, share photos,videos, blogs and join with other interested activists eager to help.
Further reading: Biodiversity in England’s New Forest
Monarchs: The Milkweed Mission
Order free milkweed seeds to grow in your yard and help the dwindling monarch population.
Two pages of action suggestions, from asking highway departments and utilities to reduce mowing of road edges, power lines, and other areas where milkweed grows to monitoring monarchs as a citizen scientist .
Petition the US Fish and Wildlife Service to add monarchs to list of endangered species.
Take time to explore Racing Extinction’s website to find petitions, such as Rainforest Action Network’s (below), to sign up for challenges to help you make changes to benefit threatened species, to learn how to green your city, to see incredible PhotoArk images of endangered species and learn more about each one of them. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page, too.
Click here to join Rainforest Action Network in calling on palm oil companies to work with their suppliers to immediately halt the destruction of the Leuser Ecosystem.
Saving Mes Aynak
- Contacting the Afghan embassy to tell them you support the protection and preservation of Mes Aynak.
The Honorable Dr. Hamdullah Mohib
2341 Wyoming Ave., NW,Washington, DC 20008
2. Sending the same message to the UNESCO Office in the U.S.
UNESCO – NEW YORK
Liaison Office with the United Nations, D.C. II Building, 2 UN Plaza, Office No. 900,
NEW YORK, N.Y. 10017, United States of America
Tel.:(1) (212) 963 59 78
Seed: The Untold Story
Learn more about the Center for Biological Diversity’s advocacy of ocean wildlife and efforts to fight ocean noise.
Make a contribution to the NRDC to support their efforts to reduce ocean noise. Click here.
The Burden: Fossil Fuel, The Military and National Security
Ask that your member of Congress lift the burden of fossil fuel dependence – http://www.theburdenfilm.com/lift_the_burden
Cornell Lab of Ornithology in partnership with The Messenger presents 7 ways to help songbirds, including tips on how to make windows safer for birds.
The True Cost
Check out the dropdown box “Learn More” on the film’s website including what you can do to reduce the environmental impact of the clothing industry. Be sure to read the Take Action pledge statement. You can see the a few of the brands the filmmakers like:
Consider joining the Fashion Revolution Get involved in Greenpeace’s campaign to transform the fashion industry so it stops polluting the environment.
Learn more about the science and impact of rising sea levels .
Myclimate, cited on the film’s website, educates, develops climate protection programs, and sells carbon offsets (in Euros and Francs). To learn more about reducing your footprint through carbon offsets, see “Should You Buy Carbon Offsets?”
A Penguin’s Life in the City
America’s Wilderness (short films)
View more NPS America’s Wilderness shorts
Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek
Bridge the Gulf Project – a Gulf Coast community media project working towards justice and sustainability
Teaching Resources based on the film
Reel Power – films addressing climate change and the long term impact of resource extraction
Dollars & Sense interview with Derrick Evans
From Billions to None
Project Passenger Pigeon -Lessons from the past for a sustainable future
The Diane Rehm Show on the topic of de-extinction
TED talks on de-extinction
Revive & Restore – genetic rescue for endangered and extinct species
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology – passenger pigeon blog post
Love in the Tetons
Beyond the Edge- National Geographic Adventure blog post on Love in the Tetons
The North Face Ambassador profile of Juan Martinez
Sierra Club Outdoors – Inner City Outings
Appalachian Mountain Club – Youth Opportunities Program
Love Thy Nature
A selection of Nature Organizations via Love Thy Nature website
Postcards from Climate Change
View more Postcards and learn about the project HERE
Take Action – The UN and Climate Change
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center – Take Action to Fight Climate Change
Article via WIRED
Lord Howe Island article via NPR
Australian Broadcasting Corporation- The Science Show- Second chance for the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect
Rediscovered after being declared extinct article
The Green Ninja: Styrofoam Man
The Green Ninja website for additional episodes and educational info
takepart – D.C. bans plastic take-out containers
Groundswell – Which cities have banned plastic foam?
Ticked Off: The Mystery of Lyme Disease
CDC – Lyme Disease
National Geographic News – What is Lyme Disease article
Info for Lyme Disease Support Group Eastern Panhandle WV
American Lyme Disease Foundation
Article of Austin Sanitation Workers featured in Trash Dance documentary
Environmental Justice in Action blog – Tales from our Trash: NYC’s Sanitation Workers
WV joins National Movement Protecting Sanitation Workers