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Sand Wars: Facing a World Without Sand

An interview with Denis Delestrac, writer and award-winning director.

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Detox: How People Power is Cleaning Up Fashion

Around the world a growing movement of people are using their creativity, design skills and purchasing power to demand fashion without pollution. A Greenpeace video.

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One Flew Over a Beach Sand Mining Pit, Sénégal

An astounding video by l’Institut National de L’Audiovisuel.

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Illegal Beach Sand Mining, Togo, a Video

Despite a recent law prohibiting sand mining on Togo’s beaches, illegal sand mining continue, unabated.

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Sinking Islands

In the south of Bangladesh, one of the countries most at threat from climate change, entire islands are being washed away by tidal surges and storms leaving their inhabitants in increasingly desperate straits. A IRIN video documentary.

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Mana Kai, a Film by Pasha Reshikov

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Mana Kai, “Spirit of the Ocean” in hawaiian, is a short film exploring the relationship of humans and the ocean.

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Floating Gardens

In Bangladesh, the ancient practice of floating gardens, beds of straw and water hyacinths on which crops are grown, is making a comeback in the face of increased floods.

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Shored Up, A Film By Ben Kalina

Shored Up : When Nature and The Force Of Nature Collide. A Film by Ben Kalina. See Listing: Upcoming screenings.

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Sand Wars, An Investigation Documentary, By Denis Delestrac

Is beach sand an infinite resource? Can the existing supply satisfy a gigantic demand fueled by construction booms? What are the consequences of intensive beach sand mining for the environment and the neighboring populations…? This investigation takes us around the globe to unveil a new gold rush and a disturbing fact: the “Sand Wars” have begun.

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