We’re excited about the latest round of Mountainfilm guest speakers to be announced. In keeping with the 2011 Moving Mountains Symposium theme of “Awareness into Action,” the series of special guests announced last week, “have all committed their lives to rolling up their sleeves and making a serious difference in the world,” Festival Director David Holbrooke said.
With guests ranging from photographer Aaron Huey to Andy Bichlbaum of The Yes Men to Terry Tempest Williams, these people “not only inspire our audiences but also provide a clear road map for how they can get involved as well,” said Holbrooke. Click here for a full list of Mountainfilm special guests, click here.
Whether you’re going to the festival or not, now is the time to bring your awareness into action. After reviewing the work of some of Mountainfilm’s guest speakers, we’ve picked a couple of actions that you can take right now.
1. Become a backer of Aaron Huey’s Pine Ridge Billboard Project.
From Aaron Huey: The ever-evolving Pine Ridge project gives voice to social injustice and a forgotten history. I want my work to empower the Lakota and other tribes who fight for recognition of the past in order to help give them a chance to move forward. Your involvement will help raise the visibility of these images by taking them straight to the public—to the sides of busses, subway tunnels, and billboards. I want people to think about prisoner of war camps in America on their commute to work. I want the message to be so loud that it cannot be ignored. Donate here.
2. Take action to save the Great Bear Rainforest.
In their latest hoax, The Yes Men took on Enbridge’s bid to build a massive pipeline from Canada’s tar sands through the rainforest and introduce super oil tankers to the pristine and thriving waters of BC’s North Coast. via The Yes Men: Between 1999 and 2008 Enbridge recorded an average of more than one oil spill every week. Just last summer, an Enbridge pipeline spilled more than 800,000 gallons of oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. In the U.S. Enbridge failed to maintain their pipeline, failed to clean up their mess, and are exploiting the victims. It would be madness to let them build a pipeline in Canada, especially through one of our planet’s last great wildernesses. Take action here.