Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival

Public Trust: The Fight for America's Public Lands

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Thursday, April 15 | 7:00 PM (PDT)


Despite our differences and growing polarization, Americans share something in common: 640 million acres of public land. Held in trust by the federal government for all citizens of the United States, these lands and waters are a stronghold against climate change, sacred to native people, home to wildlife, and intrinsic to our national identity. But today, despite support from voters across the political spectrum, they face unprecedented threats from extractive industries and the politicians in their pockets. 

Part love letter, part political exposé, PUBLIC TRUST investigates how we arrived at this precarious moment through three heated conflicts—a national monument in the Utah desert, a proposed mine in the Boundary Waters, and oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge—and makes a case for their continued protection.

Q&A immediately following screening with Director David Garrett Byars, Producer Jeremy Rubingh, Hal Herring, investigative journalist and Public Trust narrator, and Bernadette Demientieff, executive director of the Gwich’in Steering Committee, and a tribal member of the Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal Government in Fort Yukon, Alaska. 


Moderated by Link TV’s Senior Programming Executive Kim Spencer.