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The Earth Sustains Us is a selection of 5 short Canadian films about cultivating and caring for the earth.

The program includes: Mnoomin: The Gift of the Creator, The Hands That Feed Us, Walking with Plants, Conserving Catchacoma, Toxic Neighbour

What does it take to protect a rare Old Growth forest in Ontario?

After Dr. Peter Quinby’s research identified the Catchacoma Old Growth forest as the largest known Old Growth eastern hemlock forest in Canada, he teamed up with Katie Krelove of the Wilderness Committee to make a case for protection. Unfortunately their case fell on deaf ears. Joined by the Youth Leadership in Sustainability Class of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, local cottagers, historians, educators, and conservationists, the Catchacoma Forest Stewardship Committee is working tirelessly to ensure that this deserving forest is recognized by the government for its ecological, education, research, and recreation values.

If you would like to support the efforts of the activists shown in this film:




To book a screening of this film in the future: www.conservingcatchacoma.com


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For Our Grandchildren’s mission is to engage and mobilize our community to take effective action to combat climate change. In relentless pursuit of this mission, we will advocate/enlist support from our local governments and collaborate effectively with like-minded community organizations.

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For more than 25 years, GreenUP has been Peterborough region’s leading organization focused on climate action, environmental education, and community resilience. A non-profit charitable organization, our mission is to inspire and empower environmentally healthy and sustainable action. We offer impactful hands-on environmental education programs, lead inspiring projects that showcase the potential for green, healthy, and active neighbourhoods, and coordinate events and campaigns that enable collaborative action and civic participation.

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The Kawartha Land Trust is a non-government organization and registered charity dedicated to conserving the natural environment and enhancing the quality of life in the Kawarthas. KLT achieves this by accepting gifts of ecologically significant lands and/or conservation easements on lands, along with monetary donations to maintain and care for the properties in their natural state.

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Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC) connects people to global issues and local initiatives that change how we understand the world and foster equitable and sustainable communities.

We make positive change through three key program areas: Community Education, Youth & In School Programs and Umbrella Support for small and emerging community projects.

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kawarthaNOW.com is a locally owned Independent media company providing news, events, promotion, advertising and marketing in the greater Kawarthas region of Peterborough, Northumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, Hastings. We have over 75,000 unique readers daily and over 3.5 million pages read monthly. kawarthaNOW.com is a media sponsor of Reframe Film Festival and proudly aligned with their mission, vision and values.


Supporting the environment becomes Rotary's seventh area of focus, which are categories of service activities supported by global grants. It joins peacebuilding and conflict prevention; disease prevention and treatment; water, sanitation, and hygiene; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and community economic development.

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TRACKS (TRent Aboriginal Cultural Knowledge and Science) facilitates dynamic, land-based youth programming that braids multiple scientific approaches by centring Indigenous ways of knowing and being. TRACKS offers youth opportunities to actively engage with a multitude of worldviews to further understand and develop their personal skills, gifts, and tools. A main pillar of this work is to contribute to hands-on InSTEAM (Indigenous Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) learning opportunities for youth of all ages. TRACKS encourages all humans to deepen reciprocal relationships within their environments and embody understandings of their responsibilities to the land.

Support the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, who are actively defending their inherent rights to unceded Indigenous territory against a liquefied natural gas pipeline and RCMP brutality.

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The prestigious School of the Environment is a leader in Canada for environmental research and innovation, with unparalleled career and hands-on learning opportunities, world-class laboratories, and premiere campus nature areas. Numerous and varied degree options are taught by renowned faculty, renewable energy, biodiversity and food security.

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Youth Leadership in Sustainability (YLS) is a one semester full time high school program for local grade 11 and 12 students. The YLS classroom is at Trent University but our exploration of sustainability challenges and solutions takes us into the forests, farms and streets of our local community. YLS helps youth find their voice and their place in the struggle for a just and secure future on this planet.

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  • Runtime
    20 minutes
  • Language
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  • Premiere
    World Premiere
  • Director
    Mitch Bowmile