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From Videoproject:

A compelling new documentary exploring the noticeably under-reported issue of the environmental impacts of war. Confronts the immensely broad ecological ramifications of everything from technological development and natural resource exhaustion to weapons testing and modern warfare itself. Falling water tables, shrinking forest cover, declining species diversity – all presage ecosystems in distress. These trends are now widely acknowledged as emanating from forces of humanitys own making: massive population increases, unsustainable demands on natural resources, species loss, and ruinous environmental practices. Ironically however, war, that most destructive of human behaviors, is commonly bypassed.

In all its stages, from the production of weapons through combat to cleanup and restoration, war is comprised of elements that pollute land, air, and water, destroy biodiversity and entire ecosystems, and drain our limited natural resources. Yet the environmental damage occasioned even by preparation for war, not to mention war itself, is routinely underestimated, underreported, and even ignored. This outstanding, timely, new film explores the crucial need for public scrutiny of the ecological impact of war and reminds us of the importance of accountability and sustainability not in spite of global conflict, but because of it.

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North Carolina:

From the air there appears to be nothing left of the Sangamo-Weston Plant that once stood in Pickens.But, unfortunately, the industry left plenty behind.

“Everybody says, ‘Oh, we didn’t know it was so harmful.’ Bull manure! They did know it was harmful,” Federal Judge Ross Anderson said.

Anderson is talking about the 400,000 pounds of PCBs the plant dumped into 12-Mile River during the 60s and 70s.

The cancer-causing substance found its way to Lake Hartwell where today, people are still warned not to eat the fish.

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“We’re going to be paying a price for our environment for at least the lifetime of my grandson,” he said.

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