Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest @ The Mountaineers, Seattle [28 June]

Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest

19:30 - 22:00

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The Mountaineers
7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98115
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Last Stand is a cinematic journey into the tragically threatened world of endangered mountain caribou, their home in the world's largest remaining inland temperate rainforest, and the critical human choices that will ultimately decide the fate of this stunning ecosystem. With the failure of agencies in the U.S. and Canada to regulate industrial resource extraction effectively, honor the treaty rights of indigenous peoples, and protect the integrity of the natural systems of this region, this film gives voice to First Nations, scientists, foresters, conservationists, and recreationists attempting to chart a new path forward before it is too late. It is a story that defies easy answers for the problems people have created and one that illuminates the complicated web of ecological relationships which humans have altered in ways not easily undone.

The evening will include:

-The American premier of the film
-A question and answer with the team after the film
-Other guest speakers working on important conservation efforts in the Pacific Northwest
-A Raffle featuring gear and other goods from our sponsors

Tickets will also available at the door.

Why is this film so timely?

Mountain caribou have long-depended on the rugged and remote habitat that humans now use for lumber, hydropower, energy extraction, and winter recreation. While these creatures are resilient, they are also highly vulnerable to these human-caused stressors. Currently, less than 15 caribou remain in the last herd that crosses back and forth between the United States and Canada. The total population of mountain caribou is estimated at less than 1500 across all of British Columbia. Caribou numbers continue to decline despite numerous ongoing efforts to conserve these animals, including controversial restrictions on logging and winter recreation, and predator control.

While these complex challenges are daunting, and while our destructive capacity as a species can seem overwhelming, we also have the amazing capacity to create systems of living that can contribute to the living world and not just deplete it. As writer and University of British Columbia professor Wade Davis says in the film, “To me, this idea that we continue to be a resource extractive economy is not a dearth of economic options, it’s a dearth of imagination.”

The Team

Unsure whether this project will be documentation of the end of a distinct ecotype of caribou or a step towards inspiring the change in human behavior needed to save these animals, David Moskowitz, Marcus Reynerson, Kim Shelton and Colin Arisman have set out to explore the world of these reclusive animals across the Selkirk, Columbia and Rocky mountains. What they have discovered is a compelling and complicated story, playing out in a strikingly beautiful yet deeply scarred landscape.

We hope you can join us for this engaging evening of conversation.

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