Downwind/Downstream

Downwind/Downstream

DOWNWIND/DOWNSTREAM documents the serious threat to water quality, sub-alpine ecosystems, and public health in the Colorado Rockies from mining operations, acid rain, and urbanization.
10,000 abandoned mines in the high country, plus thousands of acres covered with wastes from such huge operations as the Climax molybdenum mine, release a steady stream of toxic heavy metals into the headwaters of the Western water supply -- water on which cities as far apart as El Paso, Phoenix, Denver, and Los Angeles depend.
Acid rain and snow leach additional metals from mountain soils and threaten aquatic ecosystems and forests. Together, these problems also represent a potent threat to the $10 billion Western tourism industry. The time for action is now!

'A powerful reminder that we share a limited environment with other humans and other life forms and that we will be ecologically and ethically accountable for thoughtless conduct. The film is a superb tool for teaching modern environmentalism.' Roderick Nash, Professor of History and Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara

Citation

Main credits

McLeod, Christopher (film producer)
McLeod, Christopher (screenwriter)
McLeod, Christopher (film director)
McLeod, Christopher (cinematographer)
McLeod, Christopher (editor of moving image work)
Lewis, Robert (film producer)
Coyote, Peter (narrator)

Other credits

Cinematography, John Knoop, Christopher McLeod; edited by Christopher McLeod; music by Ray Lynch, Dan Fogelberg, Brian Eno and Kate Wolf.


Docuseek2 subjects

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Chemistry
Economics
Environment
Environmental Ethics
Health
History
Humanities
Local Economies
Mining
Rivers
Toxic Chemicals
Urban and Regional Planning
Water
Western US

Keywords

water quality, southwest, mining, acid rain, urbanization,; toxic pollution; "Downwind/Downstream"; Bullfrog Films