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The question that lies at the heart of the ongoing debate about the world's forests is whether we can halt deforestation while still sustaining communities that depend on the forest for their livelihood.

GOODWOOD looks at four forestry-based places where communities are discovering - sometimes with help from surprising quarters - that it can be done.

From a village chair-making project in Honduras to a design school in Nelson, B.C., and from a community-based forestry in Mexico to more than 3,000 items from certified wood sold in a British retail chain, vital links are being made to keep people employed, while at the same time preserving the world's forests.

'It's an inspiring, heart-lifting film about the possibilities that await those who learn to see old things in new ways.' Vancouver Sun

'The film's basic message rings clear throughout: It's possible to have jobs and trees. It just takes a little innovative thinking.' Forest Magazine

'One of the few (videos) that offers a look at what it will take to make forests profitable without denuding them...Recommended for academic and medium to large libraries particularly in areas where deforestation is an unusually sensitive issue.' Christopher Lewis, American University, MC Journal


Main credits

MacAndrew, Heather (film producer)
MacAndrew, Heather (screenwriter)
Springbett, David (film director)
Springbett, David (film producer)
Suzuki, David T. (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Shelly Hamer; music, Patrick Godfrey; photography, Peter Walker, Ian Kerr, Cezary Colsut, John Whatton.

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Distributor subjects

Canadian Studies
Central America
Climate Change/Global Warming
Developing World
Development Education
Fair Trade
Forests and Rainforests
Natural Resources
Social Psychology


forests, jobs, Honduras, Mexico, jobs vs. environment, deforestation; "GoodWood"; Bullfrog Films