Welcome to the Film Room
Please enjoy our collection of films that SEACC and our partners have created over the years. Each movie tells a different story about the resilience, resourcefulness, struggles and innovations in Southeast Alaska. Grab some popcorn, and learn more about this magnificent place and our communities.
Global Leaders, Alaska Impacts
On Earth Day, President Biden convened a Summit of Global Leaders to discuss climate issues and to announce the United States of America’s plans for addressing the climate emergency facing our planet. In this video, leaders and minds from around Alaska discussed what some of those plans and goals mean for Alaskans.
Virtual Press Conference
As America’s largest carbon sink and climate sanctuary, the Tongass National Forest has a critical role to play in sequestering and storing atmospheric carbon essential in slowing climate change, which is occurring at one of the planet’s fastest rates in Alaska. At a virtual press conference on March 31, 2021, Wild Heritage chief scientist Dr. Dominick DellaSala explains his team’s breaking new data, the role of the Tongass as a carbon champion, and the extent to which U.S. carbon emissions will increase if logging is allowed to proceed in carbon-dense forests — including roadless areas recently opened to industrial development through a rollback decision made late in the Trump Administration. Indigenous leader Joel Jackson, President of the Organized Village of Kake in Alaska, also shares why protections are critical for Alaska Native communities.
Tongass, I love you
For Valentine’s Day 2021, SEACC Development and Outreach Associate Conor Lendrum performs a poem he wrote expressing his love for the Tongass. Dozens of you joined us in writing Valentine’s Day love letters and poems to the Tongass, which were sent to Gina McCarthy (White House National Climate Advisor) and John Kerry (U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate), so Biden’s climate team knew exactly what the Tongass means to us.
Climate Conversations: Biden’s Climate Cabinet
In this Feb. 10, 2021 Zoom webinar, SEACC Climate Organizer Matt Jackson discusses Biden’s climate-forward cabinet with guest experts from the Grand Camp of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood and the National Wildlife Federation.
The Tongass National Forest: Our Most Powerful Climate Solution
Join Sally Schlichting, Environmental Policy Analyst with the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, on a virtual tour of the Tongass in this webcast hosted by Oregon Wild on Feb. 3, 2021. This presentation features the fish, wildlife, and human communities that depend on the Tongass — and an exploration of how preserving it and other mature and old-growth forests is key to combating climate change.
Blue Congress, Green Tongass
Tune in here to watch our webinar, held on Zoom on Jan. 21, 2021, the day after Inauguration Day, “Blue Congress, Green Tongass” about how the incoming Biden administration, the 117th Congress and this power shift could affect the Tongass National Forest. SEACC Executive Director Meredith Trainor hosted the conversation with featured guest Leah Donahey, Legislative Director for the Alaska Wilderness League.
Turn Out For The Tongass
Since 2001, the Roadless Rule has protected Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest from development. Now, the Trump Administration, Alaska’s Congressional Delegation and Governor, and corporate interests are trying to undermine it to open vast swaths of irreplaceable old-growth temperate rainforest to clearcut logging and roadbuilding.
Film & edit – Wild Confluence Media
Made possible by – SEACC.org & EarthJustice.org
Rock, Paper, Fish
Every year all five species of salmon return to Southeast Alaska’s Chilkat River to sustain the communities of Haines and Klukwan, as well as insatiable grizzly bears, hordes of fascinated tourists, and the world’s largest gathering of bald eagles. But now a modern day gold rush is underway in the mountains above the river’s headwaters, and locals are reckoning with the changes that could come with a hard-rock mine.
“Rock-Paper-Fish” offers a vivid look into the lives of Alaskans grappling with questions as immense as the place they call home. Due to the threat of industrial mining, the Chilkat has been named one of “America’s 10 Most Endangered Rivers of 2019” by the nonprofit American Rivers.
Take action today at Chilkat.org. Filmed by Colin Arisman & Connor Gallagher. Produced by Wild Confluence Media & Nomad Island. Supported by Patagonia, Peak Design & Southeast Alaska Conservation Council
Contamination from a mine could threaten a magnificent marine ecosystem and a Tlingit community’s way of life in Southeast Alaska.
Winner: Yale Environmental Film (Best Short Film), Alaska Film Awards (Best Environmental Film)
Official Selection: Wild & Scenic Film Festival, International Wildlife Film Festival, International Ocean Film Festival, Downstream Film Festival, Siskiyou Film Festival, Wasatch Mountain Film
Directed, Filmed and Edited by Colin Arisman and Connor Gallagher
Produced by Wild Confluence Media & Votiv Earth
In partnership with Southeast Alaska Conservation Council
Supported by Peak Design
Tongass Blueprint Project
We have a new vision for a wood products industry in Southeast Alaska, one that’s sustainable and locally-focused. The old model relies on federal subsidies to clearcut large acreages of old growth trees, many of which are loaded as raw, round logs onto foreign-flagged ships for foreign-markets.
We Eat Fish
Alaska’s 6,640 miles of coastline remain home to some of the cleanest waters and healthiest salmon runs left in the world. These resources, at the heart of our economy, culture, and way of life, are what make Alaska strong. Unfortunately, the regulations protecting them remain very weak — the weakest in the nation, in fact.
These regulations are determined in part by how much fish and seafood a state’s residents eat. Ignoring the lived reality of most Alaskans, the state has set this number outrageously low. If you want to stand up for Alaska’s clean water, safe seafood, and healthy communities, you can start by merely letting our officials know that “We Eat Fish!”
Water Is Life
Providing clean water and healthy habitat for chinook, coho, sockeye, chum, and pink salmon, as well as steelhead trout, ooligan, dungeness crab, and moose, the Stikine River is the heritage, the livelihood, and the future of thousands of Alaskans and British Columbians.
“To try to put a measure on why clean water is so important is hard to do, except that it is what this community is. It is what has allowed us to stay.” — Petersburg resident Karin McCullough
The Stikine is one of the wildest, most salmon-rich rivers on the planet. Several large scale, open-pit mines at the river’s headwaters stand to change the Stikine forever.
Learn more about the Stikine and what you can do to protect it here: www.seacc.org/our-work/stikine-river