Canadian artist and naturalist Robert Bateman talks about Canada's Great Bear Rainforest. The rainforest, on British Columbia's central and north coast, is a 6.4 million hectare area of mountains, fjords, islands and great river valleys that is largely intact. Bateman talks about how special it is to be in such a place, and how we need to protect it.
The footage is largely from a film, Reflections, made by Strongheart Productions and Raincoast Conservation Foundation. The original film is about an expedition of 50 artists to the Great Bear Rainforest in 2012 to publicize the area and what is threatened by a company's proposal to thread oil supertankers through the wildlife-rich reefs, islands and fjords. The interviews of Robert Bateman are excerpted with permission. Maple Leaf Adventures donated trips for the original expedition. Videographers whose footage appears in this short film include Ben Fox, Cameron Dennison and Kevin J. Smith.
To learn about the Maple Leaf trip in the Great Bear Rainforest with Robert Bateman, visit MapleLeafAdventures.com/CanGeo
To view the Reflections movie (23 min), visit vimeo.com/53710624