Documentary on Reforesting the planet to save it a finalist at Banff

David Milarch - Bill Werner at  at Sequoia Crest CA, photo by Bill Latka Rivet Entertainment, owned by Archangel

Champion tree at Sequoia Crest, California, photo-by Bill Latka Rivet Entertainment, owned by Archangel

You may remember the name David Milarch. He’s the founder of Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, the organization that gathers genetic material from “champion trees” to create exact clones that will preserve these very special trees and help reforest our planet. David and Archangel have been written about and filmed by a number of entities around the world for the important work they’re doing.

One of those films, “Moving the Giants: an urgent plan to save the planet”, was finalist at this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival, one of the largest and most prestigious mountain film festivals in the world. The film documents Milarch’s journey to successfully clone many of the world’s oldest trees, including iconic giant North American sequoias and redwoods.

A growing forest of cloned redwood trees, photo by Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

A growing forest of cloned redwood trees, photo by Archangel Ancient Tree Archive

The latest word is that this film has now been accepted to be presented at the Sundance Film Festival as well. It’s currently available for rent and perhaps, if we’re lucky, it will find its way to theaters and/or home screens in the not too distant future.

 

One of California's giant coastal redwoods that's been cloned to save its genetic diversity, photo by Debra Atlas

One of California’s giant coastal redwoods that’s been cloned to save its genetic diversity, photo by Debra Atlas

One thing to remember is the film’s message. Trees are a major factor in the health of this planet. Restoring our world’s forests – whether by planting a tree yourself or supporting a tree planting initiative (of where there are many) – is a vital factor in how well we move into our future.

David Milarch - Archangel logo

So view the trailer. Rent the video (all proceeds support Archangel Tree Archive’s tree planting efforts around the world). Plant a tree or two yourself. These are things we all can do – our own “one small step for man” that will help the planet.

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