Amid a steady drumbeat of criticism over Alberta’s tar sands, one rarely hears the words Canada and environment spoken in Washington in anything other than derisive terms.
But that is changing this week with the release of a new documentary film that shines a global spotlight on innovative Canadian efforts in sustainable logging.
The film, Harmony, premiering Friday at 10 p.m. on NBC, heaps praise upon British Columbia’s groundbreaking Great Bear Rainforest agreements, which are helping to safeguard a Pacific coastal ecosystem the size of Ireland, as the centerpiece in a hope-filled survey of global eco-solutions.
Prince Charles, who narrates the film, was closely involved in the decision to focus on the Canadian forestry breakthrough as an example of unlikely bedfellows working together, Harmony’s producers told the Toronto Star.
“The Canadian story was inspirational because it starts with pretty much open warfare involving people who didn’t even want to be in the same room together and ends with unprecedented collaboration between environmentalists, industry, native groups and governments,” said filmmaker Julie Bergman Sender.