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Overseas with David Conover: Conservation in New Zealand

Posted on 9/19/2017 12:00:00 AM in What We’re Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

In this second film produced during my family’s trip to New Zealand, we meet some remarkable conservationists. Gerry McSweeney led an effort to designate the south west coast of the South Island as a world heritage area—a vast swath of land that equals 10% of New Zealand’s land in total! We also meet dairy farmer Renee Rooney, who has worked to establish farming practices that keep watersheds clean. Graeme Kates is a conservationist dedicated to saving the endangered alpine parrot called the kea. My family is struck and provoked by the observations and insight of these passionate conservationists. Daughter Emma asks: Why protect the kea, and not the possum? To what degree are we approaching biodiversity from an altruistic perspective, where we protect each species for their own sake? Or approaching biodiversity from an aesthetic aesthetic, in which the kea might be more distinctively pleasing than a possum? The beauty of travel is that it stirs more discoveries—and more real questions—in which much is at stake.

Produced by Compass Light Productions

About David Conover:

David Conover is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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