Filmmaking for Ecological Sustainability

By Birut Zemits.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Article: Electronic $US5.00

Seeking a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren’s environment is a passion for many throughout the world. We aim to find ways to work with community to define and solve problems such as ecosystem loss and pollution. Producing and sharing audio-visual information advocating for local environmental action is a highly participatory exercise. By participating in the script-writing and creative aspects of video production, individuals take on the role of the image maker, the definer of reality using models of documentary, advertising or journalistic genres.

This paper supports the idea that environmental issues can be defined to a local and broader audience through audio-visual information. Perspectives about filmmaking for sustainability are defined through sections titled Purpose, Participation and Publication. This writer suggests that the process of participation in filmmaking with a main purpose of promoting sustainable practices can be rewarding on a number of levels especially with the capacity to publish through the internet.

Keywords: Filmmaking, Environmental Sustainability, Participation

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.109-114. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 488.607KB).

Dr. Birut Zemits

Lecturer, Centre for Access and ESL/Northern Territory Branch, Charles Darwin University, Australian Association for Environmental Education, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Birut Zemits is a lecturer in English language, sociolinguistics and Ethnographic Film. She is currently completing a study titled "Ethno-Eco-Dialogue" where she explores the role that filmmaking and modern media can take in developing awareness about sustainability issues, particularly biodiversity, across cultures and languages. She has worked as a high school teacher and is the delegate for the Australian Association for Environmental Education.


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