The smell of napalm in the morning: war’s enviromental impact

Anyone who reads the newspaper is well-acquainted with the human toll of war, in terms of soldiers’ lives lost and civilian casualties. Harder to see is the hidden environmental impact of war. With Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives, filmmakers Alice Day and Lincoln Day demonstrate in a dramatic way why it’s easier to make war than clean up it’s devastating impact.

Through archival footage and eyewitness interviews, viewers will see:
•    How war’s byproducts, including radioactive contamination, oil spills, decimated forests and crops threaten the global ecosystem.
•    How conflicts ranging from high-tech bombings in Iraq to low-tech confrontations in Bosnia and the Sudan differ in their environmental impact.
•    How inadequate disposal of the weapons of war is an increasingly alarming problem.

“If we cannot eliminate war, we can at least require a fuller accounting of war’s costs and consequences,” say the filmmakers, “and demand that destructive forces used in our name leave a lighter footprint on this highly vulnerable planet.”

After the screening, join filmmakers Alice Day and Lincoln Day, plus Dr. Jeanne Mager Stellman, an environmental researcher with considerable expertise in Agent Orange and other military herbicides, for a panel discussion about issues raised by the film.

Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives is presented as a part of the Green Screens program, which presents environmental issues through the lens of a diverse group of filmmakers. Presented regularly throughout the year, each Green Screens presentation involves a panel discussion on issues of the utmost environmental concern with local experts. Past programs have tackled issues like global water issues, garbage disposal and alternative fuels. For more information, visit the Green Screens page at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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