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Cleaning Up America, One River At a Time

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Newsmaker

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

By Bill Newcott, May & June 2008 issue of AARP Magazine

He’s cleaning up America, one river at a time

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s obsession with rivers has its headwaters in the mid-1960s, when he and his famous dad paddled along the towering walls of the Grand Canyon. Now 54 and chief prosecuting attorney for the Riverkeeper environmental alliance, he goes after river polluters nationwide with a vengeance…and returns to the Colorado River in the new IMAX movie Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk.

Q: Why is the Grand Canyon at risk? “Forty-five years ago, when my dad and I went down in some military-surplus pontoon rafts, we were told that we were within the first couple of hundred people who had ever been down the Grand Canyon. Before the Glen Canyon Dam was built upstream from the canyon in the 1960s, you still had these big sandbars, and we camped on them. There were eight native fish that had a healthy population; four of those are now extinct, and the others are on their way to extinction. There were colonies of mammals—beavers, muskrats, otters—that have disappeared.”

Q: What happened? “The thing that’s destroying the Grand Canyon is not the visitors. It’s the friggin’ dams. The Glen Canyon Dam at the Glen Canyon reservoir took what was a warm river and turned the Grand Canyon into a big plumbing conduit, a cold-water canal between reservoirs.”

Q: Don’t we need the dams to protect against water shortages? “There’s enough water for everybody, but it’s being allocated to benefit a few utilities and developers, building golf courses and growing rice in the desert.”

Q: Are our environmental laws too lax? “We have very good environmental laws in this country. If we enforced them, we probably wouldn’t have environmental problems.”

Q: Where did you get the inspiration to become an environmentalist? “My father was an environmentalist, and so was my uncle—President Kennedy. He tried to launch the first Earth Day in 1962, but people wanted to focus on nuclear disarmament and other issues.”

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Q: Are tourists “loving” our national parks to death? “Human beings are a part of nature. I spent time in the rain forests of Hawaii, and I have to say I was a little bit bored because there are no people in them. The rain forest I want to be in is the one that has human beings in it, so you can see human beings interacting with nature. I love to camp on an island in the Hudson and see the same blue silhouette of the Catskills that Henry Hudson saw when he came up in the Half Moon in 1609. I see the boatmen, the water-skiers, the big freighters. And I think, ‘You know, the Hudson is big enough for everybody.’ ”

Q: What can people do? “Get involved in the political process, and get rid of all these rotten politicians who are indentured servants to the big polluters. And I’m talking about Democrats and Republicans alike!”

 

Copyright 2008, AARP Magazine.

 

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RFK Jr. IMAX Film Opens At SXSW Festival

NEW RFK JR. FILM, “GRAND CANYON ADVENTURE” OPENS AT AUSTIN’S SXSW FESTIVAL

Grand Canyon Adventure 3D: River at Risk

Opens March 14 at Austin’s only IMAX Theatre, located inside the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Call (512) 936-4649 to reserve your tickets.
Click HERE for IMAX Theatre showtimes.

There is no late seating in the IMAX® Theatre.  Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled show time.

Grand Canyon Adventure 3D poster.Set against the immense backdrop of a natural treasure, Grand Canyon Adventure 3D: River at Risk will take audiences on an exhilarating adventure down the Colorado River in the company of a team of explorers who are committed to bringing awareness to global water issues.

One of the world’s mightiest rivers, the Colorado, no longer reaches the sea. Every drop of river water is allocated to agriculture and populations along the way, many of whom don’t even realize their connection to the river.

Join the free family-friendly opening celebration on Saturday, March 15 from 1-4 pm, sponsored by 3M. You can see a large scale “erosion station,” build your own water cycle generator, learn about water conservation from folks at the Texas Water Development Board, and even hop in a boat for a great photo op!

Narrated by Robert Redford, the river journey is a compelling and emotional personal story for the film’s main characters, two fathers and their 18-year old daughters who soon will be leaving home to make their own way.

The cinematic guides include the renowned Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a leading advocate for water conservation and river restoration, and his daughter Kick.

They are joined by Wade Davis, an ethno-botanist and author who has traveled the world studying other cultures, and his daughter Tara. Shana Watahomigie, who grew up at the Canyon’s edge with her Havasupai family, is their Grand Canyon guide.

As the expedition journeys down river, audiences will learn about the challenges and opportunities that exist for conserving and restoring watersheds. A MacGillivray Freeman Film that combines science and adventure with some of giant screen cinema’s most compelling imagery and locations, Grand Canyon Adventure 3D delivers a message of hope and inspiration.

Image from Grand Canyon Adventure 3D.This is MacGillivray Freeman’s first-ever 3D film for IMAX Theaters and will provide audiences with a unique experience. “A river trip is one of those amazing life events where you’re ripped out of your daily routine and inspired to see the world in new ways. With IMAX 3D images, we’re able to put the audience even more into the action and let them participate in every twist and turn,” says the film’s two-time Academy Award-nominated producer/director Greg MacGillivray.

A stirring score featuring songs and music from the Grammy Award-winning Dave Matthews Band sets the mood for this adventure that explores the spiritual, artistic and life-sustaining powers of water—and makes crystal clear that each of us must do our part to better manage this crucial resource for the future.

Image from Grand Canyon Adventure 3D.Grand Canyon Adventure 3D: River at Risk is produced by MacGillivray Freeman Films and MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation in association with Waterkeeper Alliance and Museum Film Network, presented by Teva and supported by Kohler Co. The film is directed by Greg MacGillivray, produced by Greg MacGillivray, Mark Krenzien, and Shaun MacGillivray, and written by Jack Stephens and Stephen Judson. The score is co-composed by Dave Matthews Band’s Stefan Lessard and Steve Wood.

Check out the official website at www.grandcanyonadventurefilm.com

Grand Canyon Adventure 3D opens at the IMAX Theatre of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum March 14, 2008. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors/military/students (with college ID) and $5 for youths age 18 and under.

The IMAX Theatre is located in the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum at 1800 N. Congress Avenue at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

 

Article and photos from TheStoryofTexas.com

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RFK Jr.’s New IMAX Film in Theatres Next Month

It has been predicted that water conservation will be the top environmental topic for 2008, and just as Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth pushed climate change up the agenda, the new movie Grand Canyon Adventure could do the same for water.

The movie, which will premiere on March 14, 2008 in anticipation of World Water Day (March 22, 2008) in 3D IMAX theatres, follows environmental heroes Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Wade Davis, along with their daughters, as they journey down the Colorado River to raise awareness about the world’s growing shortage of fresh water.

“In our film, the Colorado River becomes a metaphor for global water issues, revealing how interconnected our rivers, water supply and human actions really are,” says the film’s two-time Academy Award-nominated producer/director Greg MacGillivray.

He adds, “A river trip is one of those amazing life events where you’re ripped out of your daily routine and inspired to see the world in new ways. With IMAX 3D images, we’re able to put the audience even more into the action and let them participate in every twist and turn.”

Rather than the fact filled, wordy style of An Inconvenient Truth, however, Grand Canyon Adventure focuses on the adventure side of things. The giant-screen film uses the whitewater rafting action and grandeur of the Grand Canyon to tell an engaging story of how ordinary people can make a difference for our parched planet – one that is running out of clean, fresh water so fast the U.N. estimates that 40% of the world could face life-threatening shortages by the year 2050.

“Safe fresh water is a human right like clean air, yet more than one-fifth of the world’s people suffer without adequate clean water,” says Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who recalls going down the Colorado just a few decades ago with his own father and seeing wide, sandy banks and animals that have since vanished.

“My hope is that Grand Canyon Adventure: River at Risk will remind the world that restoring our waterways and conserving fresh water are important, not just in developing nations but here at home.” Kennedy says. “The quality and survival of our civilization will depend on it.”

Story by Ianto Everett, About My Planet.com.

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