A question of clean water

I try to keep my personal and professional life somewhat distinct, though the work I’ve been doing for the past 18 months has made such attempts feel a little silly at times, as the lines between my passions have blurred. Now, a project that has been consuming me, my colleagues and my organization since June is finally coming to fruition and I think some of my faithful readers here might be interested.

We have made a short film about the threats that new proposals for sulfide mines (copper, nickel and other metals that exist in sulfide ores) pose to the lakes and rivers of northeastern Minnesota, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

It has been a great treat to work with John Whitehead, an award-winning filmmaker with a real passion for conservation issues. He really dove into the issue, educated himself and made a powerful film. The message comes through with striking clarity that this is an important issue for all Minnesotans.

Without further ado, watch a trailer for “Precious Waters:”

You can come on out and see the whole thing at our premiere event this coming Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in St. Paul:

7 – 9 p.m. — Wednesday, November 11
FREE and open to the public!
John B. Davis Lecture Hall, Ruth Stricker Dayton Campus Center
Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave, St. Paul (map)

I’ll be there (say ‘hi’ if you come!) and we’ll also have a panel discussion featuring several individuals featured in the film. I’m really excited about that part.

2 thoughts on “A question of clean water

  1. Dave

    Hey Bum! Have not been to your site in quite a while. Watched the flick and feel grateful for the important work your doing. My son is currently finishing his paper on the waters of the Mekong Basin. I want him to see this film.

    Also like yr haibun, I have been doing that form since Dianne DiPrima showed it to me on a mountain above Santa Cruz.



  2. Greg Post author

    Hi Dave – thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment! I’m glad you enjoyed the film trailer… if you want to watch the whole thing (it’s about 25 minutes), you can do so here:


    Glad you enjoyed the haibun, it really is a wonderful form and the process of writing a haibun piece every day for a month like that was transformative for me. I love the emphasis on the simplicity of language, the Zen thought, the seasonal observations, and the descriptions of journeys… all themes that I enjoy working with, and the haibun form just feels so right, and also seems to offer endless opportunity for exploration.

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Cheers, Greg.

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