Director Sarah Koenigsberg was interviewed by the good folks at Grand Canyon Trust about her work behind the scenes filming The Beaver Believers, as well about a side-project, educational short she produced for them, called "Beaver: Back to the Future." Check out the interview here and watch their "Back to the Future" short here.
Public Radio International wrote a follow-up story to our Living on Earth interview, in which they described beaver as "little climate change fighting machines." We like that metaphor! Check out the article here.
"Like beavers themselves, the human subjects of Koenigsberg's documentary, The Beaver Believers, are climate change activists.
“They're almost seeing climate change as an opportunity to act, to get involved, to fix problems we've actually had in our watersheds for several decades now. That just struck me as exactly the kind of inspiring climate change story that we really need to be telling,” says Koenigsberg, a Washington-based filmmaker.
Director Sarah Koenigsberg was interviewed on Public Radio International's show Living on Earth. Listen to the episode, "How Beavers Help Save Water" here.
HOST STEVE CURWOOD: Why did you decide to make this film?
KOENIGSBERG: Well, in my own work I've been looking for new climate change narratives, ways that we can relate to it and actually feel like we are accomplishing something. Most of the climate change narratives that we hear about are very apocalyptic. You have these huge doom and gloom stories, and it seems like there's very little we can do as individuals. So what struck me with all of these beaver believers is that they are working on the problem of water, which is one of the biggest problems of climate change, but is very tangible. They're working at the level of their own watershed. And while they do work very hard, they're finding great joy and satisfaction in this work. So they're almost seeing climate change as an opportunity to act, to get involved, to fix problems we've actually had in our watersheds for several decades now. That just struck me is exactly the kind of inspiring climate change story that we really need to be telling.
Director Sarah Koenigsberg was interviewed on Defender Radio, the podcast of The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals. Check out the article and podcast here.
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“Our film is about beavers, but it’s also about the most fundamental thing we need in life, which is water. And the biggest challenge we’ve ever faced as a human species is climate change. If you think like a beaver, you’re taking care of yourself,” explained Koenigsberg, “but in that very act of taking care of yourself, you’re also trying to make the world better for everything around you; you’re being a positive presence in your community, you’re giving back and you’re helping other people and species out at the same time… it’s knowing that you matter in your little system.”