Chilean-funded Documentary Released at Yale University
Ryan Killackey, a Washington, D.C.-based filmmaker who has worked on several film projects for PBS Nature, National Geographic, Passion Planet and Digital 3D has recently filmed a documentary on the Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, a 6,500-square-mile territory in eastern Ecuador where the Amazon basin ascends into the Andes Mountains.
The film can be viewed among other Yale environment 360 videos here.
Ryan documents the findings of the seven scientists who venture along with him to discover the great deal of biodiversity at the forest as well as its surrounds through observation of the species and their inventories. What lay ‘beneath’ the threat to its sustainability are the huge reserves of oil that Yasuni rests upon which are needed to ‘fuel’ the economy.
Viewers are introduced to the UN’s Yasuni-ITT initiative which aims to compensate Ecuador for the untapped oil in every unspoiled part of the bio-sphere.
Back in 2010, shortly after Chile was struck by the earthquakes and was in profuse need of funds itself, it stepped ahead to become the first contributor to the initiative, providing $100,000 to the trust fund. Other nations across the world followed suit. The example set by Chile and the 13-minute breathtaking video by Ryan, both aim to encourage further international initiatives and thus foster unity in ‘bio-diversity’!