Special Screening! SAND WARS - An Investigative Documentary Film: Sand Mining and Coastal Erosion in Southern Monterey Bay - Presented in Monterey, CA

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Sand Wars - the award winning investigative documentary film by Denis Delestrac, about global sand mining will be presented at Middlebury Institute of Int'l Studies, followed by a panel discussion of local experts

A special screening of Sand Wars, An Investigative Documentary film by Denis Delestrac will be presented on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at Middlebury Institute of International Studies. The film will precede a panel discussion of local experts discussing: Sand Mining and Coastal Erosion in Southern Monterey Bay.

An award winning film, Sand Wars has been screened to audiences around the world. It demonstrates the growing global demand for sand, specifically the grade of sand being extracted from the shores of Monterey Bay for rising construction demands.

Sand is a limited resource, yet has become one of the most sought after natural resources around the world. The film illustrates how 3,500 companies import $70 billion of construction-grade sand to the Middle East in order to build cities such as Dubai; how Singapore is expanding its shoreline by illegally dredging sand from neighbor island states; and how 25 Indonesian islands have simply disappeared due to sand extraction-related erosion.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to screen the film to provide a global perspective on the issue of sand mining, and then discuss the local and regional issues here in the Monterey Bay area with our distinguished panel,” said Moderator Bob Battalio, Vice–President of the Northern California Shore and Beach Preservation Association. The panel consists of Dr. Gary Griggs, UCSC, Dr. Jason Scorse, MIIS, and Dr. Ed Thornton, NPS retired.

The special screening is presented in partnership by the following organizations: The San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival, the Northern California Shore and Beach Preservation Association, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and Surfrider Foundation Monterey Chapter.

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