L’eau Est La Vie (WATER IS LIFE)

From Standing Rock To The Swamp

A short film about Indigenous sovereignty in Louisiana, USA.

On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are ready to fight—to stop the corporate blacksnake and preserve their way of life. They are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it.

If our leaders won’t stand up to stop this pipeline and protect our water, then we the people of Louisiana will. We are building the L’eau Est La Vie camp to protect our water and our way of life from the Bayou Bridge pipeline. -L'eau Est La Vie Statement

While 'leaders' of the world convene about the #GlobalWarming climate, a question comes to our mind:

What about the environment? 

Whilst climate change goals are set in the (far) future - based on the assumption that humanity is able to lower the Earth's temperature, and therefore able to positively affect the global climate, by reducing our CO2 footprint - real-life people struggle to protect their habitats across the globe. From oil spills in the USA or Nigeria to deforestation in Africa, Asia, South America, the sea of plastic waste in the Pacific, and countless other environmental topics.

Where do we aim our resources at?

It seems that environmental issues have become a side note to the overarching theme of the global climate, in terms of media attention, political action, and perhaps in the mind of the public and direction of our financial resources.

"From Standing Rock To The Swamp" brings us back to the basics: the environment is our living space, from the privacy of our homes to the public area beyond our doorstep. A complex ecosystem that is made up of countless variables; not just one. It is this oversimplification of the debate whereby mother nature is being reduced to a single parameter, that may well be an unattainable goal, a phantom, that is worrying.

It is the struggle of ordinary people, whose livelihood is adversely affected by pollution caused by corporate greed and (systemic) lack of governmental oversight that is being portrayed in "From Standing Rock To The Swamp", which is both compelling and painful to watch.