27 September 2010 Must-see environmental film: “The Fence” Posted by: James Navarro | 4 comments | Share: A new documentary now airing on HBO is aiming the spotlight on the harmful impacts of the border wall, some 670 miles of hodgepodge fencing and vehicle barriers that divide the United States from Mexico. The Fence, directed by Rory Kennedy (the 11th child of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy), offers a sharp criticism of U.S. immigration policy and the controversial $3 billion structure, which has inflicted untold damage to the environment, wildlife migration and local communities, while doing little to stem immigration. Don’t have HBO? Check out this short slide show by our friends at the International League of Conservation Photographers, which paints a sober picture of the lands, wildlife, cultures and people affected by the wall. For show times and an interview with director Rory Kennedy, visit The Fence’s official website: www.hbo.com/documentaries/the-fence/index.html#. Learn more about Defenders’ work to protect fragile borderlands and wildlife. 4 Responses to “Must-see environmental film: “The Fence”” Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?