Join for this special program including post-film conversation with the producers
Join for this special program, presented in partnership with the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society, that includes post-film conversation with the film’s producers.
For more than a century, giants in North American manufacturing and preservationists battled over a 47-mile stretch of sandy shore along Lake Michigan that contains one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet—the Indiana Dunes region. While the factories and steel mills provided jobs and contributed to the community’s economic growth, they also wiped out a tremendous amount of rare habitat, and polluted the waterways.
In Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability, we look at the decades-long effort that led to the creation of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore amid the presence of heavy industry along Lake Michigan.
The film also highlights the collaborative effort to clean up and restore the region. The clash over the Indiana Dunes—considered to be the birthplace of ecological science in North America—would lead to the creation of public policy with a worldwide impact, and it would give the United States one of its first urban National Parks.
Today, that decades-old battle has transformed into a new model of cooperation, where industrialists and environmentalists, once bitter adversaries, are now working together to steer this community toward sustainability.