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Why conserving sand matters

"Sand Wars" screens twice this month, on Tuesday at Loaded Joe’s in Avon and on March 17 at the Dusty Boot in Eagle.
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What: “Sand Wars” film, part of the Sustainable Community Film Series.

When/where: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Loaded Joe’s in Avon and again at 6:30 p.m. March 17 at Dusty Boot, Eagle.

Cost: $5 suggested donation.

More information: Visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/films or email info@walkingmountains.org.

AVON — Imagine yourself sitting on the beach for your relaxing spring getaway. Have you ever thought to wonder where the sand between your toes came from or what else could be made from it? The Sustainable Community Film Series — a project of Walking Mountains Science Center — continues this month with two screenings of “Sand Wars.” The first screening takes place at Loaded Joe’s in Avon on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.; the second takes place at The Dusty Boot in Eagle on March 17 at 6:30 p.m.

“Sand Wars” is an investigative documentary by French journalist, writer and award-winning director Denis Delestrac that exposes the consequences of over extraction of one of the planet’s most consumed resources. As a fundamental material used in construction, the demand for sand has increased exponentially in the past two decades.


See for yourself why three-quarters of the world’s beaches are in decline, and on their way to complete disappearance. Sand is a finite resource, often viewed as a free material.

It has managed to silently infiltrate our everyday lives, whether we know it or not. It is required to make glass and computer chips, and is also the source of silicon dioxide, which is found in everything from wine to cleaning products, cosmetics to dehydrated foods, and even paper. In addition to finding silicon dioxide in many common household products, sand is an elementary particle that is the foundation of our modern development — used to construct homes, skyscrapers, bridges, airports and sidewalks, which are all partially comprised of sand.

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Although we live in a mountain community, far removed from the evidence of increased removal of beach sand, this film reminds us to be conscious and respectful of our local watershed, which relies on healthy riparian zones to provide a variety of important ecosystem services. These services include sediment filtering, bank stabilization, water storage and release, and recharging the aquifer, in addition to providing wildlife habitat. While we may not have any sand mafias plundering the banks of the Eagle River yet, “Sand Wars” will transport the audience around the world to witness the newest non-renewable resource on the path of exploitation.

Can we as consumers play a role in shifting the demand for alternative building materials? Delestrac invites the viewer to think about the consequences of the Sand Wars, and opens the conversation regarding ways of living that do not rely so heavily on this resource.

To view the entire line-up of the series, visit http://www.walkingmountains.org/films and for more information about this film, visit www.sand-wars.com.

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