Patagonia’s new doco exposes what’s at stake in the battle for America’s public lands, and it’s terrifying.
Part love letter, part political exposé, Public Trust investigates how the fight to protect the US environment plays out in three heated conflicts: a national monument in the Utah desert, a mine in the Boundary Waters and oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. If you’re not already disgusted by the Trump administration’s blatant disregard for the wellbeing of our planet, and the shameless efforts of mining execs to squeeze every ounce of profit from pristine lands—’I’d drill in the cemetery if there was oil,’ one says in the film’s trailer—then you soon will be.
It’s a timely documentary that puts the US public lands issue front and centre before the November election, and a necessary reminder of the greasy powers that be and why we need to fight tooth and nail to preserve our natural lands—whatever you are. Public Trust is directed by David Byars, and produced by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, Robert Redford and Jeremy Rubingh, and you can watch it for free right now, below.