In 2008 Alice and Lincoln Day established the Fund for Sustainable Tomorrows as a 501©3 to launch and maintain an engagement campaign in support of their film, Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives. Professors at Columbia, the Days teamed up to produce a 5-minute trailer, and later with film students at American University, a feature-length documentary.
The film is a compelling exploration of the under-reported environmental impacts of and preparations for war. It confronts the immensely broad ecological and human ramifications of everything from technological development and natural resource exhaustion to weapons testing and modern warfare itself.
Today, over 12 years since the Fund’s founding, the film’s messages continue to be evergreen. By creating short media formats for social channels with our Fund’s team, Alice and Lincoln continue to partner with new groups to inspire action around this important issue.
The documentary weaves together eyewitness accounts, interviews, archival footage, and news video from wars past and present. The images portray a story rarely considered in the heat of battle: how war pollutes the air, water and land, destroys biodiversity and drains natural resources.
A powerful and haunting account of war's silent casualty -- the environment. Catalogs the array of damage from bombs, chemicals, guns and unexploded ordnance.
The extensive research and skillful presentation by sociologists Alice and Lincoln Day make the film a surprisingly moving experience. Interviews of scientists, war veterans and others are carefully interspersed with footage that makes vivid the long-term damage to the planet that has resulted from military conflicts and activities.
Recommended. The explanations of the experts and witnesses convincingly demonstrate that the cost of war extends far beyond the actual fighting. Preparation for war and the aftermath of war add to the destruction of ‘natural security’.
Highly recommended. A powerful documentary on the ecological consequences of warfare…which traces how military forces have intentionally destroyed ecosystems as a means to win battles.