Conservation Conversations is a new short film using archive footage from the Yorkshire and North East Film Archives. The subjects in these films capture and reveal the shifting concerns over the decades about issues which radically impact on our environment: changes to the landscape and natural habitat, urban development, the nuclear threat – conflict and energy – waterways, waste management, the campaigns people believed in passionately, alongside recent footage of alternative quests to build more sustainable lifestyles.

The environment is one of the major issues of our time and is a subject that provokes debate and action across all generations. Our job at the Archive is to protect, preserve, and create access to how these issues have been documented over time – and collect and conserve contemporary footage to continue to build a collection that reflects a range of perspectives of people today.

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