Documentary Chronicles Coastal Environmentalism

Thirty-eight years after the oil spill that catalyzed the Santa Barbara environmental movement, the county’s ocean waters are still a hotly contested resource. Sand, Sun, Oil & Gas, a new documentary from the Ventura-based environmental activist organization Earth Alert!, details the history of oil production off the Santa Barbara coast.

The documentary will debut at a free screening at the Santa Barbara on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. A discussion of coastal protection will follow.

Janet Bridgers, an Earth Alert! representative who wrote and edited the 28-minute documentary, applauded the activism of those living near the channel. “This documentary shows the tenacity the citizens of this beautiful stretch of coast have repeatedly displayed to minimize coastal industrialization and protect marine life, fishing and tourism,” Bridger said in a press release. “Their efforts are epic.”

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