#HotDocs22 @hotdocs: Pleistocene Park (April 29, 2022)

A Russian scientist on the border between genius and madman, a vanished ice-age ecosystem, a climatic time-bomb and a crazy plan to save the world. Pleistocene Park is a major initiative that includes an attempt to restore the mammoth steppe ecosystem, which was dominant in the Arctic in the late Pleistocene. The initiative requires replacement of the current unproductive northern ecosystems by highly productive pastures which have both a high animal density and a high rate of biocycling. Moreover grazing ecosystems in the Arctic promote climate cooling through series of ecological effects. Experiments with animal reintroductions were begun in 1988. Currently, Pleistocene Park consists of an enclosed area of 20 square kilometers that is home to 10 major herbivore species: reindeer, yakutian horse, moose, bison, musk ox, yak, kalmykian cow, sheep, camels and goats.

Review: Pleistocene Park will remind you of what it means to envision a world that is restorative, ambitious and rooted in love and care.Within the heaviness of our world,Pleistocene Park will make you smile, giggle and consider what you need to do to combat climate change. Energetic. Inspiring.

Thirty Four Flavours Rating: 4/5

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