Hillary Clinton celebrated Earth Day with a surprise visit to the Tribeca Film Festival, where she sat on a panel discussing Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s VR short on elephant poaching, The Protectors: A Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes.
“Here it is Earth Day and we are marching on behalf of science,” Clinton said to the crowd. “And part of science is understanding the intricate relationships that we share with all those on this planet and in particular large mammals, like elephants.”
The Protectors, filmed in the Congo, provided a glimpse into the lives of rangers in Garamba National Park who work to protect elephants, calling to help African Parks and to end the Ivory War, as 30,000 African elephants die each year at the hands of poachers.
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Shot in VR, 250 audience members experienced the film on Saturday at the film festival.
Clinton said she became engaged in what Bigelow called an “intersection between poaching and terrorism” during her time as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama.
“I’m very proud that under President Obama, the United States passed a near federal ban on the transportation and interstate trafficking of ivory in our own country,” she said, adding, “We [the Obama administration had three overriding goals – stop the killing, stop the trafficking and stop the demand…and part of that is protecting these rangers.”