GARY, IN – From Boston to Dallas to Los Angeles, 82 public television stations nationwide will air “Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability” beginning on Sunday, August 14. The 60-minute documentary explores how the Indiana Dunes region, through its influential environmental battles, offers a blueprint towards a more sustainable future. It intricately weaves a narrative showcasing the Indiana Dunes as a catalyst of American conservation, industrialization, and environmental policy.

Paul Labovitz, superintendent for the National Park Service’s Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, said “‘Shifting Sands’ captures the wonder of the Indiana Dunes, which is one of the most ecologically diverse places on our continent uniquely nestled in the heart of a busy, dense and industrial landscape—and  this natural treasure thrives.”

The August nation-wide debut of “Shifting Sands: On the Path to Sustainability” marks 100 years since the National Park Service first proposed a national park in an urban setting—a proposal to safeguard against the disappearance of one of America’s most studied landscapes.

The film honors the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the 50th anniversary of the Congressional authorization of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The State of Indiana has also designated the film as a Bicentennial Project.

“We are excited and gratified that ‘Shifting Sands’ is getting so much attention across the country,” said Lee Botts, the film’s executive producer and long-time environmentalist. “The story of conserving the Indiana Dunes captures the importance of ecology, the environment, and of consensus building among opposing stakeholders. It’s a story relatable to many pockets of the country.”

The film is distributed by American Public Television (APT) and presented by Lakeshore Public Television (WYIN) in Northwest Indiana.

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