Redefining Patriotism and Environmental Justice in Costa Rica

July 17, 2020

Randall Tolpinrud describes an extraordinary experience during a trip to Costa Rica to film a documentary series with the BBC in 1998. At a celebration to commemorate the passing of the Biodiversity Act, which protects and promotes the environment and endangered species within the country, a spontaneous outpouring of national pride caused him to reconsider the very idea of patriotism.

Curator’s note: For a closer look at the ways in which Tolpinrud and the Pax Natura Foundation have supported conservation efforts in Costa Rica, see this documentary footage.