The Good Fight chronicles the extraordinary efforts of one of the
leading conservationists of modern times, who continued his activism
into his 90’s.
Martin Litton, known as the "Grand Old Man of the
Canyon," is revered as the man who saved the Grand Canyon by preventing
dams from being built on the Colorado River that would have flooded the
In his 90's, his passion was saving the last of the giant sequoias.
was a close friend and cohort of famed environmentalists David Brower
and Edward Abbey, as well as other major figures in the conservation
movement. Brower first recruited Litton in 1952 for a successful
campaign to oppose the construction of dams in Dinosaur National
This campaign started a long association with the
Sierra Club and lifelong opposition to dam-building on the Colorado,
including the fight to stop the dams proposed for Grand Canyon National
Park. Litton, honored with the Sierra Club’s John Muir Award, was also
instrumental in establishing Redwood National Park.
An avid river
runner all his life, Martin Litton was never daunted by the ferocious
whitewater of the Grand Canyon nor fighting government bureaucracy on
behalf of the environment: “People always tell me not to be extreme.
‘Be reasonable!’ they say. But I never felt it did any good to be
reasonable about anything in conservation, because what you give away
will never come back—ever.”
Reviews and FestivalsBroadcast on PBS 'Natural Heroes' series
WINNER, Best River & Water Conservation Film,
Mountain Film in Telluride
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival. New Zealand