By InStyle Staff
Apr 23, 2017 @ 2:30 pm
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Attendees at the Tribeca Film Festival were in for a treat on Saturday when Hillary Rodham Clinton made a surprise appearance. But Clinton wasn’t just a face in the crowd—she was sitting on a panel with Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, to discuss Bigelow’s newest outing.

The film was very topical given the screening took place on Earth Day. Titled "The Protectors: A Walk in the Ranger’s Shoes,” the VR short investigates the topic of illegal elephant hunting in the Congo and the lives of the rangers that protect the massive mammals.

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“Here it is Earth Day and we are marching on behalf of science. 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,” Clinton said to the 250 attendees, referecing the day's March for Science, which took place in cities across the world.

Clinton helped bring awarenesss to this pressing ecological issue—it’s estimated that 30,000 African elephants are killed by poachers each year. The former Secretary of State also tweeted her enthusiasm about the event and Earth Day, writing “A thrill to join team of Kathryn Bigelow’s The Protectors at #Tribeca2017. Let’s protect the earth & all its beauty.”

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Now that’s what we call a proper Earth Day message.

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