A human being is part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited
in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest - a
kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to
our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves
from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole [of]
nature in its beauty.
~ Albert Einstein, 1950
Be sure to check with your local libraries, community colleges and universities for available
and local films. Many other social and environmental justice organizations will also have multimedia options available
as well. Click here to see an alphabetical listing by title.
The "hard energy path" defined by physicist Amory Lovins is marked by fossil fuel
production. The legacy of this hard path for Native Americans includes coal and uranium
mines on reservation lands, air pollution, depletion of ground water, and forced relocation
of entire villages. Indian Tribes are now fighting back by turning to the soft path--energy
production by renewable means. As they build solar utilities on Navajo land, erect large
turbines on wind-blown Lakota reservations, harvest agro-fuels and overcome dinosaur-age
power interests along the way - Power Paths reveals the compelling inside stories and
experiences of Native Americans who struggle to develop new energy systems that honor
their ancient tradition of reverence for the natural world. Around the West, the soft
path-of decentralized energy production by renewable means- is now being pursued by these
Native Americans with support from a host of urban planners and global environmental groups
to university researchers and local community foundations. Ultimately, Power Paths reveals
how the fate of our air, water, and wild places are linked to decisions our nation makes
about our future energy paths.. while Native cultures and the sustainability of our society
itself are caught in the balance.
In Appalachia, miners and residents are locked in conflict: is mining and processing
coal essential to providing good jobs, or is it destroying the land, water and air? What
does this mean for the rest of America and the world? Passions are running high in the
mountains of Appalachia. Families and communities are deeply split over what is being
done to their land. At issue is the latest form of strip mining called ‘mountaintop
removal’, or MTR. Coal companies blast the tops off mountains, and run the debris into
valleys and streams. Then they mine the exposed seams of coal and transport it to
processing plants. Coal is mined more cheaply than ever, and America needs coal. But
the air and water are filled with chemicals, and an ancient mountain range is disappearing
||Change of Course
A video which deals with the pros, cons and myths of the Cape Wind Project, of around 130
windmills, being proposed for the Nantucket Shoals, Massachusetts. Film covers several public
hearings on the Project. The hearings cover economic, environmental and visible concerns.
Sections of the film show the Danish Horns Rev Wind Farm of 80 windmills to give positive and
neutral replies to those objecting to the Cape Wind Project; these being portions of the Prevailing
Winds in Denmark film. Film closes with a remark by Pulitzer Prize Winning author Ross Gelbspan:
Cape Wind could be a flagship project of what we can do in America. Released February 16, 2005
and 19 minutes long. Available in either VHS or DVD for $10 plus a donation. Produced by Clean
Power Now, of Hyannis, MA on Cape Cod.
||Crude Awakening: The Oli Crash
Produced and directed by award-winning European journalists and filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray
McCormack, tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course
with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visits with the world’s top
experts and comes to a startling, but logical conclusion – our industrial society, built on cheap and
readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled. The idea that the world’s oil
supplies have peaked, or will soon, is gaining mainstream currency. The film includes in-depth,
thought-provoking interviews with Colin Campbell, Matt Simmons, Roscoe Bartlett, David Goodstein,
Matt Savinar, Terry Lynn Karl, Fadhil Chalabi, Robert Ebel and many others. Shot on location at oil
fields in Azerbaijan, Venezuela, the Middle East and Texas, with original music by Daniel Schnyder and
Philip Glass, the film provides not only questions, but possible solutions to the most perplexing and
important economic, environmental and public policy issue of our time.
||Escape from Suburbia
In ESCAPE From SUBURBIA director Greg Greene once again takes us “through the looking glass" on a
journey of discovery – a sobering yet vital and ultimately positive exploration of what the second half
of the Oil Age has in store for us. Through personal stories and interviews we examine how declining
world oil production has already begun to affect modern life in North America. Expert scientific opinion
is balanced with “on the street" portraits from an emerging global movement of citizen’s groups who are
confronting the challenges of Peak Oil in extraordinary ways.
End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and The Collapse of The American Dream
Solar Living Institute.
This film has had a number of top reviews, many saying it is the best film of the year in 2004, and unfortunately
not well known. Directed by Toronto filmmaker Gregory Greene. With a minimum of lefty hysterics, the documentary
explains how America is about to go Mad Max on us. The simple truth is we are literally running out of gasoline.
When that happens life in the suburbs could become ominously quiet as the American suburban way of life ceases with
no fuel to drive our hungry cars as hydrogen and ethanol will not be able to keep up with the power demands of the
world’s ever-increasing population. 78 minutes. Since World War II North Americans have invested much of their
newfound wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility.
As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years, so, too the suburban way of life has
become embedded in the American consciousness. But as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are beginning
to emerge about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia
explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil
fuels begins to outstrip supply. World Oil Peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us now, some scientists
and policy makers argue in this documentary. The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are enormous.
Dir. Gregory Greene & Barrie Zwicker. DVD. Electric Wallpaper Co, 2004. This documentary explores the premise that
American suburbs, built on the easy availability of fossil fuels, may become untenable. HT352.U6E54 2004
An excellent PBS 2005 Scientific American Frontiers film shows how hydrogen can be created for cars and may become
a reality and one of the ways to reduce use of fossil fuels. It also shows solar photovoltaic cells (and their manufacturing)
that can be used as roof shingles to generate electricity to make hydrogen or power buildings. Approximately 30 minutes.
Teenagers and up. Approx. $20 PBS Item #SAMF6606. Good technically w/surround sound. Will hydrogen ever become the
oil-replacement fuel that many in industry and government are betting on? Can hydrogen help avert a global warming
crisis? How can we create hydrogen from renewable sources like the sun - and how do we store it safely once we’ve got it? -
Alan Alda meets with hydrogen enthusiasts working toward a future when hydrogen can be made in unlimited quantities from
renewable, non-polluting resources.
A plan to re-energize America, by Jeff Barrie. This excellent film opens with Vice President Dick Cheney's
energy policy speech in which Cheney makes the claim that America needs nearly 1900 new power plants in the next 20
years to meet projected electricity demands. From here, film maker Jeff Barrie takes viewers on a journey from the
coal mines of West Virginia to the solar panel fields of Florida, as he discovers solutions to America's energy
related problems. Along the way, Jeff and his wife Heather share a plan to eliminate their use of coal and nuclear
power at home by employing energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Through their learning
experience, viewers discover how they can save hundreds of dollars annually on energy bills, and use a portion of the
savings to purchase renewable energy. You will also see the horrors of removing whole mountain tops to obtain coal
from open pit mining and the resulting serious pollution. There are two versions of the film available on the same
DVD: a 38 minute version and a 64 minute version.
||Power of Community How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
Community Service Inc. When Cuba lost access to Soviet oil in the early 1900s, the country faced
an immediate crisis -- feeding the population -- and an ongoing challenge: how to create a new low-energy
society. HC152.5.Z65P6 2006 2 hours, 7 minutes. Focuses on responses to the depletion of fossil fuels,
including discussion of sustainable agriculture as an alternative to the fossil fuel intense methods of
||Prevailing Winds in Denmark
A video of trip to Blavand, Denmark by Cape Cod residents to see a wind farm off the west coast there
and help them evaluate the Cape Wind Project, of around 130 windmills, being proposed for the Nantucket Shoals,
Massachusetts. The Horns Rev Wind Farm in Blavand, Denmark has around 80 windmills that are around the same
distance from shore as they would be for the Cape Wind Project, and near towns that are similar socioeconomically
and also have much tourism. Filmed in 2004 and 27 minutes long. Available in either VHS or DVD for $10 plus
a donation. Produced by Clean Power Now, of Hyannis, MA on Cape Cod.
||Revolution Green: The True Story of Biodiesel in America
Revolution Green is a new documentary about biodiesel and the potential of biodiesel to change
America's dependence on crude oil. The film documents the lives of Bob and Kelly King, who pioneered
a waste to energy proess that created America's first retail biodiesel pump and refinery on the island
of Maui. Their cradle to cradle strategies to refine sustainable biodiesel eventually inspired a partnership
with Willie Nelson, becoming an essential element to propelling biodiesel into mainstream recognition.
Revolution Green is about how Bob King's decision to try and make a difference set an important cornerstone
in America's race for energy independence. Revolution Green is about the energy future of America and how
biodiesel refined to a sustainable standard is allowing communities across America to step into the future
and create their own energy.Dir. Steven Strout. DVD.Rock Solid Pictures, 2007. ZZRES Sustainability
||Who Killed the Electric Car?
(2006) Martin Sheen Actor. An excellent 91 minute documentary film that investigates the birth and death
of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future. In 1996,
electric cars began to appear on roads all over California. They were quiet and fast, produced no exhaust
and ran without gasoline. Ten years later, these futuristic cars were almost entirely gone. What happened?
With gasoline prices approaching $4/gallon, fossil fuel shortages, unrest in oil producing regions around
the globe and mainstream consumer adoption and adoption of the hybrid electric car (more than 140,000 Prius'
sold this year [in 2006 by around 8/2006]), this story couldn't be more relevant or important. The foremost goal
in making this movie is to educate and enlighten audiences with the story of this car, its place in history
and in the larger story of our car culture and how it enables our continuing addiction to foreign oil. This
is an important film with an important message that not only calls to task the officials who squelched the
Zero Emission Vehicle mandate, but all of the other accomplices, government, the car companies, Big Oil,
even Eco-darling Hydrogen as well as consumers, who turned their backs on the car and embrace embracing
instead the SUV. Dir Chris Paine. DVD Culver City, Calif.: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2006. This
film investigates the development and demise of the fuel-efficient, environment-friendly electric car. TL220.W46 2006
||Exporting Harm: The High-Tech Trashing of China
Basel Action Network
The new hard-hitting documentary on the dumping of toxic computer wastes to China that continues to open peoples'
eyes to the true horror of the high-tech revolution. What people are saying about "Exporting Harm": "Everyone,
every industry CEO, every solid waste manager, every politician, every student, every citizen, should see Exporting
Harm. We need to establish sustainable systems for managing used electronic products. This video shows what not to
do, and will help guide us all to ultimately do the right thing." -- Mr. Sego Jackson, Principal Planner of Snohomish
County, Washington State, Solid Waste Management Division and NEPSI (National Electronics Product Stewardship
Initiative) stakeholder. "If there ever was a question about where the majority of the U.S. e-scrap is going, this
documentary presents undeniable evidence. U.S. generators and recyclers of e-scrap must pursue domestic solutions to
stop the devastating impact that e-scrap is having on the people and environment of China." -- Ms. Lauren S. Roman,
Vice President of United Recycling Industries, Inc. "Exporting Harm" is an incredible video that strips the facade
off of computer 'recycling' and shows the underside of corporate globalization in ways that will shock and outrage
most people. It reveals the "dirty secrets" of the high-tech revolution and provides a ringing call to action for
corporate responsibility, and a call for global environmental justice. This film should win a bunch of awards. --
Ted Smith, Executive Director of Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition and NEPSI stakeholder.
||Digital Dump: Exporting Reuse and Abuse to Africa
Basel Action Network
The photo-documentary report entitled “ The Digital Dump: Exporting High-Tech Re-use and Abuse to Africa,"
exposes the ugly underbelly of what is thought to be an escalating global trade in toxic, obsolete, discarded
computers and other e-scrap collected in North America and Europe and sent to developing countries by waste
brokers and so-called recyclers. In Lagos, while there is a legitimate robust market and ability to repair
and refurbish old electronic equipment including computers, monitors, TVs and cell phones, the local experts
complain that of the estimated 500 40-foot containers shipped to Lagos each month, as much as 75% of the imports
are “junk" and are not economically repairable or marketable. Consequently, this e-waste, which is legally a
hazardous waste is being discarded and routinely burned in what the environmentalists call yet “another
“cyber-age nightmare now landing on the shores of developing countries." "Most citizens, governments and
businesses have blinders on concerning sham reuse and recycling of their e-waste. "The Digital Dump" rips
those blinders away. Save your breath. Show the film. Then talk. You will have instant allies asking
honest questions. That's how change happens." -- Sego Jackson, Principal Planner, Snohomish County, Washington.
"Digital Dump pinpoints the horrific impact to human health and the environment in developing countries that
results from illegal exports and exploitative practices purveyed by certain segments of the electronics
recycling industry today. The right information can help us all make the responsible decision with our
e-waste, and Digital Dump delivers just that." -- James W. Kao, President and CEO of GreenCitizen Inc.
||Addicted to Plastic
In this point-of-view documentary we examine our dependence on one of the most creative, and alternately
toxic man-made substances on the planet, plastic. Addicted to Plastic took three years to film, was shot in
12 countries on five continents and details our 100 year relationship to this highly developed substance. The
film poses sophisticated and cutting edge solutions involving recycling, biodegradability and even plastic made
from plants. This is a hopeful message about a pollutant that challenges all life on the planet, the sea and land,
and the air we breathe. 85 minutes, directed by Ian Connacher
Dir. Jennifer Baichwal. DVD. New York: Zeitgeist Films, 2007. This film follows photographer Edward
Burtynsky as he travels through China photographing the effects of the country’s massive industrial revolution.
MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES is the striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky.
Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of “manufactured landscapes"—quarries, recycling yards,
factories, mines and dams—Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization’s materials and debris. The
film follows him through China, as he shoots the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution.
With breathtaking sequences, such as the opening tracking shot through an almost endless factory, the filmmakers also
extend the narratives of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our impact on the planet and witness both
the epicenters of industrial endeavor and the dumping grounds of its waste. In the spirit of such environmentally
enlightening sleeper-hits as AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH and RIVERS AND TIDES, MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES powerfully shifts
our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it, without simplistic judgments or reductive resolutions.
||Beyond Organic: The Vision of Fairview Gardens
BEYOND ORGANIC tells the story of Fairview Gardens, an urban farm, and its long battle to
survive in the face of rapid suburban development. It explores the efforts of Ableman and his
staff to diversify the farm, open it to educational tours for thousands of people -- especially
schoolchildren -- and defend it against angry neighbors, hostile public officials and developers
eager to re-zone the land for condominiums. It draws a sharp contrast between community supported
agriculture and conventional chemical farming, and it calls on organic farmers to remember basic
principles, including fair labor practices, as their farms grow in size and power. BEYOND ORGANIC
is a dramatic story with a happy ending. Other neighbors -- and eventually the entire Santa Barbara
community -- rallied around Fairview Gardens and raised $800,000 to preserve it as a land trust, and
as a source of inspiration, for future generations. Documentary about a farm and its long battle to
survive in the face of rapid suburban development. It contrasts community supported agriculture and
conventional chemical farming, and reviews principles of organic farming including fair labor practices,
as their farms grow in size and power. 33 minutes.
||Broken Limbs: Apples, Agriculture and the New American Farmer
60 minutes. Emmy-nominated. This film documents practitioners of a sustainable agriculture in
Wenatchee, WA. Second-generation apple farmers spend two years documenting how American small and
family owned orchards have been overcome by increasingly untrustworthy corporations, and the hope to
be found in sustainable agriculture. An ultimately upbeat film, it outlines ways in which any individual
can play a role in saving America’s small, local farmers. Dir. Guy Evans & Jamie Howell. DVD. Bullfrog
Films, 2004.. SB363.B76 2004
Something remarkable is happening in the fields and orchards of the Pacific Northwest.
After leaving the land for decades, family farmers are making a comeback. They are growing
much healthier food, and more food per acre, while using less energy and water than factory
farms. And most of this food is organic. For decades Northwest agriculture was focused on
a few big crops for export. But climate change and the end of cheap energy mean that each
region needs to produce more of its own food and to grow it more sustainably. Good Food
visits farmers, farmers' markets, distributors, stores, restaurants and public officials
who are developing a more sustainable food system for all.
||Good Food, Good Business: New Connections for Farms and Markets
DVD. Lake Oswego, OR: Arnold Creek Productions, 2006. This film examines the economic and social
benefits of connecting regional agriculture with new markets and consumers. It is a collection of insights
from growers, a grocer, a restauranteur, and experts on the innovative connections being used to open new
markets and increase profits. The owner and staff of an urban organic farm build ties with families through
a successful community supported agriculture business (CSA) and mutually beneficial relationships with top
local restaurants. Owners of a mid-size organic farm focus on opportunities to listen to commercial customers
and consumers so they align with trends, manage growth and remain good stewards of their land. A restaurant
owner-chef relies on relationships with local growers to help them flourish and allow him to serve the fresh,
top quality food that has garnered national awards and the highest industry ratings. The owner of a nationally
recognized chain of grocery stores embraces the idea of connecting regional farmers and customers to create a
sense of community within the food supply chain. Also, national experts, businesspeople and organization leaders
offer their thoughts about the links between the food industry and consumers, as well as opportunities in the
expanding local and organic food markets. HD9005.G66 2006
In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the
heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified
seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized
grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they
find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm. 90 minutes.
||The Future of Food
Documentary investigating the implications of unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered food for consumer
health, small farmers worldwide, and the environment. Shot in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, argues for organic,
sustainable agriculture as an alterna6tive to producing food through multinational corporations. Dir. Deborah
Koons Garcia. DVD. Lily Films, 2004. This film unravels the complex web of market and political forces that are
changing the nature of what we eat and explores organic and sustainable agriculture as alternatives to large-scale
industrial agriculture. TP248.65.F66F88 2004
||The Real Dirt on Farmer Brown
Noticing the ongoing multinational takeover of American farming and betting instead on the future of organic
produce, Peterson turned his enterprise into an organic operation, naming the farm Angelic Organics. He was soon
invited to become a community supported agriculture (CSA) farmer: “I realized that my whole life had been about
community—enabling people, bringing them to the farm, working and playing together, sharing the farm experience."
The story of Angelic Organics’ success as a CSA farm over the last 15 years is the final delight of THE REAL DIRT
ON FARMER JOHN. A multi-faceted enterprise, the farm now provides fresh organic produce for 1,200 shareholder
families, on-site educational programs, employment opportunities for people who truly want to get back to the
earth—including Farmer John.
FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food
system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted
the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity.
Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.
Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s
2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The
Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.
||Flow (For the Love of Water)
Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political
and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis. Salina builds a case against the growing
privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human
rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel. Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently
reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental
and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?" Beyond
identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions
to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global
and economic turnaround. On December 10th, 2008 FLOW was invited to screen at the United Nations as part of the 60th
Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.
A film shown during the New England Aquarium’s World of Water Film Series of 2003. Also available is a
companion book by Greg Stone, a coffee table type publication. Filmed when the world’s largest iceberg calved in
2000. DVD $24.99 and optional book $29.95, plus shipping. Film length 54 minutes. May have to request from New
England Aquarium Gift Shop manager. Filmed by National Geographic Society, New England Aquarium and Bermuda
Underwater Exploration Institute. When the world’s largest iceberg calved off Antarctica in early 2000, marine
biologist Greg Stone and photographer Wes Skiles saw it as an invitation. Assembling a team of scientists,
explorers, sailors and a helicopter pilot, they set off on the intrepid little Braveheart for the Southern Ocean
to find and study this anomaly. Ice Island is a high-definition film that documents a New England Aquarium expedition
to make contact with this huge piece of ice. With numb limbs and chilled bones, the team goes where no one has gone
before, diving deep under the ice, to find out what giant melting icebergs mean in the context of 21st Century global
warming. Part adventure story, part scientific quest, Ice Island takes you to one of the most alien places on earth,
one that is as breathtakingly beautiful as it is treacherous.
||In Hot Water
A film shown during the New England Aquarium’s World of Water Film Series of 2003. In Hot Water examines the
issue of global climate change and how it relates to the oceans. Produced by New England Aquarium in cooperation
with the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute. Film length 24 minutes. May have to request from New England
Aquarium Gift Shop manager. Host Peter Benchley takes us to the frozen pack ice of the Artic, the temperate wetlands
of the Chesapeake Bay, and the tropical islands of the South Pacific to see the dramatic impacts of climate change.
Our ocean ecosystems are changing in ways we are only beginning to understand, and the whole world from polar bears
to people, is feeling the effect. Find out which individual actions you can take to make smarter more energy-efficient
||Intertwined: People, Salmon, and Place
Somewhat predictably, the story began with accounts of traditional native fishing and continued on to
describe the last two-hundred years of destructive transformation inflicted on the landscape after the arrival
of Europeans. However, in a hopeful twist, the film detailed the contamination of Lake Washington in the ‘50’s
and its successful cleanup. The mission was accomplished with positive collaboration from a variety of interested
parties. Intended as a metaphor for the challenges facing Puget Sound, it displayed our potential to restore a
healthy and thriving salmon population. Closing with a vision of hope, the film emphasized that both humans and
salmon benefit from healthy watersheds. The Snohomish River Estuary was cited as one area that’s currently reaping
the rewards of the cooperation of local groups. Through this kind of dedication and “collaborative work," affirmed
one of the film’s interviewees, we can restore the Sound to its “inherent worth and dignity." (recut 2008),
Director/Producer: Dan Kowalski, Rollingbay Works Water/Ecosystem.
||Keepers of the Reef
A film shown as part of the New England Aquarium’s World of Water Film Series, filmed 1999. Dive into
Bermuda’s alluring but sometimes deadly underwater world. Explore the mystery of coral reefs and the legacy
left by shipwrecks. Discover the lost treasures and beauty concealed in the reef for centuries. Join host
Peter Benchley and undersea explorer Teddy Tucker for a riveting adventure that uses Bermuda shipwreck as
markers in our time to understand the colorful history, uncertain future and conservation of coral reefs
worldwide. Main film 20 minutes. Also included: Underwater Portraits, a beautiful underwater video/audio
montage of ocean life, 9 minutes. Obtained by special request to: Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute,
Oceans Gift Shop, 40 Crow Lane, East Broadway, (Hamilton) Pembroke HM 19, Bermuda. May also be available by
request from New England Aquarium Gift Shop manager. Coral reefs are resilient and until recently could
recover on their own. See how coral reefs are being increasingly destroyed by our use of chemicals, over
fishing, pollution, chemical pesticides and global warming. Understand how coral reefs develop, survive,
and their importance in our world’s ecosystem. Learn how slowly coral grows and how fast it can be destroyed.
We must all protect the world’s coral reefs. We are all keepers of our one and only earth.
||Net Loss: The Storm Over Salmon Farming
(2007) Director/Producer: Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young, MOVING IMAGES (excerpt). All
over the world, fish are at the heart of people's diet and culture. And in the Pacific Northwest,
there is no fish like the legendary salmon. But decades of poor fisheries management and habitat
loss have decimated many wild salmon runs. Now there's a new way to produce fish - raising them in
giant underwater cages known as "net pens." At first, these pens and the salmon farms that use them
seem like a good idea, providing more fish for consumption, while taking the pressure off their wild
counterparts. But the farms themselves have become a serious new threat to the survival of wild salmon.
Filmed in Chile, Washington, and British Columbia, NET LOSS assesses the risks and benefits of salmon
farming through interviews with government and industry spokesmen, who make the case for salmon farming,
and the fishermen, native people, and scientists who extol the dangers it poses and the damage it has
already done. Water/Ecosystem
(2008) Director: Ben Knight and Travis Rummel, Felt Soul Media; Producer: Travis Rummel and Laura Oakes.
The Bristol Bay region of Southwest Alaska is home to the Kvichak and Nushagak rivers, the two most prolific
sockeye salmon runs left in the world. Foreign mining companies Northern Dynasty Minerals and Anglo American
have partnered to propose development of what could be one of the world’s largest open-pit and underground mines
at the headwaters of the two river systems. Mine backers claim the Pebble exploration site is the second largest
combined deposit of copper, gold, and molybdenum ever discovered, and has an estimated value of more than $300
billion. Despite promises of a clean project by officials, the accident-plagued history of hard rock mining has
sparked deep concern from Alaskans who love and depend upon Bristol Bay’s incredible wild salmon fishery. Red Gold
documents the growing unrest among Alaska Native, commercial, and sport-fishermen. It’s a portrait of a unique way
of life that will not survive if the salmon don’t return with Bristol Bay’s tide. Water/Ecosystem
||Sacred Salmon a Gift to Sustain Life
Salish Kootenai College, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. DVD. Yakama Tribal Fisheries
Program, 2003. This program honors the Salmon, First Fish and First Peoples who have lived together for thousands
of years along the Columbia River, surviving despite the threats posed by dams and industrial pollution. It is
about the health of the Columbia River salmon and the Yakama Nation. SH348.S35
||Three Poems on Water
(recut 2008), Director/Producer: Dan Kowalski, Rollingbay Works. Deep Presence, and it’s film festival
version, 3 Poems on Water, are related tone poems set in a wild and remote fjord in Southeast Alaska. The
work is non-narrative in structure and content but develops a strong sense of place through relational clues.
Taken together, 3 Poems on Water offers a contemplative view of the water cycle, water in the living world, and
implicitly regards climate change in a way that is experientially rich and emotionally powerful.
||Trouble the Water
TROUBLE THE WATER takes you inside Hurricane Katrina in a way never before seen on screen. It's a redemptive
tale of two self-described street hustlers who become heroes-two unforgettable people who survive the storm and
then seize a chance for a new beginning. The film opens the day before the storm makes landfall-twenty-four year
old aspiring rap artist Kimberly Rivers Roberts is turning her new video camera on herself and her 9th Ward neighbors
trapped in the city. "It's going to be a day to remember," Kim declares. With no means to leave the city and equipped
with just a few supplies and her hi 8 camera, she and her husband Scott tape their harrowing ordeal as the storm rages,
the nearby levee breaches, and floodwaters fill their home and their community. Seamlessly weaving 15 minutes of this
home movie footage shot the day before and the day after the storm, with archival news segments and verite footage shot
over two years, directors Tia Lessin and Carl Deal document a journey of remarkable people surviving not only failed
levees, bungling bureaucrats and armed soldiers, but also their own past.
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly
mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's
regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations
that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers
and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean
seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes
illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among
children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults. Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser
(Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with
forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin, Food, Inc.
reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation
and where we are going from here.
Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth
over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. But while we continue
to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced
to abandon their coffee fields. Nowhere is this paradox more evident than in Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee.
Tadesse Meskela is one man on a mission to save his 74,000 struggling coffee farmers from bankruptcy. As his farmers
strive to harvest some of the highest quality coffee beans on the international market, Tadesse travels the world in
an attempt to find buyers willing to pay a fair price. Against the backdrop of Tadesse's journey to London and Seattle,
the enormous power of the multinational players that dominate the world's coffee trade becomes apparent. New York
commodity traders, the international coffee exchanges, and the double dealings of trade ministers at the World Trade
Organisation reveal the many challenges Tadesse faces in his quest for a long term solution for his farmers.
||Global Banquet: Politics of Food
Dir. John Ankele and Anne Macksoud. DVD. Old Dog Documentaries, Inc., 2001. This film examines the
underlying myths that hunger is the result of scarcity and the ethical questions at the heart of the
globalization debate. It reveals how agribusiness squeezes out small farmers and how trade liberalization
undercuts subsistence farming—in the U.S. as well as in the developing world. It demonstrates how food
security is linked to social development and how women, in particular, are affected by that. And it links
factory farming and the alteration and patenting of life forms to degradation of the natural environment.
Through interviews with farmers, policy analysts, and international activists, The Global Banquet examines
the ethical questions at the heart of the globalization debate. Beyond that, it shows how farmers, laborers,
environmentalists, animal-rights activists, church groups, and students—worldwide—are mobilizing to address
the situation. HD 900.6 2001
||Meatrix I, The Meatrix II, and The Meatrix II 1/2
The Meatrix I: Take the red pill and watch the critically-acclaimed, award-winning first episode
of The Meatrix Trilogy. Our heroes Moopheus, Leo, and Chickity return in The Meatrix II: Revolting to
expose the dark side of the dairy industry. The Meatrix II 1/2 takes us to a processing facility, where
we learn how we feed our Fast Food Nation. Animated. This award-winning animated trilogy discusses factory
farming, the dairy industry, and sustainability. Each piece is a fairly short 2 to 5 minutes.Includes cartoon
||Silent Killer: The Unfinished Campaign Against Hunger
60 minutes. There are still a billion hungry people in the world. 15,000 children-the equivalent
of five times the victims of the World Trade Center bombings-die each day of hunger. Yet it doesn't
have to be this way. We can end hunger-if we make a commitment to doing so. SILENT KILLER shows how
it can be done. We discover how serious the problem is in Kenya, as we meet Jane Ininda, a young
scientist who is trying to make agriculture more productive in her country, while her own brother
Salesio barely survives against the drought, poor soils, diseases and pests that constantly threaten
his crops. We meet other scientists who are working with Africans to improve harvests: Hans Herren,
an imaginative Swiss biologist who is finding low-tech ways to control insects, invasive weeds and
diseases; Florence Wambugu, a native Kenyan, who looks for improvements through biotechnology; Moses
Onim, who provides high-quality seeds to the poor. We also meet local poor farmers such as Triza Mairani,
who has successfully diversified her tiny farm to produce all she needs and more. At the World Food Summit
in Rome, we learn how activists have been working to end hunger since John Kennedy declared war on it in 1963.
Soon after Kennedy spoke, the so-called "Green Revolution" dramatically increased food production and
prevented the widespread famines that many observers had predicted at the time. But today, the commitment
is no longer clear. In fact, at Mexico's Center for the Improvement of Corn and Wheat, where the Green
Revolution was born, and where scientists look to further improve its yields while correcting its mistakes,
we find that world financial commitments to hunger research have fallen sharply. But SILENT KILLER does
not leave viewers feeling helpless. A visit to Brazil finds a nation energized by a new national campaign
called FOME ZERO-Zero Hunger. In the huge city of Belo Horizonte , we meet a remarkable leader, Adriana Aranha.
Under the programs she supervises, the right to food is guaranteed to all. We see how the city's efforts reach
into the slums and shantytowns, dramatically reducing malnutrition while strengthening local farmers and organic
producers. In the countryside, we visit a camp of the MST, the Landless Peasants' Movement that is giving hope
to millions of Brazilians.
||True Cost of Food. Sierra Club. San Francisco. 2004
Sierra Club Sustainable Consumption Committee. 15 minutes. This animated DVD examines environmental,
social, compassion, health and other issues related to the cost, ethical and otherwise, of how we produce
and buy our food. It is appropriate for children.
||Vanishing of the Bees
Imagine half a million adults skipping town and leaving their children behind. Picture an opened suitcase
filled with bundles of cash at a bus stop and yet no robber wants to snatch it. The apiary science mystery
known as “Colony Collapse Disorder" displays these very symptoms. Not only do the bees abandon their hive,
but the queen and the brood as well. Unnatural. Unheard of. Even the predators that usually raid the hive
for honey stay far away. At first, this occurrence sounds like an urban legend or an exaggerated tale. Except
it’s not. The situation is both dire and all too real. Bees are disappearing all over the planet and no one
knows why. The average consumer has no idea where things originally come from, not even something as vital as
our food. They think edibles come naturally shrink-wrapped on a shelf and that the bees are merely stinging
insects that make honey, when in fact these prime pollinators are responsible for one third of the food we eat,
including most of the fruits, vegetables, nuts and even alfalfa used to feed livestock. In America, this amounts
to about $18 billion in annual sales. Our film looks at CCD from the viewpoint of the beekeeper as well as from
the perspective of hard science, while keeping in mind the mythic spirit of the honeybee. And with this crisis
comes an opportunity for growth and change. As the bees die, some people are exacting more sustainable approaches
to living. Biodynamic and organic farming are on the rise and a host of alternative beekeeping methods are coming
||We Feed the World
Every day in Vienna the amount of unsold bread sent back to be disposed of is enough to supply Austria's
second-largest city, Graz. Around 350,000 hectares of agricultural land, above all in Latin America, are
dedicated to the cultivation of soybeans to feed Austria's livestock while one quarter of the local population
starves. Every European eats ten kilograms a year of artificially irrigated greenhouse vegetables from southern
Spain, with water shortages the result. In WE FEED THE WORLD, Austrian filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer traces the
origins of the food we eat. His journey takes him to France, Spain, Romania, Switzerland, Brazil and back to
Austria. Leading us through the film is an interview with Jean Ziegler, the United Nations Special Rapporteur
on the Right to Food. WE FEED THE WORLD is a film about food and globalisation, fishermen and farmers, long-distance
lorry drivers and high-powered corporate executives, the flow of goods and cash flow–a film about scarcity amid
plenty. With its unforgettable images, the film provides insight into the production of our food and answers the
question what world hunger has to do with us . 96 minutes
||A Life Connected
Gently describes impact of animal agriculture on the planet, its people and its animals. 12 minutes.
The question isn't whether or not you can make a difference. You are making a difference. But what kind of
difference are you making? What kind of difference do you want to make? Each of our choices in the past
built the world we live in today. And each of our choices from this moment forward will build the world we
live in tomorrow. We will build a world reflective of our values when our everyday choices are aligned with
those values. Every dollar you spend or choose not to spend is a vote. You voted yesterday. You'll vote
today -- maybe hundreds of times. Will you vote for human rights, a clean environment and compassion for
animals? If your words which plead for humanity are drowned out by the clamor of your coins, you're saying
to unthinking businesses, "Yes, keep doing what you're doing... and do it in my name!" But if you make
purchases, investments and life choices based on your values, you help build a better world reflective of
those values. We believe people are born with values that connect them to humanity and the rest of the world
in which they live -- values of justice, kindness and compassion. Our task is to help each other reconnect.
To live A Life Connected… 1. Become re-aware of your values. 2. Become aware of how your choices impact other
people, the planet and animals. 3. Align your choices to your values.
||The Great Turning
David Korten's inspiring, lavishly-illustrated slide show on his new book The Great Turning:
From Empire to Earth Community. Presented in Sonoma, California, May 16, 2006. "Will future generations
know our time ...[as] the Great Unraveling, when profligate consumption exceeded Earth’s capacity ... and
led to an accelerating wave of collapsing environmental systems, violent competiton for... resources, and
a dramatic dieback of the human population? Or will they look back ... on the time of the Great Turning,
when their forebears ... turned crisis into opportunity, and learned to live in creative partnership with
one another and Earth? Empire organizes by domination, brings fortune to a few, and condemns most to misery
and servitude. Earth Community organizes by partnership, unleashing human potential for creative cooperation,
and shares resources and surpluses for the good of all. The future is in our hands... We have the power.
We are the ones we have been waiting for."
||Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War
The scale of environmental damage over the last half century is unprecedented. Falling water tables,
shrinking forest cover, declining species diversity - all presage ecosystems in distress. These trends are
now widely acknowledged as emanating from forces of humanity's own making: massive population increases,
unsustainable demands on natural resources, species loss, ruinous environmental practices. Ironically
however, war, that most destructive of human behaviors, is commonly bypassed. In all its stages, from the
production of weapons through combat to cleanup and restoration, war entails actions that pollute land, air,
and water, destroy biodiversity, and drain natural resources. Yet the environmental damage occasioned by
war and preparation for war is routinely underestimated, underreported, even ignored. The environment remains
war's "silent casualty." Activities that do such damage cry out for far-reaching public scrutiny. The very
sustainability of our planet is at stake. We can no longer maintain silence about the environmental impact
of war on the grounds that such scrutiny is "inconvenient" or "callous" at a time when human life is so
endangered. If we cannot eliminate war, we can at least require a fuller accounting of war's costs and
consequences, and demand that destructive forces used in our name leave a lighter footprint on this highly
vulnerable planet. It is to this change in values and actions that this documentary film is directed.
||What a Way to Go: Life at the End of Empire
This is a feature-length documentary by Tim Bennett and Sally Erickson. A middle class white guy comes
to grips with Peak Oil, Climate Change, Mass Extinction, Population Overshoot and the demise of the American
Lifestyle. Disturbing, compassionate, sometimes humorous personal essay about coming to grips with climate
change, resource crises, environmental meltdown and the demise of the American lifestyle. Friends and experts
analyze historical, social and psychological factors driving us toward human extinction. Bennett’s ruthless
assessment challenges the audience to face terrifying times with courage and integrity.
A PBS 2004 Scientific American Frontiers film. Alan Alda visits the research labs and testing
tracks of the Big Three – GM, Daimler Chrysler, and Ford – to learn how automakers are developing
cars that conserve oil and reduce pollution. Approx. $30 PBS Item #SAMF6403. Find out what people
will be driving in the future. Alda test-drives several hydrogen-fueled cars still in development.
The search for a fast, safe, exciting and non-polluting fuel-cell car takes Alda from Germany to
California to Iceland, which is attempting to become the first nation to entirely replace imported
petroleum with domestically produced hydrogen.
Dir. Carr, Drury Gunn & Hawes-Davis, Doug. DVD. Missoula, Mont.: High Plains Films, 2005. This
documentary looks at Libby in the context of its being deemed by the E.P.A. as the worst case of
community-wide exposure to a toxic substance in U.S. history. "In the small, blue collar community
of Libby, Montana, hard working men and women have fallen victim to the worse case of toxic exposure
in recorded U.S. history. When W.R. Grace came to Libby, the citizens welcomed them with open arms.
It seemed that a corporation had finally taken notice of this iconic American town, and was prepared
to invest in its honest workers and valuable resources. But then something went horribly wrong. Now,
the citizens of Libby, Montana have finally found the courage to stand up to W.R. Grace, and attempt
to hold the corporation accountable for their alleged transgressions. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide
||2012: The Odyssey
The Mayan Calendar is ending on December 21st 2012. What will happen to us between now and
then? Are there other prophecies that also predict the closing of this world age and the start
of a new beginning? Join author Sharron Rose on an adventure into the future. In this exciting
and thought provoking feature documentary she travels across the entire United States speaking
to the many experts on this fast approaching prophecy. They help her to reveal the secrets that
will unfold before our eyes and will shape our future. Featuring noted experts Jose Arguelles,
Gregg Braden, John Major Jenkins, Rick Levine, Geoff Stray, Moira Timms, Alberto Villoldo, Jay
Weidner, the Incan Elders and more, this film shows us that the coming world is ours to reshape
and to remake in any way that we deem possible. Sharron Rose also travels to the Georgia Guidestones,
Washington D.C., the Denver Airport and many other places to discover that there are numerous groups
and people who understand that this present age is ending and a new world is now just beginning.
Discover the secrets of the Mayans, the Incans, the Alchemists, the Christians, the Masons and others
of our ancient ancestors concerning the end of time and the promise of our destiny as human beings.
||2013 Timewave (Sequel to 2012: The Odyssey)
What lies ahead for the human race? Will we reach the destiny that awaits us? In the film 2012
The Odyssey, author Sharron Rose went on a quest to understand the many prophecies around the year
2012. In this sequel to that film, she travels far beyond the world of 2012. During this fascinating
expedition into the nature of time itself, Ms. Rose speaks to many of the world's experts on mythology,
alchemy, astrology, anthropology and ancient history; Jose Arguelles, Gregg Braden, Riane Eisler,
William Henry, Jean Houston, John Major Jenkins, Rick Levine, Dennis McKenna, Terence McKenna, Daniel
Pinchbeck, Geoff Stray, Whitley Strieber, Alberto Villoldo and Jay Weidner. They discuss topics such
as the shift of the ages, the galactic alignment, global warming, the pervasive role of the media in
our lives, the secret place of refuge, the mystic work of Benjamin Franklin, renewal of the American
spirit and the transformation of humanity. Journey with Ms. Rose beyond the Georgia Guidestones, Denver
Airport, Cross of Hendaye and Mayan Calendar to the Sacred Valley of Peru where we sit in ceremony with
the powerful Shaman/healers of the Q'ero people and listen to their powerful prophecies for the future
of humankind. While firmly based in a rich perspective on our past history, and a new understanding of
the nature of the times we live in, Timewave 2013 offers a clear, yet positive vision of what is to come.
||Keeping the Earth: Religious and Scientific Perspectives on the Environment
This inspirational video calls on all Americans to serve as good stewards of the natural world.
Prominent scientists and religious leaders offer their perspective on the need to protect our environment
and the 4 diverse species that share it. Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), 1996. 27 minutes. DVD and
VHS. Includes printed study guide. Science and religion have traditionally pursued parallel paths in
struggling to decipher the mysteries of the universe. But growing concern about imminent environmental
disaster has precipitated a convergence, brought to life in this engaging, thought-provoking documentary
narrated by James Earl Jones and produced by the Union of Concerned Scientists with the National Religious
Partnership for the Environment. The perspectives of luminaries from both worlds are skillfully interwoven-each
segment opens with Scripture then segues into scientific and religious explications of the topic-exhorting us
to mend our wanton ways or risk an apocalyptic fate of biblical proportions. Nature is God's textbook, God's
gift to existence, says Jewish theologian Ismar Schorsch. Destroying a species of Creation is like tearing a
page out of Scripture. Instead of protecting what we've been given, Jones chides with the imperious voice of
the deity, we're squandering it, at an ever-accelerating pace. It's a question of values, a moral and ethical
challenge as to how we treat the environment we so critically depend on, says physicist and Nobel laureate
Henry Kendall. We cannot be rescued by science and technology, because these problems ...are human problems
and have to be dealt with as such. Because we know how much we're damaging the planet, the situation is not
just an environmental crisis but a moral one. This is where scientists and religious leaders hope their alliance
can spark a new environmental activism, calling upon Earth's religious and secular citizens alike to become its
missionaries.— L.G. 1996
RENEWAL is the first feature-length documentary film to capture the vitality and diversity
of today's religious-environmental activists. From within their Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and
Muslim traditions, Americans are becoming caretakers of the Earth. With great courage, these women,
men and children are re-examining what it means to be human and how we live on this planet. Their
stories of combating global warming and the devastation of mountaintop removal, of promoting food
security, environmental justice, recycling, land preservation, and of teaching love and respect for
life on Earth are the heart of RENEWAL. The 90-minute documentary is designed for theatrical and
community screenings, and for broadcast, yet each of Renewal's eight stories also stands on its own.
From the DVD Main Menu you can choose to play the entire 90-minute documentary, or you can select any
individual story. The individual stories are slightly longer than the versions in the full documentary
and contain additional scenes and information.
Based on the best-selling book, The Sacred Balance is a four-part documentary series hosted
by David Suzuki. Filmed on five continents, this ground-breaking series celebrates a new scientific
world-view, an inclusive vision of nature in which we human beings are intimately connected to all life
processes on Earth. With Suzuki as our guide, we visit the best minds of the age. Philosophers, scholars,
priests, and shamans all share their visions and perspectives of the universe. Scientists such as E.O.
Wilson, Ary Goldberger, Brian Goodwin, Wade Davis, Stephen Lansing, Elaine Ingham and James Lovelock reveal
the meaning behind their perceptions and discoveries. We hear astonishing tales of the world's infinite
complexity. Through many knowledgeable eyes, guided by many wise hearts, we are reminded of who we are:
creatures of the Earth, biological beings totally dependent upon the planet's life support systems.
||The Awakening Universe
Based on the book The Universe Story by cultural historian Thomas Berry and cosmologist
Brian Swimme, this inspiring 15 minute film takes one on a journey, from the birth of the
Universe, through the arising of galaxies, the formation of the Earth, the emergence of life
and finally to the development of human consciousness. Includes a 40 minute interview with
Brian Swimme. Directed by Neal Rogin. Written by Neal Rogin and Drew Dellinger
||The Great Story
The Great Story is a 50 minute documentary film for educational venues and public broadcast
portraying the life and work of Thomas Berry. The film displays the beauty of the natural world
as Berry tells the story of the universe emergence and highlights the critical environmental
crisis we are currently facing. Produced by Nancy Stetson and Penny Morrell
||Thomas Berry Speaks
Two video talks with Thomas Berry. At 86 years of age, eminent cultural historian Thomas Berry,
in an extended video interview, shared his primary concerns for the well being of our planet at this
critical moment. This DVD contains two short selections from that session (one 11 minutes and one 15
minutes). Produced by Marty Ostrow
||An Inconvenient Truth, Global Warning
Starring: Al Gore and Director Davis Guggenheim. A 96 minute DVD documentary film on Al Gore's
campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide. This top notch excellent
DVD was released to the public on November 21, 2006. Considered by many as the best documentary yet
made on climate change aka global warming. Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of
global warming with Mr. Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of
global climate change. A longtime advocate for the environment, Gore presents a wide array of facts
and information in a thoughtful and compelling way. Al Gore strips his presentations of politics,
laying out the facts for the audience to draw their own conclusions in a charming, funny and engaging
style, and by the end has everyone on the edge of their seats, gripped by his haunting message, said
Guggenheim. An Inconvenient Truth is not a story of despair but rather a rallying cry to protect the
one earth we all share. It is now clear that we face a deepening global climate crisis that requires
us to act boldly, quickly, and wisely, said Gore. - At the end of the film is a long printed list of
what persons can do (actions), which some have all too quickly thought it to be credits and left the theater
too soon. With the fate of our planet arguably hanging in the balance, An Inconvenient Truth may prove to be
one of the most important and prescient documentaries of all time. As he jokingly refers to himself, former
President-elect Al Gore felt an urgent personal calling to draw attention--as he had been doing throughout
his political career--to the increasingly desperate crisis of global warming, and this riveting documentary
is basically a filmed version of the PowerPoint lecture that Gore has to attentive audiences all over the world.
Many viewers will be surprised by just how fascinating and convincing this no-frills film really is. Gore sheds
the stiff demeanor of his 2000 presidential campaign and impresses us as a man with a mission, transcending
partisan politics with an impassioned plea for common sense, ethical forthrightness, and passionate purpose
in reversing the harmful effects of global warming through personal and political responsibility. His honest
conviction regarding this inconvenient truth is likely to silence all but the most obtusely stubborn detractors.
By taking the high road, Gore effectively rises above political differences with a stern but hopeful eye toward
a better future for our children.--Jeff Shannon Hollywood, Calif.: Paramount, 2006. QC981.8.G56I53 2006
||Day After Tomorrow
While clearly a science fiction film, it is based on real science. View and compare the film with
reality in discussion. Rated PG-13. This film would be a great kick-off to a youth group discussion.
123 minutes. The film’s special effects are worth seeing. In the movie, Dennis Quaid plays a climatologist
who tries to figure out a way to save the world from abrupt global warming (climate change abrupt beyond
reality). He must get to his young son (Jake Gyllenhaal) in New York City, which is being taken over by a
new ice age. (Again far too abrupt to be real.) Emmerich has had the FX people to digitally scan the entire
island of Manhattan. This was done for a huge scene where a gigantic tidal wave washes over the city and a
scene of a giant oil tanker floating between the skyscrapers. LA is also torn apart by tornados, adding that
much of the story is focused on the survival of the human race after the ice age hits.
||Dimming the Sun, What Does This Climate Conundrum Mean For The Future of Earth?
While global warming has been heating up the world, very recently scientists were stunned to discover
that the sun has actually been growing dimmer, with less and less sunlight reaching earth's surface. The
amount of sun that reaches the earth’s surface has been found to be reduced by reflective particles in the
atmosphere that collect water droplets around them; particles from things that include jet contrails, diesel
engine smoke, and smoke from burning of coal to generate electricity. NOVA unravels this baffling climate
detective story and follows the implications of the discovery for our planet's future. As we clean up the
particle pollution to reduce health and environmental problems, we will speed up global warming and climate
change. These recent findings mean some computer forecasts of global warming need to be modified and will
then show things will be occurring faster than previously thought. Although all climate models have important
uncertainties, the unsettling implication is that, with dimming fading away in many regions, global temperatures
may rise even faster than most models have predicted. This NOVA PBS film was first shown March 28, 2006, with
‘footage’ taken just a few weeks before. Made in cooperation with Greenpeace. 56 minutes long. Excellent video
and surround sound. An educational and very informative film, highly recommended, good for group (or individual)
showing and discussion, grade level 7 and up.
||Earth on the Edge - Bill Moyers Reports
In 1999, an international group of more than 70 scientists analyzed the condition of the five ecosystems
on which all life most heavily depends — freshwater, agriculture, forests, grasslands, and coastal ecosystems.
Their findings are the scientific basis for Earth on Edge. The program presents the findings of scientists who
are studying the health of our world, as well as stories of ordinary people working to restore the health and
well-being of the ecosystems they — and ultimately all of us — depend on. Films for the Humanities. DVD. Films
for the Humanities & Sciences, 2001. Moyers explores the impact that human activities have on the planet.
||Ecological Footprint: Accounting for a Small Planet
EPA worked with Global Footprint Network to develop a documentary film about Ecological Footprint.
Dir. Patsy Norcutt and Mathis Wackernagel. DVD. Norcutt Productions for Global Footprint Network, 2005.
In the film, Wackernagel introduces the Ecological Footprint, a resource accounting tool that measures
human demand on the Earth. Footprint accounts work like a bank statement, documenting whether we are living
within our ecological budget or consuming nature's resources faster than the planet can renew them. In just
thirty minutes, the film paints a picture of our current global situation: for the first time, humanity is in
"ecological overshoot" with annual demand on resources exceeding what Earth can regenerate each year. Most
countries are running ecological deficits, with Footprints larger than their own biological capacity. Wackernagel
explores the implications of these ecological deficits, and provides examples of how governments, communities and
businesses are using the Footprint to help improve their ecological performance. GF75.E266 2005
Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, this captivating documentary explores the perilous state of our planet, and
the means by which we can change our course. Contributing to this crucial film are noted politicians, scientists
and other ambassadors for the importance of a universal ecological consciousness. The 11th Hour is directed by
Nadia Connors and Leila Conners Peterson and features narration from Academy Award Nominee Leonardo DiCaprio.
Written and directed by Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners. The 11th Hour is produced by Chuck Castleberry,
Brian Gerber, Conners Petersen and DiCaprio. The 11th Hour describes the last moment when change is possible. The
film explores how humanity has arrived at this moment; how we live, how we impact the earth's ecosystems, and what
we can do to change our course. The film features dialogues with experts from all over the world, including former
Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey
and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers
and leaders who present the facts and discuss the most important issues that face our planet.
||Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect
An educational film, very good for teenagers and up. Starts with the basics in science,
works up and could be called global warming 101. From Educational Video Network (EVN) in Huntsville,
TX, a leading source for educational videos and DVDs, primarily, but not restricted for 9th through 12th
grades. A low key film with nothing sensational to upset the younger ones. 20 minutes, with Study Questions
& Answers. Study Questions and Answers are available from the web site and have been written for students (all
ages) who have watched film. Learn what creates the Greenhouse Effect and discover how it affects weather patterns
all over the world. Understand that we must take the threat of global warming seriously to ensure the continued
survival of our species, as well as thousands of other species in USA and around the globe, many of which have
already become extinct. All forms of life on earth are threatened by global warming. In the video a female narrator
clearly and precisely explains the meaning of greenhouse effect, greenhouse gases, global warming and the implications
of them all. Graphics, contemporary as well as historical, film footage, onscreen printed definitions and maps are
utilized. Human activities, especially the use of fossil fuels, contribute to global warming, an increase in the earth's
temperature. This program concludes with ideas and suggestions on how we can help conserve energy and get involved. Each s
ection of the video could serve as a lecture launcher and create numerous research projects for students in environmental
and social sciences classes. It's everyone's responsibility to keep the earth a hospitable place for future generations,
and this video presents that message successfully.
||Global Warming: The Signs and the Science
Dir. Michael Taylor and David Kennard. DVD. PBS Home Video, 2005. Filmed across the U.S., Asia and South
America, this program brings the reality of climate change to life and offer viewers ways to make a difference
in their own communities. This documentary that explores what is arguably the most significant environmental
phenomenon of the last 10,000 years. International recording artist Alanis Morissette hosts and narrates this
cautionary look at the forces of climate change. Filmed in the United States, Asia and South America, this
wide-ranging, compelling and accessible program brings the reality of climate change to life and offers viewers
inspiring examples of people who are making a difference in their own communities. The program features numerous
science experts who review a growing body of evidence of the grave consequences of a changing climate, and explores
how individuals, communities and organizations across America are creating new approaches to safeguard future generations.
The documentary also looks at evidence that human activities are provoking an unprecedented era of atmospheric warming
and climatic events: more drought, wildfires and flooding; polar melting; more powerful storms; and more variable weather.
Tropical diseases are moving north; childhood respiratory illnesses are skyrocketing; and in the last three decades more
than 30 diseases new to science have emerged. QC981.8.G56G563 2005
||God’s Creation and Global Warming
Produced by National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Working Group. This important video describes God’s
call to be stewards of creation, the threat of global climate change and why this issue is so important to many
people of different faiths. It is 12 minutes long and provides a good introduction to this issue for people of
faith. Film provides 6 basis for taking action on morals and ethics, and the bible. A good powerful film for all,
including atheists. Could serve as a sermon during a regular church service, or to show it to the public. Web of
Creation, Transforming Faith-Based Communities for a Sustainable World is in the National Council of Churches Eco-
Justice Working Group.
||Great Warming . . . It's More Than Just the Heat
Narrated by Alanis Morissette and Keanu Reeves, The Great Warming is a dramatic film about climate change that
sweeps around the world to reveal how a changing climate is affecting the lives of people everywhere. It has been
called the best film about global warming ever shot, and taps into the growing groundswell of public concern to
present an emotional and accurate picture of our children's planet. The Great Warming includes candid comments
from scientists and opinion-makers about America’s lack of leadership in what is certainly the most critical
environmental issue of the 21st century, as well as documenting the emerging voice of America’s diverse faith
communities urging action on climate change. Editors Note: The Great Warming has been endorsed by UUMFE.
||Hot Planet – Cold Comfort
A PBS 2005 Scientific American Frontiers film hosted by Alan Alda. Deals with the ocean’s global
circulation and how it affects climates. Approx. 30 minutes; teenagers and up. Approx. $20 PBS Item
#SAMF9505. Good technically w/surround sound. So you think global warming won’t affect you? Wait until
the great Atlantic Conveyor (ocean circulation) shuts down resulting in some significant changes. Hot
Planet – Cold Comfort examines the latest warnings from scientists that large-scale changes in the earth’s
natural systems are taking place, with potentially serious consequences for the climate. And find out what’s
already happening in Alaska.
||Hot Times In Alaska
A excellent PBS 2004 Scientific American Frontiers film shows how Alaska has warmed up much more than
the average global temperature. 60 minutes; teenagers and up. Approx. $30 PBS Item #SAMF6404. Good
technically w/surround sound. Alaska is warming up. It's now a few degrees warmer than it was a century
and a half ago, and the trend seems to be accelerating. Already the landscape is changing dramatically --
permafrost is thawing, glaciers are melting, forests are succumbing to drought and insect attack. Alan Alda
meets Alaskan scientists who are working to find out if these are the first signs of global warming and what
the future may hold.
||Life in the Greenhouse
An educational film, very good for teenagers and up. Starts with the basics in the science of
earth’s greenhouse and works up. The greenhouse effect is worked into global warming. From
Educational Video Network (EVN) in Huntsville, TX, a leading source for educational videos and
DVDs, primarily, but not restricted for 9th through 12th grades. A low key film with nothing
sensational. In some respects a companion film to Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect,
described above. 22 minutes, with Study Questions & Answers. EVN #1685D. Today we are seeing
the delicate environment necessary to create and sustain life altered by man-made pollutants.
Find why it is imperative that people find ways to reverse this dangerous trend. 1) Students will
understand that there is a delicate balance between enough and too much carbon dioxide in our
planet’s atmosphere. 2) The will learn how carbon dioxide is introduced into the atmosphere. 3)
Students will learn what the ‘Greenhouse Effect’ is. They will understand how heat becomes trapped
in our planet. 4) Students will discover that even a slight increase in [global] temperature can result
in disaster for the Earth and for the people who populate the Earth.
||We Are All Smith Islanders
In an effort to make global warming a top local priority, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network
released a dramatic documentary film about the dangers and solutions associated with our changing climate
in Maryland, Virginia and D.C. 2004. While Chesapeake Bay based, the film clearly deals with US national
issues, problems and solutions from global warming and climate change. An excellent film good for teenagers
(possibly younger) and up (adults). VHS video length about 35 minutes. The film begins with a description
of how global warming is already endangering the very existence of fishing communities on Smith Island, the
last inhabited island in Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake Bay. The film also documents how global warming
is presently affecting agriculture, wildlife, health and tourism in our region -- and how this crisis will
deepen without immediate action. Finally, the film details the many clean-energy solutions available in the
region that can help slow and perhaps ultimately help stop global warming, and so save Smith Island and all
the inhabitants of Maryland. The film contains many previously unreported facts about global warming in the
region. For example, in 1900, the geographic center of the U.S. maple syrup industry was not New England but
Garrett County, Maryland. Today syrup making has largely disappeared from western Maryland due to warming.
The mayor of Alexandria, Va., meanwhile, is extremely concerned that sea-level rise will soon devastate businesses
and residents in his city. And global-warming-enhanced heat waves are – according to Johns Hopkins University
officials – projected to kill many more people in the future (especially in poor D.C./Baltimore neighborhoods)
than any other natural disaster. The film was written, directed, and filmed by Mike Tidwell and Mark Cohen.
||Indigenous Plant Diva
In the Squamish language, T'Uy'Tanat means "woman who travels by canoe to gather medicines for
all people." This was the name given to Cease Wyss, the subject of director Kamala Todd's lyrical
portrait about a woman who reveals the remarkable healing powers of plants growing among the sprawling
urban streets of downtown Vancouver. The secret curl of a fiddlehead, the gentleness of comfrey or the
blood red streaks of frog leaf all carry millennia of wisdom, communicated through colour, texture and
form. Cease Wyss has listened to this unspoken language and is now passing on its knowledge to her own
daughter, Senaqwila. Produced by Selwyn Jacob. (2008) Director: Kamala Todd; Producer Selwyn Jacob,
National Film Board (Canada)
||Edens Lost and Found: Seattle the Future is Now
Dir. Harry Wiland. Santa Monica, CA: M & P Center Foundation, 2007. This program reports on
the environmental transformation of Seattle as it struggles to combat the environmental consequences
of its increasing population. Among great concern is the return of salmon to Seattle waters. Edens Lost
& Found is all about helping cities become great places to live; places that can support population density
without crowding, pollution, and stifling vistas of concrete. In Seattle, Edens discovered a community on
the move toward creating a more "livable" city. Admittedly, Seattle has some extraordinary natural blessings:
it is near both mountains and ocean. Seattle residents say the natural environment was a leading factor in
their decision to live here. Many, however, believe the environment is suffering because the human community
is growing faster than its aging infrastructure. Seattle clearly sees it has work to do. It is among
forward-thinking cities that instituted an Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) to reach for a
future that protects Mother Nature while it provides an array of features needed for human occupancy on a
large scale. The Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment reflects the importance of environmental
quality and environmental consciousness in the community and translates it into action within the city government.
"We are making significant effort to strengthen community dialogue about the importance of restoring and sustaining
our urban ecosystems," says Steve Nicholas, director of Seattle's Office of Sustainability and Environment. "We
also are presenting information about tools available to accomplish those goals. Our public health, our quality
of life, and the long-term vitality of our economy require a broader portion of the community to be involved."
Edens interviewed a number of citizens, developers, activists, and government representatives about what's going
on in the Pacific Northwest HT175.E347 2007
||Fighting Global Warming One House At A Time
This short film shows several ways each home can drastically reduce their energy needs while
saving money. Solar hot water, photovoltaic, high efficiency refrigerators, and organically grown
corn used for heating stoves are included. A Chesapeake Climate Action Network produced film, and
applicable to all of US. Good film for teenagers (possibly younger) and up (adults). An extension
of their We Are All Smith Islanders. VHS video. Film length about 20 minutes. (Same source as We
Are All Smith Islanders.)
||Story of Stuff
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities
at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced,
fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes
the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create
a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change
the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.
||Visions of Utopia Experiments in Sustainable Culture
Visions of Utopia is a great way to experience a sampling of community life "up close." You can see
and hear community members tell their stories in their own words. Part One was produced and edited by Geoph
Kozeny, a veteran community networker, author, and former FIC board member. Though Geoph died before he could
complete the editing of Part Two, FIC has completed that work with his blessing. Part Two will be for sale
separately (very soon) on this site. Part One includes: Profiles of seven diverse communities, Exploration
of the "glue" that holds communities together, Honest revelations about what is working and what is not and
a brief history of 2500 years of shared living. Part Two of this video documentary features profiles of ten
diverse communities. Visions of Utopia is a great way to experience a sampling of community life "up close."
You can see and hear community members tell their stories in their own words. Dir. Geoph Kozeny. DVD. Rutledge,
MO: Community Catalyst Project, 2004. HX810.V58 2004
A NASA, IMAX film with fabulous photography and surround sound. See NASA photographs taken from space
showing how landforms have changed the face of the earth from natural forces and humankind. Filmed in 1993,
DVD 2001. While the film was done over ten years ago, most of it is still quite pertinent. 42 minutes;
filmed for children, very informative for all ages. Blue Planet reveals the Earth to us as only few people
have ever seen it; from space. Orbiting 200 miles above Earth’s surface, we can see familiar landforms:
the majestic Himalayas, giant Namibia desert sand dunes, jewel-like Caribbean islands, from this unique
vantage point we see how natural forces – volcanoes, earthquakes and hurricanes – affect our planet, and how
a powerful new force-humankind – has begun to alter the face of the Earth. From Amazon rain forests to
Serengeti grasslands, Blue Planet inspires a new appreciation of life on Earth, our only home. Blue Planet
was filmed in the IMAX format and exhibited in IMAX theaters worldwide. This version is digitally mastered
from the original IMAX 70mm film elements with sound components specially mixed and mastered to produce the
highest quality Dolby Surround soundtrack.