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.
Age of Stupid imagines the world in 1255, devastated by the disastrous effects of climate change. Humanity's sole survivor (Pete Postlethwaite) takes refuge in the Arctic storage facility, compiling archive footage from 1959-2008 to discover what went wrong.
Food, Inc. lifts the veil on the food industry, exposing how our 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 environment.
Renegade architect Michael Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of "Earthship Biotecture" – passive, solar, off-the-grid, sustainable housing. Earthship n. 1. passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials 2. thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization. 3. renewable energy & integrated water systems make the Earthship an off-grid home with little to no utility bills. Biotecture n. 1. the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their sustainability. 2. A combination of biology and architecture.
"Only very rarely can a TV documentary be seen as a pivotal moment in a major political debate, but such was Channel 4's The Great Global Warming Swindle. Never before has there been such a devastatingly authoritative account of how the hysteria over global warming has parted company with reality. Martin Durkin's superbly professional film shows how the evidence is now overwhelming that the chief cause of climate change is not human activity, but changes in radiation from the sun"
(Christopher Brooker, Sunday Telegraph) taken from website
In September 2010 the 5 day long Armstrong IPE piloted a program to process 2 tons of food fair scraps anaerobically using microorganisms. This process, known as bokashi, ferments food scraps to create a nutrient rich natural fertilizer. (taken from website)
For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth.
Driven by passion fed from a lifelong fascination with sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas. (taken from website)
Over the next 20 years, Americans will demolish over one third of our building stock (over 82 billion square feet) in order to replace semmingly inefficient buildings with energy efficient "green buildings." Is demolition in the name of sustainability truly the best use on natural, social and economic resources? (taken from the cover)
Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables. (taken from website)
The first film to expose the shocking truth behind the ecomomic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing therie homes and jobs. (taken from cover)
With nutritionally-depleted foods, chemical additives and our tendency to rely upon pharmaceutical drugs to treat what's wrong with our malnourished bodies, it's no wonder that modern society is getting sicker. Food Matters sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide 'sickness industry' and gives people some scientifically verifiable solutions for overcoming illness naturally. (taken from website)
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This unique 10 minute DVD sets out the scientific evidence linking common household pesticides to a variety of serious illnesses. It offers information form the Ontario College of Family Physicians' ground-breaking pesticide study and sets out safe lawn care alternatives. Excellent for showing at public meetings or for education local politicians. The province of Ontario has established a ban on cosmetic pesticides that will take effect on April 22, 2009 – Earth Day. Ontario residents will no longer be able to apply pesticides to lawns, gardens, parks or schoolyards. More than 250 products will be banned for sale and an estimated 80 pesticide ingredients will be banned for cosmetic uses in Ontario. Ontario is the second province to ban cosmetic pesticide use in Canada. Quebec enacted a similar ban in 2006.
Moved by an impending tragedy for an entire species, producer and host Greg Grainger leads an expedition into the arctic to examine the lives of the polar bears who, thanks to global warming, are predicted to become extinct within 50 years. Desperate and starving with their natural habitat becoming depleted of resources, bears are found in poor health, scavenging for food in garbage and fighting with dogs over scraps, when just a short while ago the creatures were elusive hunters rarely seen by humans.
The message of "Fuel" is clear: oil is bad, alternative energy is good. Its goals are simple: put Big Oil out of business, and sell the American public on the virtues of cleaner energy sources, such as wind, solar, and ethanol. Josh Tickell, an alternative-energy zealot, has both driven cross-country in a car powered only by fast-food cooking oil and written a book about it. His film is a combination of autobiography, first-person travelogue, history and ecology lesson, and a shamelessly inspirational call to action. Using charts, animated graphics and historical footage, Tickell ties our national obsession with oil to melting glaciers, melting economies, the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, and the collapse of the American way of life. Eleven years in the making (a shorter version appeared in 2008 as "Fields of Fuel") the film is not so much a green documentary as a red, white, and blue alarm.