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Climate Change and Environmental Studies


Climate Change and Environmental Studies



DIVEST! THE CLIMATE MOVEMENT ON TOUR

Directed by Josh Fox, Steve Liptay

Chronicles 350.org's 'Do the Math' bus tour as it launched the fossil fuel divestment campaign onto the national and ultimately international stage.

As world governments struggle to meet the aspirational limit of 1.5¢XC of global warming agreed to at COP21 in Paris, a new campaign is targeting the fossil fuel industry in an effort to withdraw its social license to operate. DIVEST! Chronicles 350.org's 'Do the Math' bus tour across the United States in 2012 as it launched the fossil fuel divestment campaign onto the national and ultimately international stage.

Each night Bill McKibben and special guests laid out the findings in his landmark Rolling Stone article 'Global Warming's Terrifying New Math' and made both the moral and historical case for divestment. Three years later over 500 institutions representing over 3 trillion dollars in assets have committed to divest. The campaign is winning, but with the clock ticking down the question remains: will the victories add up enough to matter?

Featuring Naomi Klein, Reverend Lennox Yearwood, Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Josh Fox, Terry Tempest Williams, Winona LaDuke, Desmond Tutu and Ira Glass.


DVD / 2016 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 77 minutes

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ANTHROPOCENE

Directed by Steve Bradshaw

Examines whether human impact has tipped the planet into a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, with all of its political, social and behavioral implications.

A Working Group of international scientists is deciding whether to declare a new geological epoch - the Anthropocene - a planet shaped more by mankind than nature. Its members tell the story of the Anthropocene and argue whether it's a tragedy, a comedy, or something more surreal. With archival footage, award-winning stills and interviews, ANTHROPOCENE proposes a common secular narrative for mankind but leaves viewers to decide how we should write the ending. The film has the blessing of Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen, who coined the term, and is the first feature film about the Anthropocene. It is now our turn to decide--in this decade--how the Anthropocene will end.

Interviewees include Will Steffen, Erle Ellis, Jan Zalasiewicz, Andrew Revkin, John McNeil, Monica Berger Gonzalez, Eric Odada, Davor Vidas.


DVD / 2015 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adults) / 97 minutes

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TREES IN TROUBLE: SAVING AMERICA'S URBAN FORESTS

Directed by Andrea Torrice

The first film to document how a city responds to the imminent tree crisis caused by invasive insects such as the emerald ash borer.

It seemed to happen almost overnight. Thousands of trees started dying unexpectedly in SW Ohio. Cincinnati almost went broke cutting down trees and trying to keep the invasion from damaging property - or worse. The killer was a tiny insect known as the emerald ash borer, a new invasive insect from Asia that will wipe out every ash tree in America...unless we do something about it. First found near Detroit in 2002, emerald ash borers have now infested trees in 35 states, from New Hampshire to South Carolina and as far west as Colorado.

TREES IN TROUBLE: Saving America's Urban Forests tells the compelling story of how one community in SW Ohio confronted their tree crisis and fought the invasive pest by taking action and joining together. Through partnerships with scientists, city officials and everyday citizens, this community was able to fight the pest and protect their urban forests for future generations. The film also explores the rich history of urban forestry in the United States and the exciting new research linking human health and trees.

Designed for audiences of all ages, TREES IN TROUBLE inspires viewers to take action, and points towards first steps.


DVD / 2015 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 27 minutes

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DIVIDE IN CONCORD

Directed by Kris Kaczor

A fiery octogenarian activist spearheads a grassroots campaign to ban the sale of single-serve plastic bottled water in Concord, MA.

Jean Hill, a fiery octogenarian, is deeply concerned about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world's largest landfill. Since 2010, she has spearheaded a grassroots campaign to ban the sale of single-serve plastic bottled water in her hometown of Concord, Massachusetts. She spends her golden years attending city council meetings and cold calling residents. So far, her attempts to pass a municipal bylaw have failed.

As she prepares for one last town meeting, Jean faces the strongest opposition yet, from local merchants and the International Bottled Water Association. But her fiercest challenge comes from Adriana Cohen, mother, model and celebrity publicist-turned-pundit, who insists the bill is an attack on freedom.

When Adriana thrusts Jean's crusade into the national spotlight, it's silver-haired senior versus silver-tongued pro. In the same town that incited the American Revolution and inspired Thoreau's environmental movement, can one senior citizen make history? A tense nail-biter of a vote will decide.

Awards
~ HotDocs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival
~ Best of Hot Docs Vancouver
~ Audience Award, Possible Worlds Film Festival
~ Best New England Film, Newburyport Film Festival
~ Award of Merit, Catalina Film Festival


DVD / 2014 / (Grades 5-12, College, Adult) / 142 minutes

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FIERCE GREEN FIRE, A: THE BATTLE FOR A LIVING PLANET (CLASSROOM VERSION)

Directed by Mark Kitchell

The documentary of record on the environmental movement.

A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle For a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement - grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubbertappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization... the film tells vivid stories about people fighting - and succeeding - against enormous odds.

The film is divided into five "acts".

Act 1 focuses on the conservation movement of the `60s, David Brower and the Sierra Club's battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon. Narrated by Robert Redford.

Act 2 looks at the new environmental movement of the `70s with its emphasis on pollution, focusing on the battle led by Lois Gibbs over Love Canal. Narrated by Ashley Judd.

Act 3 is about alternative ecology strands and the main story is Greenpeace's campaign to save the whales. Narrated by Van Jones.

Act 4 explores global resource issues and crises of the `80s, focusing on the struggle to save the Amazon led by Chico Mendes and the rubber tappers. Narrated by Isabel Allende.

Act 5 concerns climate change. Narrated by Meryl Streep.


DVD / 2014 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 53 minutes

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LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY

Directed by Helen De Michiel

Passion, creative energy and persistence come together when Berkeley advocates and educators tackle food reform and food justice in the schools and in the neighborhoods.

How are citizens transforming local food systems? How are innovators changing the way children eat in schools? How do we talk about culture, identity and responsibility through the lens of food and health?

LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY is a beautiful and engaging story of how a diverse group of pioneering parents and food advocates came together to tackle food reform and food justice in the schools and neighborhoods of Berkeley, CA.

Through a mosaic of twelve interconnecting short documentaries, the film explores food and education, children and health, and citizens making democratic change. This is a rich and multi-dimensional story of passion, creative energy, and idealism -- a project linking the ways we teach our children to eat and understand food to the traditional passing of powerful values from one generation to the next.

LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY is divided into three thematic programs - Heart, Body, Mind - each containing four short films.


DVD ( Closed Captioned) / 2014 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 78 minutes

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RACING TO ZERO: IN PURSUIT OF ZERO WASTE

Directed by Christopher Beaver

Follows San Francisco's innovative efforts towards achieving zero waste, thereby dramatically reducing the city's carbon footprint.

Only one third of the waste in the United States is recycled or composted. Why? Industry, through its practice of planned obsolescence, plays a major role; our lives are almost totally dependent on unrecyclable petroleum products. In order to reach zero waste, we need to change our relationship to garbage and view the things we discard as resources, rather than waste.

RACING TO ZERO examines our society's garbage practices in terms of consumption, preparation, use and production, and discovers some amazing solutions in San Francisco, which is successfully taking the necessary steps to reach zero waste. Cities all over the United States have instituted zero-waste policies of their own, and it is through these mandates that we are challenged to think differently about not only how we handle our garbage, but what it can become.


DVD / 2014 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 56 minutes

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WEATHER GONE WILD

Directed by Melanie Wood

From floating neighborhoods to massive harbor floodgates, cities around the world are engineering ways to cope with extreme weather events.

Violent stormy weather is a natural outcome of climate change and a warmer planet. WEATHER GONE WILD is about changing the way we live in order to survive a world of superstorms.

WEATHER GONE WILD explores recent extreme weather events and the scientific projections of what we can expect over the next few decades. What can we do to give ourselves the best chance of protecting our homes and families from the weather's devastating effects?

The documentary travels to Calgary, Toronto, New York, Miami, and Rotterdam to detail the dangers of the destructive new weather patterns, and shows the innovative plans in each city trying to engineer their way to a safer future. Everything from farming to the insurance industry to building codes will have to change. How can -- and must -- the average citizen adapt their life to Weather Gone Wild?


DVD / 2014 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 43 minutes

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WISDOM TO SURVIVE, THE: CLIMATE CHANGE, CAPITALISM & COMMUNITY

Directed by John Ankele & Anne Macksoud

Examines the challenges that climate change poses and discusses meaningful action that can be taken by individuals and communities.

THE WISDOM TO SURVIVE accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks, what is keeping us from action? In discussions with thought leaders and activists, we explore how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society, and the lives of billions of people.

Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. They urge us to open ourselves to the beauty that surrounds us and get to work on ensuring it thrives.

Amongst those featured are Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy, Roger Payne, Richard Heinberg, Gus Speth, Stephanie Kaza, Nikki Cooley and Ben Falk.


DVD / 2014 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 56 minutes

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AFTER WINTER, SPRING

Directed by Judith Lit

An intimate portrait of an ancestral way of life under threat in a world increasingly dominated by large-scale industrial agriculture.

In an era of rapid growth of mega-farms, the encroachment of suburbia and new European Union rules and reductions of agricultural subsidies, the farmers in the Perigord region of southwest France are forced to confront challenges that threaten the very existence of their small farms.

Their story is recorded by one of their neighbors, an American filmmaker who grew up on her family's farm in Pennsylvania. Inter-weaving her story and theirs, the documentary explores the nature of the farming life and the rapid changes of the last two decades that have impacted the lives of families whose survival is tied to the land.

The Perigordine farmers show us that as agriculture moves out of the hands of families who have farmed for generations and into a model of "agriculture as business," something fundamental shifts. This farming community caught between tradition and an uncertain future struggles to hold on not only to their farms but to a set of values that comes of their intimate relationship with the natural world. AFTER WINTER, SPRING reveals the human story of family farming at a turning point in history.

Awards
~ Best Foreign Documentary, Arizona International Film Festival
~ Audience Award, Mill Valley Film Festival
~ Jury Award, Cameras Des Champs


DVD / 2013 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 74 minutes

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BIDDER 70

Directed by Beth Gage & George Gage

Tells the story of Tim DeChristopher's extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience drawing attention to the need for action on climate change.

BIDDER 70 is Tim DeChristopher, the student who monkey-wrenched the 2008 fraudulent Bureau of Land Management Oil and Gas Lease Auction. Bidding $1.8 million to save 22,000 acres of pristine Utah wilderness surrounding Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, with no intention to pay or drill, Tim brought the BLM auction to an abrupt halt. A month later, Barack Obama became president and on February 4, 2009, new Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, invalidated the entire BLM Auction.

Nevertheless, DeChristopher was indicted on two federal felonies facing penalties of up to ten years in prison and $750,000 in fines. During the two years awaiting his trial, DeChristopher stepped up his activism, evolved into a climate justice leader, and waited through nine trial postponements until, on February 28, 2011 his trial began. BIDDER 70 is Tim's journey from economics student to incarcerated felon.

Amonst those featured are Bill McKibben, James Hansen, Robert Redford, John Schuchardt, David Harris, Larry Gibson, Terry Tempest Williams, and members of Salt Lake City's Peaceful Uprising.

Awards
~ Best US Feature Film, Traverse City Film Festival
~ Moving Mountains Award, Mountainfilm in Telluride
~ People's Choice & Spirit of Activism Awards, Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival
~ Best Film & Audience Award, Frozen River Film Festival
~ Audience Choice & Green Fire Awards, American Conservation Film Festival
~ Best of Festival & Best of Category Awards, Montana Cine Film Festival
~ Best Documentary & Act Now Awards, Crested Butte Film Festival
~ Fork in the Road Award, Greentopia Film Festival
~ Audience Award, Driftless Film Festival


DVD / 2013 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 72 minutes

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STANDING ON SACRED GROUND: ISLANDS OF SANCTUARY

Directed by Christopher McLeod

Aboriginal Australians and Native Hawaiians reclaim land from the government and the military, and resist the erosion of culture and environment.

Native Hawaiians and Aboriginal Australians resist threats to their sacred places in a growing international movement to defend human rights and protect the environment. In Australia's Northern Territory, Aboriginal clans maintain Indigenous Protected Areas and resist the destructive effects of a mining boom. In Hawai`i, indigenous ecological and spiritual practices are used to restore the sacred island of Kaho`olawe after 50 years of military use as a bombing range.

Featuring Patrick Dodson (Yawuru), Emmett Aluli and Davianna McGregor (Hawai`i), Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe), Oren Lyons (Onondaga), Satish Kumar and Barry Lopez.


DVD / 2013 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 57 minutes

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WILL FOR THE WOODS, A

Directed by Amy Browne, Jeremy Kaplan, Tony Hale, Brian Wilson

Clark Wang's passionate wish for a legacy of green burials inspires a profoundly affecting and optimistic portrait of people finding meaning in death.

What if our last act could be a gift to the planet? Capturing the genesis of a revolutionary social and environmental movement, A WILL FOR THE WOODS draws the viewer into a life-affirming and immersive portrait of people embracing their connection to timeless natural cycles.

Musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial, determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth. He has discovered a movement that uses burial to conserve and restore natural areas, forgoing toxic, wasteful funeral practices engineered to preserve the body at the ecosystem's expense. Clark, a spirited and charismatic advocate, sets out to save a tract of forest with the help of green burial pioneers and a compassionate local cemeterian.

While he continues to battle cancer, he and his partner Jane find great comfort in the thought that his death - whenever it may happen - will be a force for regeneration. As the film follows Clark's dream of leaving a loving, permanent legacy, environmentalism takes on a deeply human intimacy.

Awards
~ Audience Award, Environmental Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
~ Audience Award, New Orleans Film Festival
~ Jury Award, Audience Award, San Francisco Indie Fest
~ Audience Award, Rhode Island International Film Festival
~ Programmer's Choice Award, Virginia Film Festival
~ Best Feature Documentary, Kansas City FilmFest
~ Fork in the Road Award, Greentopia, Film, Rochester, NY


DVD / 2013 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 93 minutes

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FIERCE GREEN FIRE, A: THE BATTLE FOR A LIVING PLANET

Directed by Mark Kitchell

The documentary of record on the environmental movement.

A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle For a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement - grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubbertappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization... the film tells vivid stories about people fighting - and succeeding - against enormous odds.

The film is divided into five "acts".

Act 1 focuses on the conservation movement of the `60s, David Brower and the Sierra Club's battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon.

Act 2 looks at the new environmental movement of the `70s with its emphasis on pollution, focusing on the battle led by Lois Gibbs over Love Canal.

Act 3 is about alternative ecology strands and the main story is Greenpeace's campaign to save the whales.

Act 4 explores global resource issues and crises of the `80s, focusing on the struggle to save the Amazon led by Chico Mendes and the rubber tappers.

Act 5 concerns climate change.


DVD / 2012 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 114 minutes

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SHATTERED SKY

Directed by Steve Dorst, Dan Evans

The story of how America led the world to solve the ozone crisis. Will we dare to do the same with climate change?

Thirty years ago, scientists reported a hole in the ozone layer "the size of North America." The culprits were man-made chemicals called CFCs, which were prevalent in billions of dollars worth of refrigeration, air conditioning and other products that had revolutionized America's way of life.

With doctors forecasting skyrocketing cancer rates if changes weren't made, the stakes were literally "life as we know it." Yet companies remained bitterly opposed to changing their products. Politicians were slow to act. Like with today's CO2 emissions, an invisible compound was threatening the Earth's life-support systems, but a solution seemed beyond reach.

Eerily reminiscent of today's energy and climate crisis, Shattered Sky tells the story of how America led the world in solving the biggest environmental crisis ever seen.

Those interviewed include William Becker, Richard Benedick, Eileen Claussen, David Doniger, Daniel Dudek, Kevin Fay, Ross Gelbspan, Jeff Goodell, Hunter Lovins, Mario Molina, Bruce Niles, Michael Oppenheimer, Shari Road, William Reilly, James Rogers, F. Sherwood Rowland, George Shultz, Susan Solomon, Gus Speth, General Gordon Sullivan (Ret'd), Lee Thomas and Robert Watson.


DVD / 2012 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 57 minutes

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CITY DARK, THE: A SEARCH FOR NIGHT ON A PLANET THAT NEVER SLEEPS

Directed by Ian Cheney

The definitive story of light pollution and the disappearing stars.

THE CITY DARK chronicles the disappearance of darkness. The film follows filmmaker (and amateur astronomer) Ian Cheney (KING CORN, BIG RIVER,TRUCK FARM), who moves to New York City from Maine and discovers an urban sky almost completely devoid of stars. He poses a deceptively simple question, "What do we lose, when we lose the night?".

Exploring the threat of killer asteroids in Hawai'i, tracking disoriented hatching turtles along the Florida coast, and rescuing birds on Chicago streets injured by collisions with buildings, Cheney unravels the myriad implications of a globe glittering with lights--including increased breast cancer rates from exposure to light at night, and a generation of kids without a glimpse of the universe above. In six chapters weaving together cutting-edge science with personal, meditative sequences reflecting on the human relationship to the sky, THE CITY DARK shines new light on the meaning of the dark.

The film features stunning astrophotography and a cast of eclectic scientists, philosophers, historians, and lighting designers including Hayden Planetarium director Neil deGrasse Tyson, astronaut Don Pettit, neurologist Dr. George Brainard, Harvard Medical School scientist Dr. Steven Lockley, cosmologist Chris Impey, and lighting designer HerveDescottes.

Awards
~ Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature, Environmental Film Festival at Yale
~ Jury Prize for Best Score/Music, SXSW Film Festival
~ New York Times Critics' Pick


DVD / 2011 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 83 minutes

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DIRTY BUSINESS: CLEAN COAL AND THE BATTLE FOR OUR ENERGY FUTURE

Directed by Peter Bull

Reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal power and looks at promising developments in renewable energy technology.

In the digital age, half of our electricity still comes from coal. DIRTY BUSINESS reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal power and tells the stories of innovators who are pointing the way to a renewable energy future.

Guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, the film examines what it means to remain dependent on a 19th century technology that is the largest single source of greenhouse gases.

Can coal really be made clean? Can renewables be produced on a scale large enough to replace coal? The film seeks answers in a series of stories shot in China, Saskatchewan, Kansas, West Virginia, Nevada and New York.

The film features amongst others: Robert Kennedy Jr., Bill McKibben, Dr. James Hansen, Myron Ebell, Don Blankenship, Joe Lovett, Maria Gunnoe, Dr. Vaclav Smil and Dr. Julio Friedmann.

Awards
~ First Place, Documentary, Appalachian Film Festival
~ Spirit of Innovation Award, EcoFocus Film Festival


DVD / 2011 / (Grades 8-12, College, Adult) / 90 minutes

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HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH

Directed by Frauke Sandig and Eric Black

Six young Maya present a wholly indigenous perspective, in which all life is sacred and connected, as they resist the destruction of their culture and environment.

Featured at every Central and South American Human Rights film festival, HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH follows six young Maya in Guatemala and Chiapas through their daily and ceremonial life. They put forth a wholly indigenous Mayan perspective in their own words, without narration. Their cosmology, in which all life is sacred and interconnected, presents a deeply compelling alternative to the prevailing worldview.

As giant corporations go to the ends of the earth to extract all resources, these Maya reveal their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment. they believe they are the guardians of the earth. Each of their stories touches upon a facet of the current global crisis.

Beautifully filmed, the intimate accounts of the protagonists interweave with images associated with the fragile beauty of nature and the creation myth of the Popol Vuh. Ruins of a former Mayan civilization stand in the background as harbingers of our own possible fate.

Awards
~ First Prize, Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival, Toronto
~ First Prize/Pukanawi Award, Festival Int'l de Cine de los Derechos Humanos (Bolivia)


DVD / 2011 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 98 minutes

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TRUCK FARM

Directed by Ian Cheney

Blending seriousness and whimsy, filmmaker Ian Cheney explores the promise and perils of urban farming.

TRUCK FARM tells the story of a new generation of American farmers. Using green roof technology and heirloom seeds, filmmaker Ian Cheney plants a vegetable garden on the only land he's got: his Granddad's old pickup. Once the mobile garden begins to sprout, viewers are trucked across New York to see the city's funkiest urban farms, and to find out if America's largest city can learn to feed itself.

Blending serious exposition with serious silliness, TRUCK FARM entreats viewers to ponder the future of urban farming, and to consider whether sustainability needs a dose of whimsy to be truly sustainable. Featuring nutritionist Marion Nestle, chef Dan Barber, explorer Henry Hudson and a very lonely seagull.

Awards
~ Audience Award & Jury Award, Green Film Festival, Seoul
~ Most Uplifting Film Award, Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival


DVD / 2010 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 48 minutes

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SWIM FOR THE RIVER

Directed by Tom Weidlinger

The story of the Hudson, and the battle to save it, are told as Chris Swain swims the entire length of the river.

Christopher Swain braved whitewater, sewage, snapping turtles, hydroelectric dams, homeland security patrols, factory outfalls, and PCB contamination to become the first person to swim the entire length of the Hudson River from the Adirondack Mountains to New York City.

Swain's experience links together stories of the river, which begins in wilderness and ends in one of the nation's densest population centers. We meet heroes who are fighting to protect the Hudson against a range of threats from industry, inept regulatory agencies, and public indifference. We also see how ordinary citizens can and do make a difference through choices they make effecting the environment, and by joining together around a common cause.


DVD (Color, With 58 Pages Teacher's Guide) / 2006 / (Grades 6-12, College, Adult) / 56 minutes

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ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT, THE: ACCOUNTING FOR A SMALL PLANET

Dr. Mathis Wackernagel introduces the Ecological Footprint, a resource accounting tool that measures human demand on the Earth.

Humans are the most successful species on the planet. But our growing economy is placing unprecedented demand on the planet's limited ecological resources. How can we assure our future well-being?

"We can choose to live on a depleted planet or we can choose to live on a rich, biologically diverse, more stable planet" proposes Dr. Mathis Wackernagel, co-creator of the Ecological Footprint. He suggests that an essential step in avoiding depletion is to track ecological assets, allowing us to make more informed choices.

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.

For Wackernagel, "Sustainability boils down to how we can all live well, how we can all have great lives, within the means of one small planet." He concludes on a hopeful note, showing how a new organization, Global Footprint Network, is partnering with government agencies, businesses, universities and NGOs to support the use of the Ecological Footprint and to help turn this vision of a sustainable future into reality.


DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2005 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 30 minutes

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BIOMIMICRY: LEARNING FROM NATURE - PART 1

Using natural processes as the model for agriculture and business.

Biomimicry is a new science that studies nature's best ideas and then imitates these designs and processes to solve human problems.

The first program takes us to The Land Institute in Kansas, which has been instrumental in helping us to appreciate life's genius as expressed in the native perennial plants of the prairie. In an attempt to mimic their success, scientists at The Land Institute are attempting to perennialize wheat, rye, sorghum, sunflowers and other crops.

At Arizona State University, Devens Gust, and Ana and Thomas Moore are learning how to mimic the engine of all life on earth, photosynthesis; while James Guillet at the University of Toronto has created an enzyme that uses the sun's rays to detoxify PCBs. CEO Ray Anderson is using nature as a model for the operations of his entire company, Interface, the largest manufacturer of commercial floor coverings in the world.

Anderson was inspired by Paul Hawken's book "The Ecology of Commerce". Authors Hawken and Benyus show us that biomimicry allows us to reconnect with nature, and to find our place on our home planet.

Awards
~ The Chris Statuette, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
~ First Place, EarthVision Enviromental Film Festival


DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2002 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 44 minutes

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LIVABLE LANDSCAPES: BY CHANCE OR BY CHOICE?

How growth and sprawl affect the quality of life in New England, and some possible solutions.

LIVABLE LANDSCAPES explores the connection between landscape and community in northern New England, focusing on how growth and sprawl affect quality of life.

By examining the history of land use and the changes that have hit working forests, farms, village centers and urban downtowns, the product looks at how communities have tried to preserve the qualities that make them unique.

LIVABLE LANDSCAPES explores five communities struggling with choices about transformations that are underway:
~ Stratham, NH, in the fastest growing part of New Hampshire, where John Hutton is determined to farm despite waves of suburban development on land he once worked. Local citizens are responding by approving land-conserving subdivision designs and raising money to buy important open spaces.
~ Burlington, VT, where citizens in Chittenden County have hotly debated the proposed Circumferential Highway for decades. Some argue that the new highway will solve traffic problems, but others claim it will contribute to sprawl in outlying rural areas.
~ Littleton, NH, where merchants, local officials and activists have transformed a dying Main Street into a vibrant, attractive place to live, work and shop.
~ Shoreham, VT, a rural area that for now is beyond the reach of sprawl. Local farmers are working to assure that their town will remain a farming community far into the future.
~ Scarborough, ME, where developers and neighbors are working together to create a "new" New England village, and in the process are rethinking the zoning rules that have made it nearly impossible to "grow smart."
Awards
~ Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
~ Second Place in Category, EarthVision Environmental Film Festival


DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2002 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 57 minutes

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THOMAS BERRY: THE GREAT STORY

Portrays the life and work of the famous eco-theologian.

As a pioneer in the field of spirituality and ecology, Thomas Berry has created a quiet revolution. He is a monk, a cultural historian, an author, a teacher, and a mystic.

The film opens displaying the beauty of the natural world as Berry unfolds the story of creation. He sees his life work as waking us up to that sacred story. He calls us "mad" for the way we are despoiling our home, our planet, its beauty, and its living systems. He is a force that reminds us that we are living through the greatest extinction spasm of the past 65 million years. We are the ones responsible. Berry urges us to change our ways.

At the heart of the film is Berry's experience of the universe as a cosmic liturgy. He reminds us that "we are not a collection of objects but a communion of subjects." His values are rooted in this sacred cosmology which includes the entire natural world. The mountains, rivers, birds, fish, all living organisms are not there for our use but for a union which is needed for us to become who we are. As Berry says, "I am not myself without everything else."

Award
~ The Silver Chris Award, Columbus International Film & Video Festival


DVD (Color) / 2002 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 49 minutes

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IN THE LIGHT OF REVERENCE

A stunning portrait of land-use conflicts over Native American sacred sites on public and private land around the West.

Across the USA, Native Americans are struggling to protect their sacred places. Religious freedom, so valued in America, is not guaranteed to those who practice land-based religion. Every year, more sacred sites-the land-based equivalent of the world's great cathedrals-are being destroyed. Strip mining and development cause much of the destruction. But rock climbers, tourists, and New Age religious practitioners are part of the problem, too. The biggest problem is ignorance.

IN THE LIGHT OF REVERENCE tells the story of three indigenous communities and the land they struggle to protect: the Lakota of the Great Plains, the Hopi of the Four Corners area, and the Wintu of northern California.
Awards
~ Best Documentary Feature, American Indian Film Festival
~ Certificate of Excellence, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
~ Second Place, EarthVision Environmental Film Festival
~ Third Place, San Luis Obispo International Film Festival
~ Eagle Award, Taos Talking Picture Festival
~ CINE Golden Eagle
~ Chris Award, Columbus International Film Festival
~ Jury Award, MountainFilm, Telluride
~ Henry Hampton Award for Excellence in Film & Digital Media, Council on Foundations Film & Video Festival
~ Best Documentary, Wilbur Awards
~ Award of Excellence, Indian Summer Film & Video Image Awards
~ Best Cinematography/Videography Award, Siskiyou Environmental Film Festival


DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2001 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 73 minutes

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