"Learning about this crisis is the first step toward solving it. Then, we all have to turn knowledge into action and concern into commitment."
- Al Gore (referring to global warming)
PRESENTATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL FILMS AVAILABLE:
"Deep Ecology: the Unfolding Story" - From ancient times there have been storytellers passing on wisdom to those whose footsteps would follow the path of life. In this program scientists, authors, religious leaders, native people, and other visionaries relate the story that is now unfolding of an interdependent living universe. Video, 30 minutes.
"Sense of Place" - In the act of honoring the connection and dependency, which we havve with the whole web of life, lies the possibility of a deep and abiding communion. If, as the author Wendell Berry has writte, "you can't know who you are until hou know where you ar," then the process of discovering and achieving a sense of place may be the most important step in our life's journey. This program is based on interviews with five individuals who are exploring this frontier. Video, 30 minutes.
"Global Warming" - shown on PBS. This documentary clearly shows the causes and consequences of global warming now and in the near future. One hour.
"The Cost of Cool" - Teenagers are shown grappling with buying problems leared from advertisements that bombard children from toddlers on up. The host, actress Alexandra Paul, looks at every item from T-shirsts to sneakers and tracks their impact on the world's resources. The film provides insight into ways to enjoy a sustainable, high quality way of life while becoming less focused on personal possessions and being "cool." Video, 30 minutes.
"The Global Banquet: Politics of Food" - Globalization of food threatens the livelihood of small farmers in the U.S. and in developing countries. Free trade is the road to mounting hunger worldwide despite an overabundance of food. Farmers, laboreres, environmentalists, animal rights activits, church groups and students work to rewrite unjust free trade policies. Video, 2 parts, 25 minutes each.
"Thirst" - Is water part of a shared "Commons" or is it a commodity to be bought, sold or traded in a global market place? This film visits communities in Inda, Bolivia, Japan and Stockton, CA, showing how corporations are rapidly buying up local water supplies. Communities suddenly lose one of their most precious resources. "Thirst" reveals how water is the catalyst for explosive community resistance to globalization. DVD, 1 hour.
"Too Hot Not To Handle" - an HBO exclusive on Earth Day, April 22, 2006. This documentary illustrates the effects of global warming and solutions that are already taking place. The film features contributions from leading scientists. DVD, 2 hours.
"Being Caribou" - this beautiful film provides an intimate perspective of an epic expedition of and environmentalist and wildlife biologist that followed a herd of 120,000 caribou across 1,500 kilometers of rugged Arctic tundra. At stake is the herd's delicate habitat, which could be devastated if proposed oil and gas development goes ahead in the herd's calving grounds. DVD.
"The Living Land" - Three organic food growers and a famous chef descript their work to change agricultural and consuming practices to get away from large-scale agriculture that leads to soil erosion and food contaminated with pesticides. Video, 30 minutes.
"Not Under My Roof: Protecting Your Baby From Toxins At Home" - Olivia Newton-John and Kelly Preston discuss issues concerning toxins in your home. Speaking from their own experience as mothers and board members of Children's Health Environmental Coalition, Olivia and Kelly offer simple stemps you tak take to make your home safer for your children and your family. Video, 15 minutes.
"The End of Suburbia" - We live in an oil-dependent society. What will happen to it when oil is scarce and expensive? How will it affect our way of life? What are the positive possibilities? 1 1/2 hours.
"Affluenza" - shown on PBS. Deals with our habit of acquiring things, sometimes impulsively or compulsively, without consideration of need or what it does to our environment.
"Escape From Affluenza" - illustrates how to cure ourselves from this affliction and go on to lead heallthful, meaningful lives once again.
"The Next Industrial Revolution," a highly acclaimed tape, explores how businesses are transforming themselves to work with nature and enhance profitability. Susan Sarandon narrates examples of how William McDonough, foremost "green architect" and chemist Michael Braungart are demonstrating that the means of a creating a sustainable future are already here.
"Blue Vinyl" illustrates problems to the workers during the production of polyvinyl polymers (PVC) caused by its highly toxic nature, and the serious damages to our environment caused by the production of, and eventual disposal of PVC.
"The Story of Stuff" a short and lively film on all you need to know about consumption. The film itself takes about 20 minutes and could be featured as part of a larger program.
"A healthy ecology is the basis for a healthy economy."
- Claudine Schneider (U.S. Representative in the Green Lifestyle Handbook)
OTHER PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE:
PowerPoint presentation: "Exploring the Interactive Between Personal and Environmental Health" Presented by Joel Coyne.