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|#15138/0685 AGROFUELS: Starving People, Fueling Greed|
Provides an eye-opening account of the downside of alternative, food-based fuel sources. Delving deep into the world of agrofuels and monocrops, explore how the increasingly common practice of diverting food crops to the industrial production of cellulose-based fuels is devastating indigenous communities, undermining small farmers, and endangering the environment.
|#15283/1725 ALASKA GOLD: A War of Resources - the Fish or the Mine?|
The battle lines between the fishing and mining industries who both want to partake in the riches of Alaska's natural resources are explored. Pollution from proposed mining could devastate the worlds greatest wild sockeye salmon fisheries but the mineral extraction means jobs and riches to the state and its citizens. Long term vs. short term? Principles vs. practicality? Sustainability vs. growth?
|#13672/1120 ALICE IN WASTELAND|
Alice wonders where things go when they are thrown away. Her adventures in Wasteland reveal some horrifying secrets, as she comes to understand the impact of human activities on the natural environment, at a local and a global level. This animated program provides an introduction to the problems associated with various kinds of pollution
|#6791/0635 ALTERNATIVE POWER SOURCES AND RENEWABLE ENERGY - DVD
Electricity has become a very controversial subject. Global warming was starting to be worrisome to many, but blackouts and brownouts, rolling or otherwise, strike real fear into the general population and governments alike. There has been much talk about 'alternative' sources but what are the possibilities really? This video investigates. Grades 9 to A
|#16099/1065 BIKES VS CARS|
Deep down, we all know we need to talk about it: Climate, earth's resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy chaos created by gas-consuming machines. Cars would seem to provide the lure of freedom, but in many places, traffic is so bad that drivers spend hours every day just going short distances. The bike is a great tool for change, but powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year to lobby and advertise to protect against the encroachment of bicycles. Meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic. *Sub-Titled *A full-length preview of this title is available upon request
|#13016/0685 BLIND SPOT: Peak Oil and the Coming Global Crisis|
What are the options? Global warming v. economic prosperity? In aid of one, the other must be sacrificed? The future of the industrialized world, as was its past, seems pretty much tied to cheap oil But will the oil run out? Will it be the cause of world war? Will climate change solve all these dilemmas by putting us all out of our misery once and for all? Grades 9 to A
|#14025/2047 CAN YOU BE SURE OF SHELL? Profile of a Multinational
Shell is one of the richest companies on earth. It does business in 140 countries dealing with 25 million customers every day. It claims to be dedicated to renewable energy and sustainable development. But is Shell as green and clean as it claims? This video offers a profile of this famous multinational, explains its growth, and investigates the impact of its activities on countries throughout the world.
|#12959/0545 CATCHING THE SUN: The Physics of Solar Energy|
This program investigates the three main ways in which we currently use solar energy to power our homes: solar hot water, solar photovoltaic - solar panels to generate electricity directly, and solar thermal arrays that use heat from sunlight to generate electricity in large commercial plants. Grades 8 to A
|#12269/1120 CONSUMER AND THE PLANET|
Offers viewers a wide variety of ways that they, as consumers, can actually make a difference to protect the natural environment in their everyday life choices. Whether it's buying more efficient appliances or re-using and re-cycling or turning lights and faucets off, there are things that will make that difference as more people get the message.
|#15453/0605 CRUDE INDEPENDENCE|
*Winner, Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature, Oxford Film Festival *Winner, South by Southwest Film Festival In 2006, the United States Geological Survey estimated that more than 200 billion barrels of crude oil rested in a previously unreachable formation beneath western North Dakota. Oil companies from far and wide began descending on small rural towns across the state with men and machinery in tow. CRUDE INDEPENDENCE travels to the town of Stanley (population 1,300) atop the largest oil discovery in the history of North America and captures the change wrought by the unprecedented boom. Townsfolk, "store owners, farmers, and county officials" had lived there for decades when the oil men began to arrive searching for clear information on the rightful owners of the land and the riches that flow beneath it. The film presents a modern American tale of how one resource so far below ground can dramatically affect life on the surface.
|#13674/0645 CRUDE: The Real Price of Oil|
This multi-award winning documentary directed and produced by Joe Berlinger follows the progress during 2006 and 2007 of a $27 billion legal case brought against the Chevron Corporation following the drilling of the Lago Agrio oil field, a case also known as the 'Amazon Chernobyl'. The plaintiffs of the class action lawsuit are 30,000 Ecuadorians living in the Amazonian rainforest they claim has been polluted by the oil industry.
|#15667/0685 DO THE MATH: Bill McKibben and the Fight Over Climate Change|
The math is simple. To avoid climate catastrophe, we have to limit carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere to 350 parts per million or below. The only problem? We're presently at 400 parts per million - and climbing. In November 2012, bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben and 350.org, the organization he founded, hit the road to raise awareness of this terrifying math and build a movement to challenge the fossil fuel industry.
|#12787/1725 e2 DESIGN|
Each of the six 30-minute programs in this series presents unique design challenges and triumphs which represent true innovation. Learn how designers created green spaces in the urban jungle of Cairo, are fighting to rebuild the devastated 9th ward of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and are creating architecture out of junked tires and appliances in Rotterdam, Netherlands, etc.
|#12667/1725 e2 ENERGY - DVD|
Where is the energy source of the future to be found? Can alternative, clean production from solar and wind ever really be expected to satisfy the ever-expanding needs of the Earth. Will we have to have nuclear and coal power to keep human societies going? This comprehensive series covers many of the most daunting environmental questions
|#12660/1725 e2 TRANSPORT - DVD|
What is the transportation of the future? Designing systems for moving people and freight from one location to another now seems to be faced with one environmental roadblock after another. Ethanol competes with food production. Where will the electricity for millions of electric cars and trucks come from? Oil is apparently going to get more scarce. Coal? Bicycles? Horses? Walking? This in-depth series investigates.
|#12813/1290 EASY BEING GREEN|
Everyone's talking about the environment and saving energy, but what are some easy steps anyone can take to lessen their impact on the environment? Join two students as they share some easy green solutions that can help, while high school students share ideas about how to make green choices. Grades 6 to 12
|#14447/2047 ENERGY QUESTION (THE): Nuclear, Wind Or Fossil?|
Are alternative non-polluting energy sources really an alternative to fossil fuels or nuclear? Are our choices being limited by interest groups with large investment in those industries? This video examines those questions from the viewpoints of two countries, Australia and Sweden, one of whom relies on nuclear, the other on coal, for much of their energy needs. But should they be seeking alternatives now?
|#15268/2003 ENERGY: Biofuels on the Rise|
The energy demands and rising cost of oil have encouraged scientists and engineers to develop renewable energy alternatives. Biofuels are renewable energy sources from organic materials such as plants or animals that are directly converted into liquid fuels.Grades 6 to 12
|#14825/0635 ENJOY YOUR MEAL! How Food Changes the World|
Exploring the aisles of a Dutch grocery store, this program clearly demonstrates that globalization has made almost any food item, no matter how exotic or remote, available to the Western consumer. But the film also shows the downside of that new global access, tracing specific foods to their countries of origin and revealing the impact on indigenous communities and ecosystems.
|#16094/0147 FIVE MAJOR FUNGAL DISEASES OF CORN|
"This video has stunning computer animation, down to a microscope scale for a fungus-eye view of corn diseases. This is a great teaching tool for extension agents, growers, ag consultants, and high school and undergraduate students in biology and pathology courses. It packs lots of basic concepts into just 13 minutes." Using stunning computer animations blended with real-life video, this teaching video impressively illustrates the disease cycles of five major fungal pathogens of corn, which can and do cause significant losses of crop yield and quality: Common rust (Puccinia sorghi) Northern leaf blight (Exserohilum turcicum) Eyespot disease (Kabatiella zeae) Gray leaf spot (Cercospora zeae-maydis) Fusarium ear rot (Fusarium spp.) Your students and extension audiences will gain a clear understanding of the development and epidemiological spread of the diseases as well as measures to control them. Also, now full length videos can be trimmed for use in PowerPoint presentations. Trim this video to highlight specific stages of Five Major Fungal Diseases of Corn for classroom demonstrations, or use the full video to build an entire lecture out of video clips.
|#15481/1445 FROGS AND AMPHIBIANS: Crisis and CSI|
After surviving Earth's natural catastrophes for over 250 million years, frog and other Amphibia populations are declining rapidly and showing deforming mutations worldwide. It is happening so quickly that scientists are racing to investigate and solve these problems before all amphibian species become extinct. HD live-action and 3D animations illustrate the sweep and detail of the crisis. These ancient organisms may be bellwethers for environmental problems that affect us, and many medical cures may be lost with this group's demise.Grades 7 to 12
*WINNER OF MANY AWARDS including… Best Documentary and Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival Earth Friendly Award, AFI Dallas Film Festival Award Corporate Social Responsibility, IVCA Clarion Awards Best Screenwriting, Sedona Film Festival Best Documentary and Audience Award, Gaia Film Festival Producer's Award, Santa Cruz Film Festival In this feature-length documentary, filmmaker and biofuel advocate Josh Tickell explores the origins of America's dependence on fossil fuels, detailing the cross-country road trip that he took in his biodiesel-converted van, campaigning for the more sustainable, environmentally friendly fuel.
|#15654/1445 GLACIERS: The Most Important Environmental Impact of the Century (2 Programs on 1 DVD) MULTIPLE SITE USE|
Glaciers are one of the main driving forces affecting Earth’s climate and landscape. Two 20-minute programs describe the most important environmental impact of the century! THE LIFE OF A GLACIER and THE DEATH OF A GLACIER. Explores glaciers in the Alaskan and Western Canadian regions. Could the world's glaciers really be disappearing in this century and what effect might that have if it is true as many scientists believe?! * See item #15653 for SINGLE SITE USEGrades 5 to 12
|#9419/0635 GLOBAL TRADE DEBATE|
The globalization of trade has resulted in tremendous growth and mounting wealth for a large number of people worldwide, BUT NOT NEARLY FOR EVERYONE, and at what environmental and social cost? This video examines both sides of the issues to help viewers determine for themselves just how positive or negative a force rampant capitalism has become. Grades 9 to A
|#13009/1725 GLOBAL WARMING: The Signs and the Science DVD
Global warming!? Well what can I do about it? Nothing I can do will make any difference. Is this true? The big polluters are the other guys? As the rate of global warming seems to be increasing beyond expectations, are the prospects for today's children changing with them? Now can we do something? Grades 9 to 12
|#11792/1290 GO GREEN AROUND YOUR HOME|
Unless something really catastrophic happens, and that's not a nice thing to think about, many of today's teenagers are almost definitely going to have to personally suffer the consequences of our current levels of consumerism and the consumption that goes with it. This video gives teen viewers some ways to act locally by thinking about their own wants and needs while also explaining the global dimension on the problem. Grades 6 to A
|#12830/1725 GOING TO GREEN Educator's Toolkit (5 Programs) DVD
A first-of-its-kind program that’s been tested in educational and community institutions and given high marks - with good reason! Detailed academic curriculum and service-based learning activities build knowledge to help tackle challenges like land use, waste disposal, clean air, energy and more - and promote good citizenship. Powerful video segments showcase everyday people across the country educating, inspiring, and empowering others to build sustainable communities. Grades 9 to 12
|#14731/1445 GREAT LAKES: Who Owns the Water?|
Fair distribution of water has long been a worldwide problem. The Great Lakes contain 20% of the world's fresh surface water, but that water is currently available to only a small portion of our population. Should other water-scarce regions have access to this water? What effect would the piping of Great Lakes water to other areas have on the lakes and on Midwestern environments?Grades 6 to 10
|#13008/1725 GREEN BUILDERS - DVD|
How complicated and expensive is it to create living and working spaces that are more eco-friendly, greener, less destructive to the environment? This program focuses on construction professionals who are taking this challenge to heart in order to experiment with ways to make their products healthier and more sustainable not only for their clients but for the planet as a whole. Grades 9 to 12
|#13190/0635 GREEN ENCYCLOPEDIA VIDEO CLIP COLLECTION (2 DVDs)|
What can one person, one business, or one town do to improve the precarious state of the planet? Check "The Green Encyclopedia", 100 video clips (1 minute 10 seconds each) that provide information, ideas, and simple suggestions on how best to bring sustainable practices into our daily lives - and make the Earth a much better place in the process. Perilous implications of the Greenhouse Effect are also discussed. Filmed in Europe, these clip-tips are equally valuable here in North America.
|#13171/0635 GREEN HOME BUILDING|
Eco-friendly building is catching on in the construction trade, and is projected to become the norm among home builders and contractors. Using easy-to-understand visuals and comments from industry experts, this program presents general construction guidelines for environmentally friendly residential building. Viewers are given a solid foundation of technical knowledge and best practices in all aspects of green housing construction.
|#14641/0697 GREEN MATTERS SERIES: What in the World is Going On? (15 Programs)|
*RECOMMENDED: North American Association for Environmental Education. This 15 part series offers viewers a look into what's being done around the world and what we can also do to help reduce our carbon footprint. Each program brings hopeful information from governments, corporations, environmental agencies and individuals who are finding ways to improve our planet. Using the latest global perspective, this life changing eco-friendly series deals with all things "green", whether it's organic, recyclable, sustainable, or bio. There are fifteen 23-minute programs in the series - also available separately: ENDANGERED SPECIES, BIO FUELS, GLOBAL WARMING, RECYCLING, POLLUTION, ALTERNATIVE ENERGY, ORGANIC LIVING, CONSERVATION,ECO FRIENDLY, CARBON(LESS) FOOTPRINT, GREEN GOOD NEWS, ENVIRONMENTAL HEROES, HABITAT LOSS, CLIMATE CHANGE, ECO-TOURISM
|#9786/0635 GREENHOUSE EARTH: An Uncontrollable Experiment DVD
Recent weather and other natural phenomena have drawn public attention to the greenhouse/global warming question now more than at any time in the past. Viewers are given background information that can help them to decipher the often conflicting claims that they encounter.
|#12131/0545 GREENHOUSE EFFECT: Climate Change and Global Warming|
This video takes the position that global warming is a reality and that greenhouse gases are a major factor in making that happen. Evidence to that effect is convincingly presented.
|#13325/0635 GREENOVATING: Home Renovations for a Sustainable World (4 Programs)|
Spotlighting the best practices, technologies, and materials available to residential remodelers and builders, this four-part series shows how existing homes can be transformed to improve energy efficiency, eco-friendliness, livability, and sustainability while enhancing the health and well-being of their occupants. Remodeler and builder Robert Post accompanies leading designers, builders, landscape architects, and other practicing green professionals to working jobsites where they discuss and illustrate the practical application of green principles to every aspect of remodeling and renovation. HOME PERFORMANCE: The First Step to Green is to first assess the current performance of the house and all its systems and the role they play in a house's energy efficiency is also explored. GREEN POWER, CLEAN CHOICES - provides a fundamental understanding of how the the various technologies of green power work and takes viewers to residential installation sites to see these systems in real-world applications. SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING: Growing a Greener Home - viewers will learn how a green approach to landscaping can reduce the amount of energy needed to heat and cool a house. THINKING GREEN, BUILDING SMART - This video explores the thought process at the core of green architectural design and construction as it takes viewers behind the scenes *Viewable/printable discussion questions are available online. A Shopware Production
|#12809/1290 INTERIOR DESIGN PROJECT: Green Design|
For students thinking of a career in design or for people planning on building or renovating, this video is full of ideas to 'keep it green'. From the overall size of the structure down to the water per flush used in the toilets, the paint, the flooring, and the lighting, suggestions and explanations are provided by award-winning interior design consultant Brandi Hagen. Grades 6 to 12
|#15482/1445 MYSTERY OF DISAPPEARING HONEYBEES: Fusion of Form and Function|
Winner of the PEABODY AWARD, this fascinating program explores one of nature’s most baffling ecological mysteries: Why have millions of honeybees recently disappeared? While not as publicized as climate change, the effects of this crisis on human life could be felt sooner and more severely, with billions of dollars of crops at risk and our most healthful and colorful food supply threatened. Join researchers as they scramble to discover why honeybees are dying in record numbers- and to stop the epidemic before it spreads further.Grades 7 to 12
|#16230/0390 NATIVE PLANET 2: The Fight for Mother Earth (6 Programs)|
Episode 1 - RAPA NUI (Eastern Island) Learn about the remote south pacific island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) to see how the recent growth in tourism is threatening the sanctity of its ancient Polynesian treasures, the indigenous Rapa Nui people and the environment. Episode 2 - CHILE Travel to the top of the Andes in northern Chile where a massive new mining project threatens the sacred glaciers of the Colla people, the only source of water in one of the driest paces on earth. Episode 3 - NAMIBIA Learn why the San people of Namibia, the oldest culture on the planet, have created a vast conservation area to protect themselves from the outside world. Episode 4 - CANADA - Lake Winnipeg Travel to Manitoba, in the heart of the Canadian Prairies, to see why Lake Winnipeg is dying and how Indigenous knowledge can offer a means to ensure its survival. Episode 5 - LOUISIANA In the Bayous of southern Louisiana see how three indigenous tribes are adapting to rising sea levels that are slowly sinking their communities. Episode 6 - MEXICO Travel deep into the remote Mezquital region of Northern Mexico where once forgotten indigenous communities are now caught in a battle between drug cartels and Mexico’s military police.
|#15965/0390 NATIVE PLANET: The Fight for Mother Earth (6 Programs)|
NATIVE PLANET is a six part documentary series that takes you around the world to experience the passion and connection native peoples have with mother earth - and their will to defend it. In each 45-minute program, guide and narrative host Simon Baker transports you to the front lines of the most compelling Aboriginal conflicts taking place around the planet today. Whether the fight is for land, water or indigenous rights, these programs take you deep into fascinating Aboriginal communities and cultures where charismatic leaders are waging a passionate defense of the planet. When climate change and environmental disasters dominate headlines and influence social change, NATIVE PLANET intimately reveals an indigenous perspective on issues that may soon determine the balance of humanity on earth. CANADA - LIVING WITH THE TAR SANDS HAWAII - THE STOLEN NATION UNITED STATES - SURVIVING THE COLD WAR AND URANIUM MINING *A full-length preview of this title is available upon request NEW ZEALAND - RESTORING THE "MAURI" ECUADOR - SAVING PACHAMAMA (Mother Earth) AUSTRALIA - PROTECTING THE "SONG LINE" *All programs are Closed Captioned *Detailed information on each program is available upon request
|#12307/0635 NEW GREEN REVOLUTION (THE)|
Is sustainable development even remotely possible for an ever-expanding human population on this planet? How can an economy that is based on constant growth, planned obsolescence and the overall consumption of goods and services find an environmentally friendly model to redirect itself?
|#13054/0545 NUCLEAR ENERGY: Basic Version (Metric) DVD
There is so much discussion as to the positive aspects of nuclear power as well as to the other side, but most people have no idea of how nuclear energy is produced so how can they participate meaningfully in the debate? Introduces the basics of how a nuclear power station works. Grades 8 to A
|#13055/0545 NUCLEAR ENERGY: The Issues|
Nuclear power produces almost a fifth of the world's electricity. Supporters say it's safe, cheap and - best of all - the answer to global warming. Critics say it's not safe, or cheap. And it won't really help with the global warming problem. So who's right? Grades 8 to A
|#13843/0635 NUCLEAR OPTION (THE): Rethinking Atomic Energy|
Guiding viewers through the basic workings of a nuclear facility, the video examines current roadblocks to a revitalized nuclear industry - including uncertainties over waste disposal and the possibility of terrorist attacks on power stations. The thriving French nuclear industry is also a major topic.
|#12958/0635 OCEANIC ELECTRIC POWER - DVD
Revolutionary technologies now make it possible to harness a completely renewable energy resource - the natural power of the sea. This program explores ways that electric power can be drawn from tidal forces or from fluctuations in ocean currents.
|#12998/1287 PASSION FOR SUSTAINABILITY (A)|
Envision a society where economic opportunity, social justice and sustainable culture all depend on environmental stewardship. Imagine a world where nurturing the health of the planet is the catalyst for global financial success and social stability. Can you? Ten years ago, 14 business owners in Portland, Oregon did.
|#15626/0645 PATAGONIA RISING|
"Intelligent. Weighs the environmental and cultural impact of five massive hydroelectric dams proposed for Chile's Patagonia region.... Awe-inspiring footage of spectacular lands at South America's southernmost tip introduce the gauchos, loggers and other residents whose ways of life have barely changed over centuries, particularly since no roads or power lines connect many ranches." Dennis Harvey, Variety
|#14900/1445 PLANET H20 (6 Programs)|
Six case studies show how young students and professionals are helping to solve the growing problems of widespread overuse and abuse of our planet's most precious and limited resource: water. Both the positive and negative scientific and social implications of water's utilization are explored in this cross-curriculuar resource.Grades 5 to 8
|#13972/0645 PLASTIC PLANET|
We live in the "Age of Plastic". It’s cheap and practical, and it’s everywhere - even in our blood. But is it a danger to us? This feisty, informative documentary takes us on a journey around the globe - from the Moroccan Sahara to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, from a factory in China to the highest peaks of the Alps - to reveal the far-flung reaches of our plastic problem. *Closed Captioned
|#16096/0147 POTATO LATE BLIGHT: The Disease Cycle of Phytophthora Infestans|
*WINNER of the 29th International AGROFILM Festival! Late blight caused by the oomycete Phytophthora infestans is the most serious disease of potato crops worldwide. As a major culprit of the Irish potato famine in the mid-nineteenth century, late blight has had a tremendous effect on human history. Elucidation of the life cycle of P. infestans by German botanist Anton de Bary is claimed as a founding moment of modern plant pathology. Using computer animations blended with real-life video and time-lapse photography, this teaching video impressively illustrates the life cycle of P. infestans. Your students and extension audiences will gain a clear understanding of the development and epidemiological spread of this fungus-like pathogen and the nature of the devastating disease it causes. All stages of the disease cycle are explained in detail in both ASEXUAL REPRODUCTION and SEXUAL REPRODUCTION.
|#15094/0405 PROBLEM WITH GENETICALLY-MODIFIED SEEDS (THE)|
Bill Moyers talks with scientist and philosopher Vandana Shiva about the consequences of genetically modified seeds to the world's food supply. These seeds - considered "intellectual property" by the big companies who own the patents - are globally marketed to monopolize food production and profits. Opponents claim they harm the environment, are more costly, and leave local farmers deep in debt as well as totally dependent on suppliers.
|#15710/2003 RECYCLING TECHNOLOGY: Waste Not, Want Not|
Understanding the environmental necessity of recycling and how it is changing the world in which we live, is at the core of this program. We average almost 2 kilograms per person of garbage per day, or 13 kilograms per week and 726 kilograms per year. New technologies are finding ways to reduce these numbers and recycle many valuable raw materials that used to end up lost in everyday trash. And to help protect our environment, engineers are learning to focus on creating new products with recycling in mind at their inception.Grades 6 to A
|#13062/0845 RESOURCES, POPULATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE - DVD
Confronts head-on three critical science/technology/society issues of the 21st century. What if the depletion of natural resources, over-population, and much-touted climate change were NOT the absolute greatest threats facing the Earth's inhabitants? Viewers get a different perspective on some of the most widely covered environmental issues. Is this a devil's advocate speaking? Gets the debate going! Grades 9 to A
|#9585/0240 ROOM TO ROAM: The Impact of Human Land Uses on Species Survival (Ernie's Earth - 3 Parts on one DVD)
*GOLD Award of Excellence- Interpretation Canada *SILVER Screen Award: US International Film & Video Festival *BRONZE Statuette: The Telly Awards This contemporary multi-award winning environmental science mini-series explores the reasons, causes, and solutions surrounding how human land uses eat up healthy natural space (habitats) and render it useless for other species. This pervasive trend is fuelled by the Myth of Superabundance - the belief that animals and plants can go 'somewhere else'. The fascinated ecologist and thoughtful teacher, Ernie, brings science and guests to candidly explore ideas and attitudes which help reveal the cumulative effects of human activities on the land. Guided solutions and hands-on exercises include: Green Mapping; Calculating Ecological Footprints; Reducing them; and, Protecting natural spaces with parks and innovations such as the Y2Y (Yellowstone to Yukon) Conservation Initiative. Ernie is on the scene in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Alberta, and Wyoming. Grades 6 to 10
|#15598/0450 SAD STORY OF THE BANANA: Dangers of Pesticide Abuse|
"Highly Recommended. This is the real story behind the cosmetic banana; the perfect flawless fruit that appears on tables everywhere. Although the sub-title highlights dangers of pesticide abuse, the program covers broader issues regarding banana plantations in Central America. It uncovers areas such as extreme exploitation of man and earth, of trade wars and corruption, and destruction of society and the environment in poor countries by large international corporations. However, the story ends on a positive note, suggesting the possibility of a better future with global restructuring of agro-food system based on fair trade and environmentally friendly practices. The video quality is good, the narration is clear and English sub-titles are provided wherever necessary; it is highly recommended for those who are interested in world issues and environmental studies." EMRO Review
|#13776/0545 SCIENCE OF POLLUTION (THE)|
A sustainable future depends upon individuals and society minimizing pollution by making informed and responsible decisions when choosing consumer items. Viewers learn the many forms of pollution that are often not even recognized as such. Grades 8 to A
|#16091/1065 SEEDS OF TIME "A Vital, clear-headed look at the vital effects of climate change on global food security."|
The clock is ticking on one of the greatest potential disasters in the history of our species and one man leads a worldwide crusade to avert it. Crop diversity pioneer Cary Fowler travels the world, educating the public about the dire consequences of our inaction. The world's agriculture - and it's fate - are dependent on the ability of plants to adapt to changes in climate, pests and disease - but today's crops around the globe are grown from human-engineered seeds and have lost nearly all their diversity and ability to naturally adapt. Could one massive infestation of fungus, blight or insects cause all the world's corn, wheat or lettuce to die? Is modern agriculture setting the stage for economic disaster, food riots, and global starvation? Dr. Fowler is the head of an international consortium to store seeds from every agricultural plant in the world. But is his farsighted program enough to save humanity from annihilation? *Closed Captioned *A full-length preview of this title is available upon request
|#13310/0685 SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP: The Crisis of Consumerism|
Are we too materialistic? Are we willfully trashing the planet in our pursuit of THINGS? And what's the source of all this frenetic consumer energy and desire anyway? Taking aim at the high-stress, high-octane pace of fast-lane materialism, the video moves beneath the seductive surfaces of the commercial world to show how the flip side of accumulation is depletion -- the slow, steady erosion of both natural resources and basic human values. In the end, this program helps us make sense of the economic turbulence of the moment, providing an unflinching, riveting look at the relationship between the limits of consumerism and our never-ending pursuit of happiness.
|#15357/0605 SLOW FOOD REVOLUTION|
"In a sense the Slow Food Movement is the antithesis of globalization and genetically modified foods - those forces that try to make the world uniform and flat. Highly Recommended" Janis Tyhurst, Reference Librarian, George Fox University, for EMRO Traditional foods are at risk of disappearing forever, as a speed-obsessed world turns increasingly to fast foods. To counter this trend, there is an international gastro-economic movement known as Slow Food. Its aim is to protect traditional culture, the environment and biodiversity by encouraging regional food production.
|#13128/1730 SPIRITS IN THE WIND: The Wild Horses of Alberta|
Shot for bear bait, roped, snared, corralled, and sent for slaughter, the last of the wild horses in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains are on the run for their lives. "Spirits in the Wind" follows award-winning filmmaker Michael C. Neitzel and his wife Crystal into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains west of Sundre, where they track these illusive wild horses, study their habitat and social behaviour, and investigate the challenges facing them. Grades 9 to A
|#15674/1416 SUN COME UP|
An Oscar® nominated film that shows the human face of climate change. The film follows the relocation of the Carteret Islanders, a community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean, and now, some of the world’s first environmental refugees. SUN COME UP provokes discussion about climate change, displacement, and the rights of vulnerable communities around the globe.
|#9811/1945 TALKING TRASH: Understanding Landfills DVD
Trash! Garbage. Refuse ... Whatever term you use, or how much of a NIMBY you might be, it has to go somewhere eventually. Landfills are one way of dealing with it and the process has been developing in recent years; no longer the proverbial 'dump', landfills have now taken on a life of their own. Viewers learn the latest. Grades 5 to 9
|#15356/0605 TIPPING POINT (THE): Global Warming at the Arctic Circle|
Arctic sea ice, with an area roughly the size of Europe, is disappearing. The Canadian Coast Guard predicts that the Northwest Passage will soon be entirely thawed. Beyond the concerns for wildlife, the melting ice caps will also have an effect on human life locally and worldwide. Thawing permafrost will release destabilizing methane into the atmosphere and carbon released from the permafrost will further heat the atmosphere. Extreme weather caused by melting sea ice is expected to bring violent storms and cyclones to some regions and severe droughts to others. With vast oil and mineral reserves locked beneath the melting ice and several Arctic shipping routes being seriously considered, what can we expect?
|#9329/0845 TOXIC WASTES|
'Toxic waste' is a term that is widely used to describe many different substances and situations. Whether it's spent nuclear fuel or run-off from a farming operation it still can be identified as toxic. But what are the actual dangers; is this a new phenomenon and what sort of future repercussions can be expected? Grades 7 to A
|#6384/1690 USING OUR NATURAL RESOURCES WISELY - DVD
There certainly is quite a bit of controversy and disagreement on the subject of sustainable development and the (mis)use of limited natural resources. This video gives viewers an overview and explains why no matter which side of the fence anyone comes down on it is absolutely stupid to waste resources under any circumstances. Grades 8 to A
|#12960/2007 WASTE NOT WASTE: Ecosanitation DVD
This earthy but informative program addresses the benefits of the dry toilet and waterless urinal, ecosanitation devices that collect human waste for use as compost and fertilizer and have the potential to bring sustainable sanitation to billions in both developing and developed nations - and improve the environment in the process. .
|#16134/0635 WAY OF LIVING DEVELOPED OVER MILLENIA: EDMUND METATAWABIN (A)|
An Interview with Edmund Metatawabin, a Cree leader and author who has radical lessons for anyone trying to quit an oppressive, wage-based way of life, and for an industrial society that is struggling to become sustainable. Covers an enormous range of subjects, providing alternative views of work, the economy, the nature of community, land ownership, and a community's long-term values and its sense of time. Metatawabin also gives a candid and horrifying account of his time in residential school, where he and so many others experienced cruelty and life-altering abuse. *Closed Captioned
|#15950/0899 WHAT'S FOR DINNER?|
Meat is now central to billions of people's daily meals. The environmental, climate, public health, ethical, and human impacts are enormous and remain largely undocumented. WHAT'S FOR DINNER? explores this terrain in fast-globalizing China through the eyes of a retired pig farmer in rural Jiangxi province; a vegan restaurateur in Beijing; a bullish young livestock entrepreneur; and residents of the province known as the 'world's factory' contending with water polluted by wastes from pig factory farms. They personalize the vast trends around them, in a country on the cusp of becoming a world power. Given that every fifth person in the world is Chinese, what the Chinese eat and how China produces its food, affects not only China, but the world, too. *SUB-TITLED IN ENGLISH WINNER OF MANY AWARDS Official Selection, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Washington, DC Official Selection, Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, Ithaca, NY Official Selection, Osian's-Cinefan Festival 2012, New Delhi, India Official Selectin, Awareness Film Festival 2011, Los Angeles, California Official Selection, Green Film Festival 2011, Seoul, South Korea Official Selection, San Diego Asian Film Festival 2011, San Diego, Californi
When a group of townspeople discover the impacts that forty 400 foot high windmills could bring they become deeply divided as they fight over the future of their community. With wind development growing annually at more than 39 percent, WINDFALL is an eye-opener for anyone concerned about the environment and the future of renewable energy. Is it NIMBY? Economic supplement? Good for the environment? Bad for both mental and physical health?
|#11037/0315 YESTERDAY AND TOMORROW - DVD|
To be direct, for western developed nations oil is taken for granted! But it isn't really as readily available as we might like to believe. This video investigates the current political, economic and environmental circumstances surrounding the world's #1 non-renewable resource. Scary Stuff! Grades 9 to A
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