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2.

The Age of Stupid

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Pete Postlethwaite (the only fictional character) stars as an archivist living alone in the devastated future world of 2055, who spends his days looking at old footage from the years leading up to 2015 when a cataclysmic climate change took place. As he sifts through the relics of our lost and misguided civilization, the archivist asks why Earth's inhabitants did nothing to reverse the effects of climate change while they still had the chance.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
3.

Earth Keepers

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This documentary traces the quest of Mikael Rioux, a young activist from Trois-Pistoles, Quebec. Eighty-year-old Christian de Laet, a pioneering Canadian environmentalist, Rioux's guide and mentor, urges him to go and meet visionary men and women implementing innovative projects for the future of society. Viewers can access entire 43 min. film or choose to enter the film based on topical information in the menu.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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The First Millimeter: Healing the Earth

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"An inspiring groundbreaking documentary filmed around the world exploring the solution to global warming, an answer that saves money, our food supply and most likely our children's lives. This is a story about hope. This is a story about how to use the tools we have to heal what we all depend on to survive: the Earth." -- Amazon.
DVD
2009; 2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Next Industrial Revolution: William McDonough, Michael Braungart & the Birth of the Sustainable Economy

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Tells the story of the movement led by architect Bill McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart to bring together ecology and human design. Explores how businesses are transforming themselves to work with nature and profitability.
DVD
2001
Clemons (Stacks)
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State of the Planet

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Deforestation, global warming, depletion of aquifers, rising sea levels, and mass extinctions--how much longer can Earth compensate for these damaging forces? In this timely three-part series, David Attenborough and some of the world's leading experts on environmental matters consider probably the most important issue of the 21st century: the future of life on this planet.
VHS
2001; 2000
Ivy (By Request)
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The Living Planet: A Portrait of the Earth

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Host David Attenborough visits the great environmental regions of the planet to examine how plants and animals adapt to their surroundings and how otherwise unrelated organisms, molded by similar conditions, develop similar techniques for solving problems of survival.
VHS
1991; 1987
Ivy (By Request)
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Where the Green Ants Dream

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Bruce Spence plays a sympathetic geologist for a uranium mining company who must confront the passive resistance of the Aborigine tribes. The spots where the deposits are richest is sacred ground, the place "where the green ants dream" for them the origin of all life.
VHS
1985
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The Climate Puzzle [electronic resource]

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Explores the science of climatology and what the past ice age discloses about past and future climatic conditions. Investigates a primitive organism in Antarctica and what ancient ruins inform scientists about past climates. Discusses how scientist study sea cores, Antarctic ice and glaciers. Addresses the increase of carbon dioxide and uses Venus and Mars to demonstrate how changes in it can affect climate. Warns how increased warming can affect sea level, and how the destruction of forests have created an explotion of termites who in turn are contibuting to global warming by releasing methane in the atmosphere.
Online
1986
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Protecting the Galapagos Islands [electronic resource]

Long before Darwin arrived in 1835, the Galapagos Islands were home to about 300,000 of the Galapagos giant tortoise, which can weigh up to 500 pounds and live for 150 years. Their numbers have now dwindled to 3,000, and the reason is: humans. This ABC News report investigates how an increase in tourism helps the economy but is endangering the islands' unique wildlife.
Online
2008
11.

Designing With Recycled Materials [electronic resource]

Using recycled materials makes sense, but also presents designers with a unique set of challenges, because they must work within the parameters of the materials' properties. This program profiles two companies who have successfully created products from recycled goods. London-based Pli Design produced a stackable chair made from recycled Sony PlayStations, after feeding shredded game consoles through an extruder to learn what kinds of polymers they contained, then determining how these would impact strength and flexibility of the final design. Tooling and other issues of large-scale plastics recycling are addressed as an appliance manufacturer turns discarded refrigerators into parts for washing machines, cars, and flower pots.
Online
2011
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Life Cycle Assessment [electronic resource]

Volvo's ReCharge hybrid car has an electric motor in each of its wheels, helping to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide created when being driven. But a car's performance on the road is only one part of its overall green rating. With the ReCharge serving as an example, this program shows how Life Cycle Assessment is employed to evaluate the environmental impact of manufactured goods-from their raw materials, to production, usage, and disposal. Designers used recycled materials for much of the ReCharge, but it lost the 'new car smell' after toxic components were eliminated. The video takes a close look at the production phase of LCA with a tour of Volvo's energy-efficient assembly plant; and at end-of-life recovery at a dismantling facility.
Online
2011
13.

Choosing Sustainable Materials [electronic resource]

This program profiles CO2 Zero, an eco-friendly housing development in the UK, focusing on its use of recycled plastics and FSC-certified wood. The architect built with renewable and reclaimed resources, and took into account how all parts of the houses would be disposed of at end-of-life, thus minimizing the carbon footprint of this unique living space. Although the countertops are made from nonrenewable plastic, that plastic was created from salvaged material-melted-down Lego toys. The video also documents modern timber production, with a representative from England's historic Forest of Dean explaining how clear cutting can be part of sustainable management, when conducted properly.
Online
2011
14.

Private Financing of Green Companies [electronic resource]

Many old-line portfolio managers claim that dealing with green companies is too risky, and yet they do not hesitate to buy up dangerously volatile hedge funds. In this program Hazel Henderson and philanthropic entrepreneur Karl Kleissner suggest that the traditional financial community broaden their strategies to include eco-friendly ventures. Kleissner is co-founder of the K. L. Felicitas Foundation, which lends monetary support to triple-bottom-line enterprises, and of Toniic, a worldwide network of ethical investors. Among the topics raised in the discussion are impact investing, and the need for individuals to be assertive with financial counselors about making environmentally-conscious choices.
Online
2010
15.

Tropical Storms [electronic resource]: Bangladesh's Cyclone Aila

With extraordinary footage shot during and after Severe Cyclonic Storm Aila, this program looks at the causes and effects of the violent weather event in Bangladesh. Viewers learn how cyclones take shape and develop, witness scenes of Aila striking coastal areas, and explore the social, economic, and ecological consequences through expert commentary and first-hand accounts. The film returns to specific areas a year after the storm and provides examples of how NGOs and government agencies are working together to reduce both the short- and long-term impact of cyclones through better monitoring, predictions, preparation, disaster relief, and poverty alleviation strategies. Eye-catching graphics help explain scientific concepts.
Online
2011
16.

Flooding in Bangladesh [electronic resource]: Causes, Impacts, and Management

Taking viewers deep inside a devastated landscape, this program examines physical forces directly tied to flooding in Bangladesh as well as the broader causes of such disasters, including climate change. It also explores the social, economic, and environmental impact of intense flooding through the personal accounts of people living by major rivers and on Bangladesh's char lands, areas built up from river sediment. Examples of flood management strategies are explored, with a look at the pros and cons of hard and soft engineering. Additionally, the film shows how NGOs are working with flood-affected communities to reduce the developing world's vulnerability to future floods.
Online
2011
17.

Enjoy Your Meal! [electronic resource]: 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. Viewers witness the burning of Mehinaku forestland in Brazil in order to cultivate soya crops; the creation of inland shrimp farms in the Philippines at the expense of fragile mangrove habitats; and the mass production of sugar peas, green beans, and other vegetables-made possible by low-wage Kenyan labor. A powerful visual study that is sure to spark further discussions of food security and sustainability.
Online
2010
18.

Sustainable and Recycled Textiles [electronic resource]

Cut-price garments not meant to last for more than a year or two make up nearly half the clothing market, resulting in a rising tide of textile waste. This program profiles clothing designers who are turning consumer demand for green products into fashion trends. The Junky Styling team searches thrift shops for vintage fabric which it then uses to create outfits for their high-profile clientele, while Worn Again founder Mike Corbett shows viewers how he makes and markets shoes from materials like old seat belts. The video also goes to a factory where textile technologists process old jute sacks for reuse as sustainable fabrics.
Online
2009
19.

The Timber Mafia [electronic resource]: Economics of Deforestation

In countries such as Brazil, Cameroon, Cambodia, and the Philippines, organized timber rackets are booming, selling rare wood illegally cut from national parks and nature preserves. Such mercenary deforestation threatens countless species and has already changed global weather patterns. Often filmed covertly, this program goes inside the illegal timber traffic in Indonesia, examining the profits and attendant corruption, as well as exposing ongoing logging operations. Economics of the trade and countermeasures are discussed by key figures and experts, including the Indonesian Forestry Minister, the U.K. Environment Minister, and members of the Environmental Investigation Agency, Malaysian Timber Council, and Worldwide Fund for Nature.
Online
2006; 2002
20.

Water for the Fields [electronic resource]

No matter where on Earth, the one human activity that consumes the most water is the one that wastes the most: agriculture. From locations around the world, this program surveys both disasters of agricultural irrigation, such as cotton farming in Uzbekistan, and innovative successes in water-efficient techniques and crops, such as in California and India. Numerous examples illustrate the destructive effects of deforestation and overgrazing, the difficulty of fighting erosion and reclaiming arable soil, and the urgency of the motto: more crop per drop.
Online
2006; 2003