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Red Power Energy

"Uniquely intimate, provocative and told from the Native perspective, with a nearly all-Native film crew and all-Native Advisory Council, Red Power Energy is a multi-media documentary that combines engaging storytelling with in-depth journalism. Featured are Western and Great Plains American Indian tribes in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. From tribes mining coal, drilling oil and fracking natural gas to a coalition of tribes and individuals building sustainable wind farms and small scale residential solar, an engrossing story emerges that showcases America's indigenous population reclaiming their right of self-determination. From a historically passive role in mineral extraction that frequently left their resource-rich reservations either leased out for pe [...]
Clemons (Stacks)

Captured Rain [electronic resource]: America's Thirst for Canadian Water

As current sources of fresh water become increasingly inadequate to support the needs of North America below the Canadian border, the U.S. and Mexico are looking toward their northern neighbor for relief. This program examines the political and commercial ramifications of NAFTA on the bulk export of water, as well as initiatives to conserve and recycle fresh water in the Sun Belt and in northern Mexico. Former senator Paul Simon, environmentalist Richard Bocking, agronomist Wendy Holm, trade negotiators, lawyers, and others discuss the growing geopolitical tension surrounding the commodification of water.
2005; 2000

Watery Visions [electronic resource]: Is the Future Potable?

In a dramatic reversal of policy since apartheid, South Africa has become a model of water fulfillment. Despite being one of the driest regions on Earth, India's Rajasthan is an oasis due to the revival of a system of ancient rain basins. This program looks at these encouraging examples to show how sustainable solutions to long-term water management can be achieved, while a visit to Sertao in Brazil illustrates the appalling alternative-two very different futures.
2006; 2003

River Channel Forms [electronic resource]

This program analyzes the dynamic nature of rivers and the relationship between their forms and processes. It examines the various functions a single river needs to perform, and shows how to measure river form and process, relate the two, and synthesize several attributes of the form of a river channel. It examines the differences between low and high flow, and explains how to calculate the quantity and velocity of water transport and how to attempt to measure the amount of bed-load. It compares bank full and low flow and upstream and downstream discharge, shows how man's intervention has solved a low water problem, and asks students to try to deduce what will occur during a flood.
2005; 1982

Soils [electronic resource]: Profiles and Processes

This program looks at the way soils can vary even within a small area of a forest. A well-developed podzol is examined in detail, with samples taken from the center of each horizon and then analyzed for organic content, soil acidity, mineral content, and particle size distribution. The measurements and analyses demonstrate why three soil profiles can be so very different in closely contiguous areas, with the same underlying sand, the same climate, and similar if not identical vegetation. The differences are due not to soil types, but to different processes at work.
2005; 1982

Plate Tectonics [electronic resource]

Studies of our planet's crust, or lithosphere, suggest that it's not a single solid layer at all. This video illustrates the process of scientific inquiry by studying the evolution of our understanding of plate tectonics, the dynamics of those ever-shifting slabs of earth we call solid ground. Beginning with Alfred Wegener's hypothesis of continental drift, the program discusses major and minor plates, types of plate boundaries, and the concepts of spreading and subduction. Earthquakes and volcanoes are also addressed.

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.

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.

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.

Financing Clean Development [electronic resource]

Is nuclear power the cheapest way to meet the energy needs of nonindustrialized nations? In this program Hazel Henderson explores the financial side of sustainable development with Graciela Chichilnisky, architect of the carbon market concept that underlies the Kyoto Protocol. Chichilnisky founded an air capture facility designed to reduce greenhouse gases while making solar energy profitable, and Henderson's Climate Prosperity Alliance recommends private investing in clean technology as part of a transformation to green energy markets. Topics include environmentally-targeted pension funds, emissions trading, and the viability of a global carbon tax.

Home-Grown Green Economies [electronic resource]

What are the prospect in the U.S. for growing the green economy? In this program Hazel Henderson interviews Stuart Valentine, president of Iowa Progressive Asset Management, about public interest in eco-friendly, community-based commercial models-which both see as an upward trend, especially after the 2010 BP oil spill. Valentine explains how "behind the meter" systems such as locally-operated wind turbines can be a cost-effective alternative to dependence on utility companies, and lists the long-term benefits of using solar energy in schools. In addition, Valentine describes Fairfield Iowa's Go Green Plan, a neighborhood network of individuals and business owners dedicated to sustainability.

China's New Development [electronic resource]

Due to its rapidly growing economy and a new demand for consumer goods, China is challenged to create a model for long-term sustainable development. In this program Hazel Henderson talks with Professor Zhouying Jin, author of Global Technological Change, about efforts in China to cultivate a green economy. The country has made great strides in clean energy, and is the world's largest exporter of wind turbines and solar panels. Jin discusses progress in the long-standing impasse with China about the Kyoto Protocol, where it and other less-developed nations argued that they should have the same opportunities that the West had to expand industry without regard to environmental consequences. Part of Ethical Markets 3. (29 minutes)

The Earth Video Clip Collection [electronic resource]

Any study of Planet Earth, with its surface area of approximately 200 million square miles, will obviously have a lot of ground to cover! Using high-quality film footage and detailed animations, this collection of 49 video clips (30 seconds to 2 minutes each) examines the history of Earth, the structure of Earth, tectonics and volcanism, water and the oceans, the evolution of landscapes, the representation of Earth, and the continents. Video clips include: The History of the Earth-Introduction; The Formation of Earth; The Geologic Time Scale; Our Knowledge of Geologic Time; The Structure of Earth-Introduction; Inside Earth; Geomagnetism; The Minerals; Mineral Shapes; Rocks; Tectonics and Volcanism-Introduction; Tectonics and Volcanism; Continental Drift; Volcanoes; Volcanism; Geyser [...]
2011; 2010

MyPlate [electronic resource]: Understanding the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans

When the USDA replaced MyPyramid with MyPlate, the goal was to simplify dietary recommendations by providing at-a-glance guidelines without having to weigh and measure at every meal. This program explores the key concepts of MyPlate and how it correlates to the more detailed Dietary Guidelines for Americans, including portion sizes, proportions, food group choices, and caloric balance. The video explains why it's a good idea to fill half your plate with produce, and even breaks down which vegetables edge out others in terms of fiber and nutrients. Stressing the impact of poor eating habits on health, it discusses fat and salt intake, high-fructose corn syrup and other sugars, and whole versus refined and enriched grains - and suggests seafood and other protein choices beyond just mea [...]

Sumatra [electronic resource]: Paper Tiger-a Deforestation Crisis

Having witnessed land-clearing firsthand in Africa and South America, tropical biologist Bill Laurance thought he had seen everything-the worst that deforestation has to offer. But, as he explains in this eye-opening program, what has been allowed to happen on the Indonesian island of Sumatra amounts to "ecological Armageddon." In addition to Laurance's testimonial on the size and scale of forest removal, viewers also learn about aggressive land-acquisition tactics used by palm oil and paper-producing corporations and the impact on local communities dependent on small-scale agriculture. The fate of endangered species such as the Sumatran tiger is also discussed in the context of extreme, and potentially irreversible, habitat destruction.

Solar Prints [electronic resource]

What do plastic bank notes have to do with solar energy? In this video clip, hear from Australian scientists developing solar cells made with the same polymer technology. Every hour, there's more energy from the sun hitting the Earth than all of the energy consumed on our planet in a year. But our use of solar technology to capture and store that energy is still just a drop in the ocean. The advantage of polymer is it can be twisted, it can be molded, it can be shaped so it can go on rooftops, provided it can survive the sunlight, and, most importantly, it is cheap.

Climate Change [electronic resource]

Scientific alarm about the risks of climate change is rising as quickly as the greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels. In this video segment, meet scientist Ian Goodwin, who works in Australia's Hunter Valley, where much of the world's black coal comes from. He started out as a junior scientist working on an environmental impact assessment of what was then going to be the largest open cut coalmine in the world. Little did he know that thirty years later the impacts of what then seemed like a local endeavor would be affecting the whole planet.

A Changing World [electronic resource]

According to some forecasts, the Arctic Ocean will be seasonally ice-free by the summer of 2013 - a nightmare that is driving environmentalists to find ways to minimize the damage. But for energy prospectors, climate change brings new opportunities as more and more deposits of oil, gas, and minerals become accessible. This program focuses on competing interests racing to control Arctic resources and territories. Dr. Ruth Jackson, from Nova Scotia's Bedford Institute of Oceanography, heads the team mapping the seabed in support of Canada's claims. As the work of Dr. Jackson and other researchers shows, scientists as well as nations must contend with the Arctic's icy politics. In one scene, a Canadian-led venture is thwarted when a deal to hire a Russian icebreaker falls through.

An Uncertain Future [electronic resource]

There are two different Arctics. One is the storybook land of snow and polar bears, while the other has become a breeding ground of petroleum plants and pipelines. Can the two coexist? What fate awaits the natural Arctic if the technological one expands without restraint? This program explores those questions as it follows research taking place on Bylot Island, home to a portion of Sirmilik National Park, in Canada's Nunavut Territory. Here, scientists have come every summer for the past 20 years to measure the impact of climate change on snowy owls, lemmings, snow geese, and Arctic foxes. Here, they have discovered that even tiny, hardy plants are being affected, causing a cascade of changes through the ecosystem.

The Arctic Passage [electronic resource]

Each year the number of ships traversing the Northwest Passage rises, raising concerns among local and indigenous communities. As this program illustrates, the trend shows no sign of stopping, since what were once extremely dangerous waters are becoming more and more accessible to global commerce. Ports such as Churchill, in the Canadian province of Manitoba, and Murmansk, near Russia's border with Norway and Finland, expect to see business and maritime activity grow for years to come. But with the increases in traffic come higher risks-in particular for the Inuit, who have called the Arctic home for thousands of years and are troubled by escalating threats to their traditional way of life.