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The 11th Hour

The 11th Hour is a 2007 documentary film, created, produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, on the state of the natural environment. It was directed by Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners and financed by Adam Lewis and Pierre André Senizergues, and distributed by Warner Independent Pictures.

Its world premiere was at the 2007 60th Annual Cannes Film Festival (May 16–27, 2007) and it was released on August 17, 2007, in the year in which theFourth Assessment Report of the United Nations global warming panel IPCCwas published and about a year after Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, another film documentary about global warming.


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AFFLUENZA is a groundbreaking film that diagnoses a serious social disease - caused by consumerism, commercialism and rampant materialism - that is having a devastating impact on our families, communities, and the environment. We have more stuff, but less time, and our quality of life seems to be deteriorating. By using personal stories, expert commentary, hilarious old film clips, and "uncommercial" breaks to illuminate the nature and extent of the disease, AFFLUENZA has appealed to widely diverse audiences: from freshmen orientation programs to consumer credit counseling, and from religious congregations to marketing classes.

With the help of historians and archival film, AFFLUENZA reveals the forces that have dramatically transformed us from a nation that prized thriftiness - with strong beliefs in "plain living and high thinking" - into the ultimate consumer society.

The program ends with a prescription to cure the disease. A growing number of people are opting out of the consumer chase, and choosing "voluntary simplicity" instead. They are working and shopping less, spending more time with friends and family, volunteering in the communities, and enjoying their lives more.

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The Awakening Universe
A film by Neal Rogin

Based on the book, The Universe Story by cultural historian Thomas Berry and Cosmologist Brian Swimme, this beautiful and inspiring film takes you on the ultimate journey, from the very birth of the Universe, through the arising of Galaxies, the formation of the Earth, the emergence of life, and finally to the development of human consciousness.

In a mere fifteen minutes, using awe inspiring images and a sweeping original musical score, this amazing film shows how science, spirit and ancient indigenous wisdom are now all converging to reveal that we stand in the very heart of that which created us. An entirely new context for human life is arising in our lifetime, with the potential to transform forever our sense of separation, isolation, and alienation into one of connection, commonality and communion.



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Bag It
What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a extensive investigation into plastic and its effect on our waterways, oceans and even our bodies.

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Beyond Violence
The Animal Connection

How we treat other animals influences how we treat one another. Beyond Violence: The Human-Animal Connection documents the relation between human violence and animal abuse - See more at:


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Taking The Middle Path To Happiness

Imagine a country where happiness is the guiding principle of government. Imagine a people who see all life as sacred and the source of their happiness, a place with an abundance of clean and renewable energy, a nation committed to preserving its culture and whose progress is measured by obtaining Gross National Happiness for its people. Where is this Shangri-La? Bhutan. But can a place like Bhutan really exist? Can such ideals be realized? Can this small, geographically isolated country tucked away in the Himalayans truly protect its environment and culture as they open their doors to the West? The answer is rooted in the Bhutanese view of the world, anchored in Buddhism, with the simple message that happiness can only be found by taking the middle path the path that balances the needs of man with the powerful spirits of nature. 
--Bonus Feature - A short film in which His Holiness the Dalai Lama expresses his views on happiness. The interview took place in Dharamsala, India, where he resides in exile. The backdrop for the film is scenery from the documentary film Sacred Tibet The Path To Mount Kailash.

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Big History
Everything is Connected

The Big History series asks questions guaranteed to change the way you look at the past. Did Napoleon’s invasion of Russia come undone because of…tin buttons?  Did New York become America’s biggest city because of…salt? How does the sinking of the Titanic power your cell phone? What’s the connection between ancient Egyptian mummies and a modern ham and cheese sandwich? By weaving science into the core of the human story, Big History takes familiar subjects and gives them a twist that will have you rethinking everything from the Big Bang to today’s headlines. The series creates an interconnected panorama of patterns and themes that links history to dozens of fields including astronomy, biology, chemistry, and geology.  The first season ends with a two-hour finale that pulls everything we know about science and history into one grand narrative of the universe and us.

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Directed by Paul Lang
Produced by Paul Lang & David Springbett
for CBC's "The Nature of Things"
Executive Producer: Michael Allder
Presented by David Suzuki
With Janine Benyus

The programs put us in touch with men and women who believe our teachers are all around us. These biomimics are learning from our fellow earthlings - the ecological survivors who have prospered for millions of years. They've survived and met their needs while creating conditions conducive to life for all others around them.

After decades of research into the lives of insects, bivalves, plants and mammals, biomimics are uncovering major insights into how life occurs. Their explorations of nature aren't so much "about" nature in order to circumvent or control her. Instead, biomimics are guided by humility as they begin to learn "from" nature so we can learn to fit in alongside the rest of nature, at last and for good.

After 3.8 billion years, `life' knows what works and what lasts on earth. Mimicking these designs and strategies - their recipes - could change the way we grow food, harness solar energy, run businesses, even the way we make materials.

The two programs introduce us to several scientists, businesspeople, and authors in this field. Featured in the first program are: Wes Jackson of The Land Institute in Texas; Ray Anderson, CEO of Interface, Inc.; Paul Hawken, author "Natural Capitalism"; and of course Janine Benyus, who co-hosts the program. In the second program we meet Herbert Waite, a biologist at USC - Santa Barbara; Robin Garrell, an organic chemist at UCLA; and Jeff Brinker of Sandia National Labs.


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Blue Gold: World Water Wars

In every corner of the globe, we are polluting, diverting, pumping, and wasting our limited supply of fresh water at an expediential level as population and technology grows. The rampant overdevelopment of agriculture, housing and industry increase the demands for fresh water well beyond the finite supply, resulting in the desertification of the earth.

Corporate giants force developing countries to privatize their water supply for profit. Wall Street investors target desalination and mass bulk water export schemes. Corrupt governments use water for economic and political gain. Military control of water emerges and a new geo-political map and power structure forms, setting the stage for world water wars.

We follow numerous worldwide examples of people fighting for their basic right to water, from court cases to violent revolutions to U.N. conventions to revised constitutions to local protests at grade schools. As Maude Barlow proclaims, “This is our revolution, this is our war”. A line is crossed as water becomes a commodity. Will we survive?


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Body Talk Perspectives

This DVD contains three video clips: an introduction to the BodyTalk System, an introduction to BodyTalk Access and a media report on BodyTalk. These excellent, short overviews of BodyTalk make the disc great for use in your waiting room or to lend to clients.


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Campus Ecology:
Higher Learning for a Higher Purpose

This program looks at how ecology is an integral part of life on four campuses, how the conservation programs are bridging theory with practice within those settings as well as how these colleges and universities are addressing environmental concerns. It illustrates energy efficiency, greenscaping, green building and waste reduction projects.


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Canticle to the Cosmos
With Brian Swimme

Canticle to the Cosmos tells the scientific story of the Universe with a feeling for its sacred nature. Brain Swimme, BS, PhD., featured in the BBS series Soul of the Universe along with Stephen Hawkins, hosts this classic series on the New Story of the Universe. Designed to be used as part of an academic curriculum, in small group study, or for individual enrichment.

12 -60 Minute Programs Include:

  1. The Story of Our Time

  2. The Primeval Fireball

  3. Feast of Consciousness

  4. Fundamental Order of the Universe

  5. Destruction and Loss

  6. A Magical Planet

  1. Sex, Death & Dreams

  2. The Nature of the Human

  3. Fire in the Mind

  4. The Timing of Creativity

  5. The Human Story

  6. A New Prosperity

Brian Swimme is a mathematical cosmologist of the graduate faculty of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

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Carbon Nation

Directed by Peter Byck
Starring Bill Kurtis, Richard Branson

An optimistic, solutions-based, non-preachy, big tent film that shows tackling climate change boosts the economy, increases national security and promotes health & a clean environment.


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La Casa Ausente
By architect Fernando Abruña Charneco

A Caribbean designer pioneered green architecture 30 years ago, and now confronts climate change with sustainable constructions such as a house without a roof.


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Children and Nature
Awakening a Sense of Wonder

Dr. Jane Goodall believes it is essential that parents and other mentors of children guide them to make meaningful connections with the natural world. To help accomplish this, she has initiated a program called Roots and Shoots, now in 29 countries. Joining her in expressing the importance of enabling children to form a close relationship with nature are Dr. Sylvia Earle, world-renowned marine biologist, Lee Cole, naturalist and children's guide at Hidden Villa Farm and Wilderness Preserve in California, and Jeff Rutherford, director of the Marine Research Institute, a ship and shore program for children on San Francisco Bay.


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Citizen Architect
Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio

In 1993 the late architect and MacArthur Genius Samuel Mockbee started the Rural Studio, a design/build education program, in which students create striking architecture for impoverished communities in rural Alabama. Guided by frank, passionate interviews with Mockbee, Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio shows how a group of students use their creativity, ingenuity and compassion to craft a home for their charismatic client, Jimmie Lee Matthews, known to locals as Music Man because of his zeal for old R&B and Soul records. The film reveals that the Rural Studio is about more than architecture and building. Mockbee's program provides students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities. Interviews with Mockbee s peers and scenes with those he s influenced infuse the film with a larger discussion of architecture s role in issues of poverty, class, race, education, social change and citizenship.


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CIW and the Campaign for Fair Food
PBS with David Brancaccio

It’s the dirty little secret of our fast food nation: the people who pick the cheap fruits and vegetables we enjoy every day are among the worst paid and worst treated workers in America. So how did a small band of immigrant workers pressure the largest fast food company in the world to do something that could help transform these workers lives? NOW tells the remarkable David vs. Goliath story of a group of Florida tomato pickers that went toe to toe with a corporate giant and won. Overcoming a climate of fear and violence, these workers fought an incredible four-year battle against Taco Bell and its parent company, Yum! Brands, to improve their working conditions and wages. Their success may have sparked a movement that could have important consequences for the nation.


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limate Change:
Despair and Empowerment Roadshow

Ross Gelbspan, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Boiling Point”, speaks about climate change; the politics and solutions. John Seed addresses the psychological tools that will help us handle the feelings of despair that may arise from contemplating this material, and how we can transform these feelings into empowerment and creative action.


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The Corporation

WINNER OF 26 INTERNATIONAL AWARDS! 10 Audience Choice Awards including the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Provoking, witty, stylish and sweepingly informative, THE CORPORATION explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Part film and part movement, The Corporation is transforming audiences and dazzling critics with its insightful and compelling analysis. Taking its status as a legal "person" to the logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist's couch to ask "What kind of person is it?" The Corporation includes interviews with 40 corporate insiders and critics - including Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Milton Friedman, Howard Zinn, Vandana Shiva and Michael Moore - plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change.


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The Collective Thoughts of Thomas Berry

Thomas Berry, C.P., PhD (November 9, 1914 – June 1, 2009) was a Catholic priest of the Passionist order, cultural historian and ecotheologian (although cosmologist and geologian – or “Earth scholar” – were his preferred descriptors). Among advocates of deep ecology and "ecospirituality" he is famous for proposing that a deep understanding of the history and functioning of the evolving universe is a necessary inspiration and guide for our own effective functioning as individuals and as a species. He is considered a leader in the tradition of Teilhard de Chardin.



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A Conversation With Peter Raven


Peter H. Raven is one of the world's leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity.

For four decades, he headed the Missouri Botanical Garden, an institution he nurtured into a world-class center for botanical research, education and horticultural display. He retired as president in 2010 and assumed the role of president emeritus and consultant through 2014.



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Cosmic Voyage

Written and Directed by Bayley Silleck
Produced by Jeffrey Marvin and Bayley Silleck
Narrated by Morgan Freeman

The Academy Award nominee Cosmic Voyage combines live action with state-of-the-art computer-generated imagery to pinpoint where humans fit in our ever-expanding universe. Highlighting this journey is a "cosmic zoom" based on the powers of 10, extending from the surface of Earth to the largest observable structures of the universe, and then back to the subnuclear realm--a guided tour across 42 orders of magnitude!

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Cosmogenesis and Journey of a Silica Atom

Using space images from Nasa, Elisabet Sahtouris weaves a moving and poetic story of the 15 billion years of cosmic evolution


Journey of a Silica Atom
In this intriguing take one experiences the incredible interconnectedness of all our planet's geology and biology in a single living system.







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Crude: The Real Price of Oil

The story of lawsuit by tens of thousands of Ecuadorans against Chevron over contamination of the Ecuadorean Amazon.

One of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. An inside look at the infamous $27 billion "Amazon Chernobyl" case, CRUDE is a real-life high stakes legal drama set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film examines a complicated situation from several angles while bringing a story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus.



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A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

A 90 minute documentary on the planet's dwindling oil resources

OilCrash, produced and directed by award-winning European journalists and filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack, tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visits with the world’s top experts and comes to a startling, but logical conclusion – our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled.

The film includes in-depth, thought-provoking interviews with Colin Campbell, Matt Simmons, Roscoe Bartlett, David Goodstein, Matt Savinar, Terry Lynn Karl, Fadhil Chalabi, Robert Ebel and many others.  Shot on location at oil fields in Azerbaijan, Venezuela, the Middle East and Texas, with original music by Daniel Schnyder and Philip Glass, the film provides not only questions, but possible solutions to the most perplexing and important economic, environmental and public policy issue of our time

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Dirt!: The Movie

DIRT! The Movie--directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow--takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility--from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

The opening scenes of the film dive into the wonderment of the soil. Made from the same elements as the stars, plants and animals, and us, "dirt is very much alive." Though, in modern industrial pursuits and clamor for both profit and natural resources, our human connection to and respect for soil has been disrupted. "Drought, climate change, even war are all directly related to the way we are treating dirt."

DIRT! the Movie--narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis--brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.

DIRT! the Movie is simply a movie about dirt. The real change lies in our notion of what dirt is. The movie teaches us: "When humans arrived 2 million years ago, everything changed for dirt. And from that moment on, the fate of dirt and humans has been intimately linked." But more than the film and the lessons that it teaches, DIRT the Movie is a call to action.

"The only remedy for disconnecting people from the natural world is connecting them to it again."

What we've destroyed, we can heal.

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Do the Rot Thing

The Simple Art of Home Composting

Do the Rot Thing – The Simple Art of Home Composting Award winning video that demonstrates the basic steps and shares simple tips for making home composting fun and easy.


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Earth on Edge

Filmed in collaboration with the World Resources Institute, this Bill Moyers program assesses the state of the environment. Combining interviews with leading scientists and reports from Mongolia, British Columbia, Brazil, South Africa, and the state of Kansas, Moyers and his team of award-wining producers explore the impact that human activities have had on the planet while posing an urgent question: What is happening to Earth's capacity to support nature and civilization? Computer graphics enhance this gripping documentary.







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Earth Economy, Human Economy

Closing the Gap

Sister Miriam MacGillis is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey. She lives and works at Genesis Farm, which she co-founded in 1980 with the sponsorship of her Dominican congregation. Genesis Farm is a learning center of Earth Studies, practicing biodynamic methods of agriculture, which are in tune with the natural rhythms of the Earth.





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The Earth is the Lord's

A project of Environmental Justice Program of the United States Catholic Conference

Lecture by Sister Diane Bergant who speaks on Psalm 24 with the message that God gave us the Earth as a gift.

Videotaped by media services at Saint Xavier University in 1997.






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The End of Suburbia

Since World War II North Americans have invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years, so too has the suburban way of life become embedded in the American consciousness.


Suburbia, and all it promises, has become the American Dream.

But as we enter the 21st century, serious questions are beginning to emerge about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches a critical era, as global demand for fossil fuels begins to outstrip supply. World Oil Peak and the inevitable decline of fossil fuels are upon us now, some scientists and policy makers argue in this documentary.


The consequences of inaction in the face of this global crisis are enormous. What does Oil Peak mean for North America? As energy prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react to the collapse of their dream? Are today's suburbs destined to become the slums of tomorrow? And what can be done NOW, individually and collectively, to avoid The End of Suburbia ?



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Energy Crossroads

This award-winning documentary exposes the problems associated with our current fossil fuel economy and also goes the next step to showcase concrete solutions for those who want to educate themselves and be part of the solution. The film features passionate individuals, entrepreneurs, experts and scientists at the forefront of their field. Energy Crossroads has been praised and recommended by scientists, educators and the public at large as one of the most comprehensive films on the current state of our fossil fuel economy.




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Environmentalists Under Fire: 10 Urgent Cases of Human Rights Activists

Amnesty International & the Sierra Club have come together in a one-of-a-kind collaboration on the behalf of environmental defenders. The goal of this joint endeavor is to shine a bright light on nations where human rights abuses are being committed against environmental activists and take action immediately to stop the abuses suffered by environmentalists who are being beaten, harassed, detained, raped, tortured and murdered.






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Expedition Florida

The first episode, Expedition Florida: From Exploration to Exhibition, takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the Florida Museum as teams of scientists, curators and artists transform remarkable discoveries such as a 14-foot-tall mammoth skeleton, a 200-year-old albino crayfish, and ancient Calusa Indian masks and fishing tools into museum exhibits.

From Exploration to Exhibition was shot at various sites beneath the Aucilla River; on location in Florida's largest underground cavern; and at a replicated Calusa Indian fish camp constructed for the film on a Southwest Florida mangrove beach.

Additional scenes introduce the viewer to Powell Hall, the museum's exhibition and education center. At Powell Hall, exhibit designers and artists explore new and imaginative ways for visitors to interact with the museum's collection of artifacts and explore life-like natural habitats.

This program was awarded a Suncoast Regional Emmy Award and the Edward R. Murrow Award for radio feature writing. It was released in 1999.







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Exploring a New Cosmology

Reflections on the Writings of Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme, Parts 1-4

1 Videocassette (VHS, 82 Min.) Miriam Therese MacGillis. Palo Alto, Calif. : Foundation for Global Community.


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Evolution and Religion

God After Darwin

In God After Darwin, John F. Haught argues that the ongoing debate between Darwinian evolutionists and Christian apologists is fundamentally misdirected: Both sides persist in focusing on an explanation of underlying design and order in the universe. Haught suggests that what is lacking in both of these competing ideologies is the notion of novelty, a necessary component of evolution and the essence of the unfolding of divine mystery. He argues that Darwin's disturbing picture of life, instead of being hostile to religion - as scientific skeptics and many believers have thought it to be - actually provides a most fertile setting for mature reflection on the idea of God.




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Florida Geology Unearthed

Title from cover of container and videocassette label.

Includes a copy of "Florida's geological history and geological resources," edited by Ed Lane.

Video produced by Jon Arthur; directed by Diane Wilkins; written by Nathan Hipps; filmed by Diane Wilkins and Robert Seidler. Narrated by John Schultz, Ann Daugherty, and Diane Wilkins. Starring Bill Kimble, Will Stith, and Kristen Wilson; featuring Heather Brown, Carmen Cummings, and Tamara Gant.

Educator's Guide by Ed Lane and Frank Rupert.

This material was developed by the Florida Geological Survey in conjunction with the Florida Geology Education Video Project, and financial assistance was provided through a grant from the Florida Advisory Council on Environmental Education with proceeds from the sale of manatee and panther license plates.

 Florida geology, ecosystems, and you --

Geological time, rocks and minerals, and fossils --

Geological hazards --

Economic minerals, water resources, and waste disposal --

Environmental concerns and geological careers



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Food Chains

In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States.

There is more interest in food these days than ever, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Farmworkers, the foundation of our fresh food industry, are routinely abused and robbed of wages. In extreme cases they can be beaten, sexually harassed or even enslaved – all within the borders of the United States.

Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger – earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past 3 decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. Yet many take no responsibility for this.

The narrative of the film focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW – who are revolutionizing farm labor. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed – to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain.

Food Chains premiered at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival and screened subsequently at the Tribeca Film Festival and Guadalajara Film Festival.  Food Chains will be released nationwide November 21st. The film’s Executive Producers include Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser.




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How did a handful of corporations steal our water?

Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis.

Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.

Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?"

Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.

On December 10th, 2008 FLOW was invited to screen at the United Nations as part of the 60th Anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.

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Food for Thought

Do you know that many of the foods on our supermarket shelves - including most of the corn and soy and canola products - are genetically engineered? Did you know that scientists are crossing species that would never breed in nature, such as tomatoes and fish, or toads and potatoes? How do you feel about eating genetically altered food that actually is a pesticide?

None of these genetically engineered foods are tested or labeled by the government, yet many of us are unknowingly eating them every day. European countries are resisting what many people are branding as "Frankenfoods." Here in the U.S. the situation will only get worse until the American public demands the right to know which foods have been genetically altered.

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Food, Inc.

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.


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Forks Over Knives
starring T. Colin Campbell and Caldwell B. Esselstyn

FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called "diseases of affluence" that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.

Dr. Campbell, a nutritional scientist at Cornell University, was concerned in the late 1960's with producing "high quality" animal protein to bring to the poor and malnourished areas of the third world. While in the Philippines, he made a life-changing discovery: the country's wealthier children, who were consuming relatively high amounts of animal-based foods, were much more likely to get liver cancer. Dr. Esselstyn, a top surgeon and head of the Breast Cancer Task Force at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, found that many of the diseases he routinely treated were virtually unknown in parts of the world where animal-based foods were rarely consumed.

These discoveries inspired Campbell and Esselstyn, who didn't know each other yet, to conduct several groundbreaking studies. One of them took place in China and is still among the most comprehensive health-related investigations ever undertaken. Their research led them to a startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented - and in many cases reversed - by adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet. Despite the profound implications of their findings, their work has remained relatively unknown to the public. The filmmakers travel with Drs. Campbell and Esselstyn on their separate but similar paths, from their childhood farms where they both produced "nature's perfect food"; to China and Cleveland, where they explored ideas that challenged the established thinking and shook their own core beliefs.

The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. Throughout the film, cameras follow "reality patients" who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments - while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed.



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Eleven years in the making, FUEL is the in-depth personal journey of filmmaker and eco-evangelist Josh Tickell, who takes us on a hip, fast-paced road trip into America’s dependence on foreign oil. Combining a history lesson of the US auto and petroleum industries and interviews with a wide range of policy makers, educators, and activists such as Woody Harrelson, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young and Willie Nelson. Animated by powerful graphics, FUEL looks into our future offering hope via a wide-range of renewable energy and bio-fuels. Winner of the Sundance Audience Award.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Trailers, Sustainable Biodiesel Extra with HERObx, Building a Green Bottom Line with John Paul Dejoria, How to Get 150MPG from Your Prius, How to Save Thousands Through Energy Efficiency, Director and Creative Team Commentary



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The Future of Food

There is a revolution happening in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America -- a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat.

THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade.

From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico, this film gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this new technology. The health implications, government policies and push towards globalization are all part of the reason why many people are alarmed by the introduction of genetically altered crops into our food supply.

Shot on location in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, THE FUTURE OF FOOD examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat as huge multinational corporations seek to control the world's food system. The film also explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, placing organic and sustainable agriculture as real solutions to the farm crisis today.


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Garbage Warrior

Renegade architect Michael Reynolds and his green disciples have devoted their time to advancing the art of “Earthship Biotecture” – passive, solar, off-the-grid, sustainable housing. Earthship n. 1. passive solar home made of natural and recycled materials 2. thermal mass construction for temperature stabilization. 3. renewable energy & integrated water systems make the Earthship an off-grid home with little to no utility bills. Biotecture n. 1. the profession of designing buildings and environments with consideration for their sustainability. 2. A combination of biology and architecture.




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The Garden
A film by Scott Hamilton Kennedy

The fourteen-acre community garden at 41st and Alameda in South Central Los Angeles is the largest of its kind in the United States. Started as a form of healing after the devastating L.A. riots in 1992, the South Central Farmers have since created a miracle in one of the country’s most blighted neighborhoods. Growing their own food. Feeding their families. Creating a community.

But now, bulldozers are poised to level their 14-acre oasis.

The Garden follows the plight of the farmers, from the tilled soil of this urban farm to the polished marble of City Hall. Mostly immigrants from Latin America, from countries where they feared for their lives if they were to speak out, we watch them organize, fight back, and demand answers:

Why was the land sold to a wealthy developer for millions less than fair-market value? Why was the transaction done in a closed-door session of the LA City Council? Why has it never been made public?

And the powers-that-be have the same response: “The garden is wonderful, but there is nothing more we can do.”

If everyone told you nothing more could be done, would you give up?

The Garden has the pulse of verité with the narrative pull of fiction, telling the story of the country’s largest urban farm, backroom deals, land developers, green politics, money, poverty, power, and racial discord. The film explores and exposes the fault lines in American society and raises crucial and challenging questions about liberty, equality, and justice for the poorest and most vulnerable among us.

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Written by Sundance Film Festival

It is happening all across America-rural landowners wake up one day to find a lucrative offer from an energy company wanting to lease their property. Reason? The company hopes to tap into a reservoir dubbed the "Saudi Arabia of natural gas." Halliburton developed a way to get the gas out of the ground-a hydraulic drilling process called "fracking"-and suddenly America finds itself on the precipice of becoming an energy superpower.


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Gimme Green

Gimme Green is a humorous look at the American obsession with the residential lawn and the effects it has on our environment, our wallets and our outlook on life. From the limitless subdivisions of Florida to sod farms in the arid southwest, Gimme Green peers behind the curtain of the $40-billion industry that fuels our nation's largest irrigated crop-the lawn.


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The Global Banquet
Politics of Food

Part 1 Who's Invited?: Giant corporations allowed to control the world's food system through free trade policies. Timely and provocative, this video examines how the corporate globalization of food threatens the livelihoods of small farmers in the U.S. and developing countries, and how free trade is the route to mounting hunger worldwide, despite an overabundance of food.

Part 2 What's on the Menu?: Mass produced, low-cost food imports to developing countries; cash crop exports that deplete natural resources and render developing countries unable to feed themselves; and some genetically modified crops. Farmers, laborers, environmentalists, animal rights activists, church groups and students work to rewrite unjust free trade policies. (2001)

Cine Golden Eagle Award Winner. Creative Excellence: U.S. International Film & Video Festival

Study Guides

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The Global Brain

and The White Hole in Time

Peter Russell's original ground-breaking video explores the idea of the Earth as an integrated self-regulated living organism (Gaia), and considers what function the human race may be playing in this system. Using specially generated graphics and visual collages, this video presents an inspiring and optimistic vision of humanity's future in a dynamic and captivating form. Praised by educators and politicians, and used by many international corporations, "The Global Brain" is compelling and challenging viewing.

Peter Russell proposes that we stand on the threshold of a major leap in evolution, as significant as the emergence of life itself, and the essence of this leap is inner spiritual development. Moreover, he maintains that it is only through such a shift in consciousness that we will be able to manage successfully the global crises now facing us.



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The Goose with the Golden Eggs

Provocative and informative, The Goose with the Golden Eggs, examines the impacts of different models of coastal tourism in Costa Rica, from small-scale eco-lodges and a sustainable mid-sized resort to large-scale resorts, vacation homes, and cruise ships along the northern Pacific Coast. The film features interviews with Margarita Penon, Costa Rica’s former First Lady and member of Congress, as well as with other government officials, tourism experts, and residents of coastal communities who are affected by Costa Rica’s tourism boom.



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GMO Trilogy

TWhiy Genetically modified organisms threaten your health, the environment and future generations

3 Dis Set

Unnatural Selection

Hidden Dangers in Kids' Meals

You're Eathing WHAT?


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The Great Squeeze
Surviving the Human Project
directed by Christophe Fauchere

The Great Squeeze explores our current ecological and economic crisis stemming from our dependence on cheap and abundant energy. Although our actions have lifted our civilization to new heights, it has come at a tremendous price

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The New Red, White and Blue

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman travels the globe to unravel the tangled web of where we get our energy and what we can do to change its effects on the planet. He visits the front lines of a revolution that is just now taking shape, and shows what is at stake for all of us.

Friedman starts with businesses whose products we use every day. At Google, he discovers one of the unexpected byproducts of internet searches: heat. This heat takes a lot of energy to cool. Google is finding new ways to solve this problem. At Wal-Mart, a new prototype green superstore is being planned. The new stores would save Wal-Mart billions of dollars, all while helping the Earth. From Main Street America to the highest offices in the country, we find out what can and is being done. Political leaders are getting smart to going green, too. In Montana, the governor is on a quest to clean up coal; the governor of California is helping pass some of the country's greenest laws.

Global warming may be an inconvenient truth, but there are solutions, and they are taking hold at a grassroots level. America is embracing the new green revolution sprouting from its red, white and blue roots. Reducing energy consumption and global warming begins at home. Just ask the greens.

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The Great Story

49 minutes
Produced by Nancy Stetson and Penny Morrell
Edited by Emma Morris and Jane Zipp
Original Music by Gary Schreiner

The Great Story is a 50 minute documentary film for educational venues and public broadcast portraying the life and work of Thomas Berry. The film displays the beauty of the natural world as Berry tells the story of the universe emergence and highlights the critical environmental crisis we are currently facing.

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 were 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 said, "I am not myself without everything else."

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Growing Cities

A documentary film that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat

In their search for answers, filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette take a road trip and meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time.

Join them as they discover that good food isn’t the only crop these urban visionaries are harvesting. They’re producing stronger and more vibrant communities, too.

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Half the Sky:
Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's groundbreaking book, HALF THE SKY: TURNING OPPRESSION INTO OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN WORLDWIDE takes on the central moral challenge of the 21st century: the oppression of women and girls worldwide.

Take an unforgettable journey with six actress/advocates and New York Times journalist Kristof to meet some of the most courageous individuals of our time, who are doing extraordinary work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of heartbreaking challenge, dramatic transformation and enduring hope. You will be shocked, outraged, brought to tears. Most important, you will be inspired by the resilience of the human spirit and the capabilities of women and girls to realize their staggering potential.

HALF THE SKY is a passionate call-to-arms, urging us not only to bear witness to the plight of the world's women, but to help to transform their oppression into opportunity. Our future is in the hands of women, everywhere.


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The Hidden Heart of the Cosmos
by Brian Swimme
80 minutes

What does it mean to be human, to be alive on planet Earth in the midst of the vast universe as it is now understood? Cosmologist Brian Swimme takes us on an exhilarating journey in search of the new story that is developing in answer to this question. From the Milky Way to the Virgo Cluster of galaxies. Drawing on 20th century discoveries in quantum physics and cosmology, he presents a stunning perspective.

Highly Recommended - 3½ Stars - Video Librarian
Inspiring to teachers, college classes and the philosophically inclined. - Booklist
Bronze Apple Winner - National Educational Media Award


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An Inconvenient Truth

Humanity is sitting on a ticking time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced. If that sounds like a recipe for serious gloom and doom -- think again. From director Davis Guggenheim comes the Sundance Film Festival hit, AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, which offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. That man is former Vice President Al Gore, who, in the wake of defeat in the 2000 election, re-set the course of his life to focus on a last-ditch, all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change. In this eye-opening and poignant portrait of Gore and his "traveling global warming show," Gore also proves himself to be one of the most misunderstood characters in modern American public life. Here he is seen as never before in the media - funny, engaging, open and downright on fire about getting the surprisingly stirring truth about what he calls our "planetary emergency" out to ordinary citizens before it's too late.



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Island President

Jon Shenk’s The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.

The Island President captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Nasheed is unusually candid about revealing his strategies—leveraging the Maldives’ underdog position as a tiny country, harnessing the power of media, and overcoming deadlocks through an appeal to unity with other developing nations. When hope fades for a written accord to be signed, Nasheed makes a stirring speech which salvages an agreement. Despite the modest size of his country, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.


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 John Seed’s  US Roadshow 2005

In different locations and settings, John Seed discusses the importance of the earth and the need to keep the environment safe. Filmed and edited by Jeremiah Wallack.


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Journey of the Universe

Today we know what no previous generation knew: the history of the universe and of the unfolding of life on Earth. Through the astonishing combined achievements of natural scientists worldwide, we now have a detailed account of how galaxies and stars, planets and living organisms, human beings and human consciousness came to be. And yet . . . we thirst for answers to questions that have haunted humanity from the very beginning. What is our place in the 14-billion-year history of the universe? What roles do we play in Earth's history? How do we connect with the intricate web of life on Earth?

In Journey of the Universe Brian Thomas Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker tell the epic story of the universe from an inspired new perspective, weaving the findings of modern science together with enduring wisdom found in the humanistic traditions of the West, China, India, and indigenous peoples. They explore cosmic evolution as a profoundly wondrous process based on creativity, connection, and interdependence, and they envision an unprecedented opportunity for the world's people to address the daunting ecological and social challenges of our times.

Journey of the Universe transforms how we understand our origins and envision our future.


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Keeping the Earth
Religious and scientific perspectives on the environment

This inspirational video calls on all Americans to serve as good stewards of the natural world. Prominent scientists and religious leaders offer their perspectives on the need to protect our environment and the diverse species that share it.



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Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America

Award-winning film Kilowatt Ours: A Plan to Re-Energize America, is a timely, solutions-oriented look at one of America s most pressing environmental challenges: energy. Filmmaker Jeff Barrie offers hope as he turns the camera on himself and asks, How can I make a difference? In his journey Barrie explores the source of our electricity and the problems caused by energy production including mountain top removal, childhood asthma and global warming. Along the way he encounters individuals, businesses, organizations, and communities who are leading the way, using energy conservation, efficiency and renewable, green power all while saving money and the environment. This often amusing and always inspiring story shows you can easily make a difference and here's how!

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King Corn
You Are What You Eat
90 minutes

KING CORN is a fun and crusading journey into the digestive tract of our fast food nation where one ultra-industrial, pesticide-laden, heavily-subsidized commodity dominates the food pyramid from top to bottom corn. Fueled by curiosity and a dash of naiveté, college buddies Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis return to their ancestral home of Greene, Iowa to figure out how a modest kernel conquered America.

With the help of some real farmers, oodles of fertilizer and government aide, and some genetically modified seeds, the friends manage to grow one acre of corn. Along the way, they unlock the hilarious absurdities and scary but hidden truths about America s modern food system in this engrossing and eye-opening documentary. 

A graceful and frequently humorous film that captures the idiosyncrasies of its characters and never hectors (Salon), KING CORN shows how and why whenever you eat a hamburger or drink a soda, you are really consuming corn.

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Life Guides Diet For a New America
Your Health, Your Planet

Host John Robbins presents his theories on the environmental and personal health consequences of a diet based on animal products. He calls for a return to a conscientious and caring lifestyle.

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The Living Land

Over many years, our methods of growing food have become ever more mechanized and more complex. At the same time, we’ve lost millions of acres of good soil to pollution, erosion, and an ever growing population. There is now an increasing awareness of the need to change our perceptions about how we grow our food and how we treat the land. This program features four individuals on the frontier of this effort. JOHN JEAVONS Founder of Ecology Action and internationally known for his work developing small-scale sustainable food production techniques. WES JACKSON Born and raised on the Great Plains, he holds degrees in both botany and genetics. For than 25 years, his Land Institute has been working on a revolutionary concept known as Natural Systems Agriculture to develop perennial grain varieties.

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Manufacturing Consent - Noam Chomsky and the Media

Funny, provocative and surprisingly accessible, MANUFACTURING CONSENT explores the political life and ideas of world-renowned linguist, intellectual and political activist Noam Chomsky. Through a dynamic collage of biography, archival gems, imaginative graphics and outrageous illustrations, Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick's award-winning documentary highlights Chomsky's probing analysis of mass media and his critique of the forces at work behind the daily news. Available for the first time anywhere on DVD, MANUFACTURING CONSENT features appearances by journalists Bill Moyers and Peter Jennings, pundit William F. Buckley Jr., novelist Tom Wolfe and philosopher Michel Foucault. This Edition features an exclusive ten-years-after video interview with Chomsky.


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Miriam Macgillis Panel: Earth Wisdom, Elder Wisdom

Sister Miriam MacGillis is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey. She lives and works at Genesis Farm, which she co-founded in 1980 with the sponsorship of her Dominican congregation. Genesis Farm is a learning center of Earth Studies, practicing biodynamic methods of agriculture, which are in tune with the natural rhythms of the Earth. Miriam invites us to see ourselves as a living part of a living cosmos, and lectures extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.


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More Than Honey

Over the past 15 years, numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of this disaster remain unknown. Depending on the world region, 50% to 90% of all local bees have disappeared, and this epidemic is still spreading from beehive to beehive – all over the planet. Everywhere, the same scenario is repeated: billions of bees leave their hives, never to return. No bodies are found in the immediate surroundings, and no visible predators can be located.

In the US, the latest estimates suggest that a total of 1.5 million (out of 2.4 million total beehives) have disappeared across 27 states. In Germany, according to the national beekeepers association, one fourth of all colonies have been destroyed, with losses reaching up to 80% on some farms. The same phenomenon has been observed in Switzerland, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Austria, Poland and England, where this syndrome has been nicknamed “the Mary Celeste Phenomenon”, after a ship whose crew vanished in 1872.

Scientists have found a name for the phenomenon that matches its scale, “colony collapse disorder,” and they have good reason to be worried: 80% of plant species require bees to be pollinated. Without bees, there is no pollinization, and fruits and vegetables could disappear from the face of the Earth. Apis mellifera (the honey bee), which appeared on Earth 60 million years before man and is as indispensable to the economy as it is to man’s survival.

Should we blame pesticides or even medication used to combat them? Maybe look at parasites such as varroa mites? New viruses? Travelling stress? The multiplication of electromagnetic waves disturbing the magnetite nanoparticles found in the bees’ abdomen? So far, it looks like a combination of all these agents has been responsible for the weakening of the bees’ immune defenses.

Fifty years ago, Einstein had already insisted on the symbiotic relationship binding these pollen gatherers to mankind: “If bees were to disappear from the globe,” he predicted, “mankind would only have four years left to live.”


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New Earth Education Tapes 1 and 2

pt. 1. A Short history of the universe--pt. 2. Four stages of the evolution of the universe--pt. 3. The evolving community on Earth--pt. 4. The first course: An Overview of all six courses--pt. 5. Comments on the first course: Four stages of the evolution of the universe--pt. 6. The Second course: Early human development--pt. 7. The third course: The Great civilizations--pt. 8. The Fourth course: Science and technology--pt. 9. The Fifth course: The Present moment--pt. 10. A Short history of patriarchy--pt. 11. The Sixth course: Evolving values.

With Miriam MacGillis, produced by Lou Niznik, sponsored by the Environmental Ethics Institute.


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The Next Industrial Revolution

Directed by Chris Bedford & Shelley Morhaim
Produced by Shelley Morhaim for Earthome Productions
Narrated by Susan Sarandon

While some environmental observers predict doomsday scenarios in which a rapidly increasing human population is forced to compete for ever scarcer natural resources, Bill McDonough sees a more exciting and hopeful future.

In his vision humanity takes nature itself as our guide reinventing technical enterprises to be as safe and ever-renewing as natural processes.

Can't happen? It's already Nike, at Ford Motor Company, at Oberlin College, at Herman Miller Furniture, and at DesignTex...and it's part of what architect McDonough and his partner, chemist Michael Braungart, call 'The Next Industrial Revolution.'

Shot in Europe and the United States, the film explores how businesses are transforming themselves to work with nature and enhance profitability.

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No Impact Man

Follow the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact.

Author Colin Beavan, in research for his next book, began the No Impact Project in November 2006.  A newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no longer avoid pointing the finger at himself, Colin leaves behind his liberal complacency and vows to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year.  No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption…no problem.  That is, until his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife, Michelle, and their two year-old daughter are dragged into the fray.  What began as one man’s environmental experiment quickly becomes an experiment in how much one woman is willing to sacrifice for her husband’s dreams.  Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein’s film provides both a front-row seat into the experiment that became a national fascination and media sensation, and a behind-the-scenes look at the marital challenges that result from Colin and Michelle’s radical lifestyle change. Click here for more information about the movie.



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Now with Bill Moyers: Kids with Chemicals

Over the past 50 years, synthetic chemicals increasingly have become a part of our everyday lives. In many cases, these chemicals make daily life easier and better. They help keep our homes clean, kill pests, and increase food production. But the toxic effects of many of these chemicals are poorly understood, especially regarding children. With an increasing number of childhood incidences of asthma, cancer, and learning and behavioral disabilities, scientists are turning their attention to understand what effect synthetic chemicals may be having on children. KIDS AND CHEMICALS, a special report on NOW with Bill Moyers, takes a look at some of these medical maladies affecting children. The program features medical investigators and health officials engaged in the latest research on links between childhood illness and the synthetic chemicals children come in contact with each day.

Whether and how a synthetic chemical affects an individual depends on a number of factors, including the type of substance, the amount of exposure, the person's general health and genetic predispositions, and when during his or her lifetime the exposure occurs. Scientists are just beginning to conduct long-term, in-depth studies to determine some of the effects of exposure to synthetic chemicals. The National Children's Study is a proposed research effort that will look specifically at the risks children face. For more information about the study, see: The National Children's Study Web site (



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OCA National Director Speaks Out on 'Farms Not Arms'

Ronnie Cummins is the Director of the Organic Consumers Association. Here he speaks at a Farms not Arms press conference in New York about the need to understand how the war is impacting the environment, social justice, organics and the sustainability movements. In this excerpt, Cummins focuses on the necessity for these various movements to join together into a united coalition. <;>


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One Earth, One Future, One Peace Lecture

Sister Miriam MacGillis is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey. She lives and works at Genesis Farm, which she co-founded in 1980 with the sponsorship of her Dominican congregation. Genesis Farm is a learning center of Earth Studies, practicing biodynamic methods of agriculture, which are in tune with the natural rhythms of the Earth.


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In Organic We Trust

We can no longer stomach our food system. It's killing more and more Americans and costing billions in healthcare. 78% of Americans eat organic food, because they think it's healthier. But is organic really better for us or just a marketing scam?

When corporations went into the business and "organic" became a brand, everything changed. The philosophy and the label grew apart. Can gummy bears or bananas flown halfway across the world truly be organic?

"In Organic We Trust" is an eye-opening food documentary that looks beyond organic for practical solutions for me and you. Local farmer's markets, school gardens, and urban farms are revolutionizing the way we eat. Change is happening from the soil up.



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Owners of the Water
Conflict and Collaboration Over Rivers
34 Minutes

A collaboration between indigenous filmmakers (a central Brazilian Xavante and a Wayuu from Venezuela) and an anthropologist explores a campaign headed by the Xavante to protect the Rio das Mortes River Basin from the uncontrolled soy cultivation that brings deforestation and pollution to the watershed. The Xavantes’ May 25, 2006 blockade of a national highway in Mato Grosso raises awareness of their concerns and builds support for their efforts.

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Peaceable Kingdom: A Tribe of Heart

A riveting story of transformation and healing, PEACEABLE KINGDOM: THE JOURNEY HOME explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life.

Presented through a woven tapestry of memories, music, and breathtaking accounts of life-altering moments, the film provides insight into the farmers' sometimes amazing connections with the animals under their care, while also making clear the complex web of social, psychological and economic forces that have led them to their present dilemma.



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Planet Earth
Discovery Channel

More than five years in the making, Planet Earth redefines blue-chip natural history filmmaking and continues the Discovery Channel's mission to provide the highest-quality programming in the world. The series will amaze viewers with never-before-seen animal behaviors, startling views of locations captured by cameras for the first time, and unprecedented high-definition production techniques. Award-winning actress and conservationist Sigourney Weaver narrates.

Deserts                     Ice Worlds               Shallow Seas             Pole To Ple

Mountains                  Deep Ocean             Great Plains                Jungles

Fresh Water                Forests                 Caves

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The Pornography of Everyday Life

This trenchant and provocative documentary essay will generate  thought, analysis, and discussion in a wide variety of courses in  women's and gender studies, psychology, sociology, and popular culture. It incorporates more than 200 powerful images from advertising, ancient myth, contemporary art, and popular culture to demonstrate how pornography (defined as the sexualized domination, degradation, and objectification of women and girls and social groups who are put in the demeaned feminine role) is in reality a prevalent mainstream worldview. The film illustrates how the pornographic worldview is a generally accepted discourse, a habitual mode of thinking and acting that underpins not only sexism, but also racism, militarism, physical abuse and torture, and the pillaging of the environment. As such, pornography appears not only in overt, "hard-core" forms, but also in virtually every aspect of everyday life.

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The Power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. Cubans share how they transitioned from a highly mechanized, industrial agricultural system to one using organic methods of farming and local, urban gardens. It is an unusual look into the Cuban culture during this economic crisis, which they call "The Special Period." The film opens with a short history of Peak Oil, a term for the time in our history when world oil production will reach its all-time peak and begin to decline forever. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope.

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Powers of Ten

Powers of Ten is one of the Eameses’ best-known films.  Since it was produced in 1977 it has been seen by millions of people both nationally and internationally.  As with A Communication Primer and 2n (a 2-minute Peep Show from the exhibition, Mathematica), in this film, Charles and Ray employed the system of exponential powers to visualize the importance of scale.

When the Eameses came across the 1957 book by Kees Boeke, Cosmic View: The Universe in Forty Jumps, they decided to use it as the basis of a film investigating the relative size of things and the significance of adding a zero to any number.

Powers of Ten illustrates the universe as an arena of both continuity and change, of everyday picnics and cosmic mystery. It begins with a close-up shot of a man sleeping near the lakeside in Chicago, viewed from one meter away.  The landscape steadily moves out until it reveals the edge of the known universe.  Then, at a rate of 10-to-the-tenth meters per second, the film takes us towards Earth again, continuing back to the sleeping man’s hand and eventually down to the level of a carbon atom.

In 1998, Powers of Ten was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”


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Powers of the Universe
with Brian Swimme
An exploration of the powers coursing through the Universe and each of us.
11 programs, 9 hours

In The Powers of the Universe, cosmologist Dr. Brian Swimme takes you on a journey into the powers that have been active since the beginning of time and are available to you.

How are the powers of the Universe alive within you?

How can you align yourself with these powers?

Experience the joy of recognizing that you are the Universe

Develop a deeper intimacy with Earth,

an erotic relationship with Life.

"The cosmological powers of the Universe are coursing through us moment by moment. To become aware of these powers is to touch the source of Life"

-     - Brian Swimme

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Processed People

Two hundred million Americans are overweight and 100 million are obese. More than 75 million Americans have high blood pressure. 24 million people are diabetic. Heart disease remains the No. 1 cause of death for men and women, followed by stroke and obesity-related cancers. Obesity is about to overtake tobacco as the No. 1 cause of preventable deaths in the United States.

60% of bankruptcies are caused by what has become known as “medical debt.”

Fast food, fast medicine, fast news and fast lives have turned many Americans into a sick, uninformed, indebted, “processed” people.

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Re-Inhabiting Our Backyard

Miriam MacGillis, a Dominican sister leads us in a guided meditation on living in harmony with the land we use.

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Restoring the Everglades

The National Parks and Conservation Association is the only national, nonprofit, citizen organization dedicated to protecting and preserving our country's National Park System and promoting public understanding of our national parks.

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Sacred Balance - TV Series

In the past half-century science and technology have worked wonders – healing disease, extending human lifespans, cloning life-forms, communicating instantaneously with the other side of the globe. But along with all this progress there have been terrible costs: environmental, social, and spiritual.

In Journey Into New Worlds, the opening episode of The Sacred Balance, David Suzuki travels to Arizona, England, Massachusetts and to the Pacific Northwest rainforest in search of a new vision of the Earth and our place on it - a worldview we once had but seem to have forgotten. In The Matrix of Life, Episode II of The Sacred Balance, David Suzuki travels around the world, exploring our intimate relationship with water and air. In part three fire and creation is the theme of exploration and part four is titled "Coming Home."

This four-part series explores science and spirit and rediscovers the human place in nature. Thoughtful, revelatory, eye-opening, brain-opening -David's experiences leave the viewer with a sense of wonder for life in all its diversity and magnificence.

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Santiago’s Story

The story of fair trade coffee and a coffee farmer in Nicaragua.

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A Sense of Place

What is the appropriate relationship between humans and the whole living system? In the act of honoring the connection and dependence which we have with the whole web of life lies the possibility of a deep and abiding communion. If, as author Wendell Berry has written, "you can't know who you are until you know where you are," then the process of discovering and achieving a sense of place may be the most important step in our life's journey. A Sense of Place presents five individuals who are exploring this frontier. A bioregion is that limited place, a place that a human can understand. And once you understand that, then you work out the intricacies of who you are, where you are, how many people you think there are, and how to make all the other species flourish while you are flourishing. Kirkpatrick Sale. The idea of using instructions from the natural world and designing our human processes around those instructions is incredibly new. When you go into a particular place and you ask it, "What will you allow us to do here?" all of a sudden you have place-specific solutions, which are extraordinarily elegant, which don't devastate the world around you. John Todd.

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The Shaman’s  Apprentice

Dr. Mark Plotkin first traveled to the Amazon twenty years ago seeking a cure for diabetes, the disease that killed his grandmothers. There he found extraordinary biological riches. He found a magical world of shape-shifting shamans who healed with sophisticated plant medicines. In this paradise, the renowned scientist and author met the challenge of his life: how could he save this treasure when each year brought more destruction? Rain forest conservation is a familiar issue to every schoolchild; what is less well known is that the cultures of the jungles are disappearing faster than the forests themselves. Yet the indigenous people of the Amazon, living in these remote regions for millennia, are the only true experts about this vast and little understood region. They employ an amazing array of plants for their survival without disturbing the fragile ecology of the jungle. As Mark Plotkin came to understand, when native knowledge is lost we suffer the immeasurable loss of extinction, both spiritually and scientifically. Beautifully filmed in the distant forests of Suriname, this documentary weaves a compelling and complex tale of rainforest medicine, shamanism, persistence, and passion. The Shaman's Apprentice is a luminous and powerful story of one man's quest to preserve the ancient wisdom of our species.


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The Shape of Water

The Shape of Water is a feature documentary that tells the stories of powerful, imaginative and visionary women confronting the destructive development of the Third World with new cultures and a passion for change. The film takes us to Senegal, Israel/Palestine, Brazil, and India where these new cultures, alongside old traditions, end female genital cutting (FGC), offer innovative forms of opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestine, and show how women are spearheading the implementation of renewable resources and rainforest preservation by tapping trees to obtain rubber. The Shape of Wateralso takes us to a vast co-operative of rural women in India (SEWA) and, in the foothills of the Himalayas, to a farm, Navdanya, set up to preserve biodiversity and women’s role as seed keepers. By interweaving images, words, and the actions of Khady, Bilkusben, Oraiza, Dona Antonia, and GilaThe Shape of Water offers fresh and nuanced insights into the lives of women in the Third World.


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Six Degrees Could Change the World

This thought-provoking film tackles in startling detail the alarming changes that may face us all.

As the volume of greenhouse gases increases yearly, scientists are warning that the global average temperature could increase by as much as 6 degrees Celsius over the next century, which would cause our world to change radically. This documentary joins British author Mark Lynas and climate experts as they take a look at what effect each rise of 1ºC could have on the world.

Even if greenhouse emissions stopped overnight, the concentrations already in the atmosphere would still mean a global rise of between 0.5 and 1ºC. But what if the global temperature increased by another degree? According to Mark Lynas, author of Six Degrees, the changes would no longer be gradual. Greenland's glaciers and some of the lower lying islands would start to disappear. At 3ºC higher the Arctic would be ice-free all summer, the Amazon rainforest would begin to dry out and extreme weather patterns would become the norm. An increase of 4ºC would see the oceans rise drastically. Then comes the twilight zone of climate change, if the global temperature rises again by another degree. Part of once temperate regions could become uninhabitable, while humans fight each other for the world's remaining resources. The sixth degree is what is called the doomsday scenario as oceans become marine wastelands, deserts expand and catastrophic events become more common.

If we do nothing to reduce this threat, where will the tipping point be that may mean we are no longer able to stop global warming?


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Spirits of the Rainforest

Journey 3000 miles from the mouth of the Amazon to the world's largest rainforest preserve, the Manu Biosphere Reserve in Peru. The pristine environment contains more species of animals than any other on earth. Encounter six-foot river otters, boat uncharted rivers, and experience the myths and magic of the Machiguenga Indians.


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The Story of Stuff

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.


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Super Size Me (2003)

From The New Yorker
Fascinating and nauseating. As a life-style stunt, the documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock eats only at McDonald's for thirty days. It's not a happy set of meals: he puts on twenty pounds, develops heart palpitations, and is rendered impotent (much to the smirking dismay of his vegan girlfriend). While even "heavy users" of McDonald's don't eat fast food as often as Spurlock does during the experiment, he becomes an overweight case in point that Big Macs and their brethren have contributed to the supersizing and the deteriorating health of Americans. Even more worrying are Spurlock's forays into school cafeterias, which have become nutritional wastelands. He tells this toxic story with visual flair and the statistical punch of an inspired muckraker. And, if you want to eat something after the movie, be sure to look away during the shots of stomach-reducing surgery. -Michael Agger
Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker


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Taking Root
The Vision Of Wangari Maathai

Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simpple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights and defend democracy.

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An award-winning documentary on DVD from the producers of "Who Killed the Electric Car?", Tapped explores the dark side of the bottled water industry. Human beings need clean drinking water to live. It is legal in some states for gigantic bottled water companies to suck public tap water sources dry (even when shortages force residents to ration water) then repackage and resell it at a gigantic markup - with infinitely less regulatory oversight than there is for tap water (and bottled water sold in the same state as it is pumped is virtually unregulated) - but is it ethical? Is the plastic used to create the water bottles truly safe for humans to put in their mouths? Perhaps worst of all is America's catastrophic overall failure to recycle plastic water bottles, resulting in an avalanche of non-biodegradable waste being pitched into landfills, or even straight into the ocean, where plastic bottles form a large part of a floating ocean garbage mound hundreds of square miles large. The bottle deposit laws of some states have been a proven, highly effective method to promote recycling - but because it incurs a minor expense the enormously profitable bottled water industry (an expense otherwise borne by everyone who has to cope with improperly disposed plastic bottle), corporations fight such legislative measures tooth and nail. Corporate control over public water supply, and corporate refusal to help shoulder the burden of recycling the mounds of plastic trash that are the byproducts of its profit, can only be combated by political activism - ordinary citizens getting involved and laying claim to their water rights, as well as their rights to a clean environment. A must-see, highly recommended documentary guaranteed to make viewers think twice before paying through the nose for what is essentially bottled (and smartly advertised) tap water. 75 and 54 minute versions of Tapped are available on the same DVD.

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Thomas Berry Poems and Stories/ Earth Wisdom- Earth Ethics Conference- Participant’s artistic expressions

Thomas Berry, C.P., PhD (November 9, 1914 – June 1, 2009) was a Catholic priest of the Passionist order, cultural historian and ecotheologian (although cosmologist and geologian – or “Earth scholar” – were his preferred descriptors). Among advocates of deep ecology and "ecospirituality" he is famous for proposing that a deep understanding of the history and functioning of the evolving universe is a necessary inspiration and guide for our own effective functioning as individuals and as a species. He is considered a leader in the tradition of Teilhard de Chardin.


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Thomas Berry  - The Great Story

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

He saw his life work as waking us up to that sacred story. He called us "mad" for the way we are despoiling our home, our planet, its beauty, and its living systems. He was
a force that reminded us that we are living through the greatest extinction spasm of the past 65 million years. We are the ones responsible. Berry urged 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 were 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 said, "I am not myself without everything else."


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A Thousand Suns: Food Ecology and Religion in the 21st Century

On Thursday, February 5, Lewis & Clark will join hundreds of institutions nationwide in hosting the National Teach-In on Global Warming: Solutions for the First 100 Days. Meant to encourage dialogue between students and key policy-makers at the local, state and federal level, the teach-in is open to students, faculty, staff, neighbors and any other members of the Lewis & Clark community.

A Thousand Suns tells the story of the Gamo Highlands of the African Rift Valley and the unique worldview held by the people of the region. This isolated area has remained remarkably intact both biologically and culturally. It is one of the most densely populated rural regions of Africa yet its people have been farming sustainably for 10,000 years. Shot in Ethiopia, New York, and Kenya, the film explores the modern world's untenable sense of separation from and superiority over nature and how the interconnected worldview of the Gamo people is fundamental in achieving long-term sustainability, both in the region and beyond.


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Touching Peace

Thich Nhat Hanh is a well known Buddhist monk, scholar and poet. He served as Chair of the Vietnamese Buddhist Peace Delegation to the Paris Peace Talks and was nominated by Martin Luther King Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize. Author of many books, including Being Peace, The Miracle of Mindfulness, and Peace is every step, he now lives in a small meditation community in France, where he writes, teaches, gardens, and helps refugees worldwide.

Here he speaks before and audience of 3,500 about arriving in each moment, getting in touch with our roots, community building, and learning true love.

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Tropical Green 2006

In February of 2006, EEI and MDC hosted a two-day conference exploring sustainability in the South Florida region.

If you are on an MDC campus, follow the link above to links to digitized recordings of the seminars and workshops that took place.

Keynote Speaker - William McDonough

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The Unfolding Story

We live in a time when there is a great need for a story that has the power to connect all peoples. all cultures, all races and religions, a story that will communicate about the living universe which is the context for all life.

From ancient times there have been storytellers passing on wisdom to those whose footsteps would follow in 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 interconnected, interdependent living universe.


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Vanishing of the Bees

Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.

Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

Vanishing of the Bees follows commercial beekeepers David Hackenberg and Dave Mendes as they strive to keep their bees healthy and fulfill pollination contracts across the U.S. The film explores the struggles they face as the two friends plead their case on Capital Hill and travel across the Pacific Ocean in the quest to protect their honeybees.

Filming across the US, in Europe, Australia and Asia, this documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between mankind and mother earth. As scientists puzzle over the cause, organic beekeepers indicate alternative reasons for this tragic loss. Conflicting options abound and after years of research, a definitive answer has not been found to this harrowing mystery.


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Waste Land
directed by Lucy Walker
co-directed by João Jardi and Karen Harley

Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of "catadores" -- or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz's initial objective was to "paint" the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Walker (Devil s Playground, Blindsight, Countdown to Zero) has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.

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Water: Sacred and Profaned

Many documentaries have focused on the various way the Earth’s water has become polluted and profaned. This program explores the sacred nature of this precious gift which is everywhere, surrounding us, enveloping our lives and those of every other living thing. Without water there would be no plants, no food, no fish, no birds, no people, no life.

Six unique men and women share their experiences and insights about water, the most abundant and fundamental element of the Earth. Throughout the program are images of water in all its forms—clouds, snow, rain, ice, rivers,, lakes and oceans—culminating in a four-minute montage of beauty set to the inspiring music of David Foster.


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We are Stardust + The Great Story

Program provided by Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd

Thomas Berry, C.P., PhD (November 9, 1914 – June 1, 2009) was a Catholic priest of the Passionist order, cultural historian and ecotheologian (although cosmologist and geologian – or “Earth scholar” – were his preferred descriptors). Among advocates of deep ecology and "ecospirituality" he is famous for proposing that a deep understanding of the history and functioning of the evolving universe is a necessary inspiration and guide for our own effective functioning as individuals and as a species. He is considered a leader in the tradition of Teilhard de Chardin.

CONNIE BARLOW, a popular science writer and UU humanist, and The Reverend MICHAEL DOWD, a former UCC pastor, have been called "America’s evolutionary evangelists."

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We Are Water
directed by Jill Heinerth

We Are Water is a passionate documentary exploring our spiritual and physical connection with water, the source of life. Breathtaking underwater footage from award winning filmmaker Jill Heinerth. This film labor of love and the continuation of many years of water advocacy. Region free will play in any modern DVD player or computer DVD drive

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What the Bleep Do We Know!?

What the Bleep Do We Know!? takes viewers on a journey to unlock the secrets of life. Follow Amanda (Academy Award-winner Marlee Matlin), a divorced, middle-aged woman who is thrust into a world where science and spirituality converge. As her entire concept of reality is challenged, yours will be too. See for yourself why this groundbreaking movie became one of the most compelling and talked about films of the last decade.


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Who Killed the Electric Car

With gasoline prices approaching $4/gallon, fossil fuel shortages, unrest in oil producing regions around the globe and mainstream consumer adoption and adoption of the hybrid electric car (more than 140,000 Prius' sold this year), this story couldn't be more relevant or important. The foremost goal in making this movie is to educate and enlighten audiences with the story of this car, its place in history and in the larger story of our car culture and how it enables our continuing addiction to foreign oil. This is an important film with an important message that not only calls to task the officials who squelched the Zero Emission Vehicle mandate, but all of the other accomplices, government, the car companies, Big Oil, even Eco-darling Hydrogen as well as consumers, who turned their backs on the car and embrace embracing instead the SUV. Our documentary investigates the death and resurrection of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in our country's future; issues which affect everyone from progressive liberals to the neo-conservative right.

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Wild Earth, Wild Mind, Wild Heart

In this hour-long video, filmed in the spring of 2005, John Seed performs songs and poems and offers detailed introductions to some of the Deep Ecology-based processes he has developed and taken around the world.

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Wisdom of Menopause

Dr Christiane Northrup is one of the world's most trusted medical advisers. In The Wisdom of Menopause, the bestselling author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and Mother-Daughter Wisdom gives you all the medical and nutritional advice you need about the menopause. In particular, Dr Northrup examines the connection between the menopause and a woman's emotional and spiritual development during this important period of her life. Combining expert medical information and advice with mind-body healing, Dr Northrup explains: How to deal with the physical and emotional symptoms of the menopause; How to decide about HRT and alternative supplements; How to prevent long-term problems such as heart disease, hormone-related cancers, and memory loss; How the menopause can become a period of considerable personal empowerment.


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The Witness: Animal People Anthology

How does a construction contractor from a tough Brooklyn neighborhood become an impassioned animal activist?

In the award-winning documentary THE WITNESS, Eddie Lama explains how he feared and avoided animals for most of his life, until the love of a kitten opened his heart, inspiring him to rescue abandoned animals, become a vegetarian, and ultimately, to bring his message of compassion to the streets of New York.

With humor and sincerity, Eddie tells the story of his remarkable change in consciousness, sharing along the way some of the shocking realities of the meat and fur industries.



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Women’s Bodies, Women’s Choices

How can women fully participate in creating good health? Christiane Northrup's ten-point plan puts women on the right track. Fundamental to her teachings is the belief that true health is only possible once we understand the unity of our minds, emotions, spirits and physical bodies. A pioneer in women's health, she has 20 years of clinical medical experience, and was co-founder of Women to Women, an innovative health centre for women, in 1986.


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You and the Earth Parts 1 and 2

Sister Miriam MacGillis is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey. She lives and works at Genesis Farm, which she co-founded in 1980 with the sponsorship of her Dominican congregation. Genesis Farm is a learning center of Earth Studies, practicing biodynamic methods of agriculture, which are in tune with the natural rhythms of the Earth.


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Your Diet, Your Health

In Your Diet, Your Health, Dr. Christiane Northrup emphasizes that eating, healthy high-quality food is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to create health on a daily basis. Since women do most of the food shopping and preparation in this country, they can have a significant impact on their own and their family's health. Dr. Northrup presents her ten-step program for improving basic health through proper diet and nutrition.


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 Chandra links pulsar to historic supernova 


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