It is now all the rage, but can you remember when everyone in America was not “Going Green”? AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s Earth Days looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement through the extraordinary stories of the era’s pioneers — among them Former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, biologist/Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich, Whole Earth Catalog founder
From the filmmakers of the Sundance Award Winning movie FUEL, comes the new award winning documentary FREEDOM. In the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Louisiana native Josh Tickell and his wife Rebecca Tickell take an international journey to investigate alternatives to fossil fuels.
FREEDOM offers an array of green solutions and tackles the food vs. fuel debate separating facts from hyperbole.
In 2006, thousands of new electric cars were purposely destroyed by the same car companies that built them. Today, less than 5 years later, the electric car is back... with a vengeance.
In Revenge of the Electric Car, director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America’s future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever.
Every day, the average American produces four and a half pounds of trash — 75 percent of which is recyclable. While rules vary from town to town (check for your town on www.earth911.com), this guide from Good Housekeeping magazine will make it easier to do the right thing.
First of all, don’t waste your time and energy: Make sure to use only the bins or clear plastic bags specified by your recycling program, whether parking recyclables curbside or taking them to the recycling station. Busy workers will often throw out unidentifiable bags or boxes, rather than open them up to see what’s inside. Full Article on MSNBC
Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent ac-tion, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.
Filmmaker Kristin Canty’s quest to find healthy food for her four children turned into an educational journey to discover why access to these foods was being threatened. What she found were policies that favor agribusiness and factory farms over small family-operated farms selling fresh foods to their communities.
What are you doing for Earth Day? Why not watch a film and learn more? Here are some recommendations from our editors. For ideas of other activities, check out the Earth Day website at http://www.earthday.org/
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.
Queen of The Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is an in-depth investigation to discover the causes and solutions behind Colony Collapse Disorder; a phenomenon where honeybees vanish from their hives, never to return. Queen of The Sun follows the voices and visions of underrepresented beekeepers, philosophers, and scientists around the world, all struggling for the survival of the bees. While other bee films focus exclusively on commercial beekeepers, this film emphasizes the biodynamic and organic communities who have differing opinions from many commercial beekeepers and are overlooked in other films.
Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization, a documentary based on the book by environmental visionary Lester Brown, will be broadcast on PBS on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 10 p.m. Academy Award winner Matt Damon returns as on-camera host/narrator. Produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Marilyn & Hal Weiner, “Plan B” is the 12th episode of the award-winning series Journey to Planet Earth, which reports on the most important environmental and sustainable development issues of the 21st century.
Bill Maher talked to Canadian actress Ellen Page on Real Time about her work on the vanishing of the bees and their importance to our very survival and our ability to feed ourselves. Maher quoted Einstein during the segment who said:
350.org is an international campaign that's building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis--the solutions that science and justice demand.
Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate…