The Sea of Cortez is one of the most lush, bio-diverse seas on this planet. Or at least it was. Located between mainland Mexico and the California Baja Peninsula, the Sea of Cortez has been called the “Aquarium of the World” being home to over 950 varieties of fish and 30 species of marine mammals. But this maritime treasure and the creatures that call it home are in danger. Past Presentation
20 years ago, a young group of social entrepreneurs started a company to sustainably harvest acai in the Brazilian rainforest. Along the way, they joined a movement of purpose-driven companies looking to change the world through an alternative economic model. These "triple bottom line" businesses measure success not only financially but also socially and environmentally. Their practice of "conscious commerce" addresses some of today’s most challenging issues. This award-winning documentary empowers viewers to be part of the solution by "voting with their dollars" and supporting brands and products that make positive change for the planet. Past Presentation
This significant documentary explains the spectacular financialization of environmental conservation. If nature had a price, wouldn’t corporations and governments be less likely to destroy it? Wouldn’t putting a price on nature overturn what economist Pavan Sukhdev calls “the economic invisibility of nature”? Reality, of course, turns out to be rather more complex. What guarantees do we have that our natural inheritance will be protected? Should our ecological heritage be for sale? Is the best way to protect nature to put a price on it? Wouldn’t putting a price on nature overturn what economist Pavan Sukhdev calls “the economic invisibility of nature?” Past Presentation
In May 2010, Rulindo, Rwanda launched an ambitious plan to bring access to water and sanitation services to the entire district population. This film explores the story, challenges and ultimate success for reaching over 330,000 people with safe water in the rural and mountainous Rulindo District, and how this project is inspiring sustainable water (infrastructure and sanitation) models around the world. Now Playing
Vermont herbalists Jeff and Melanie Carpenter sold their natural products business to buy raw land and start an organic farm to grow medicinal herbs, rather than source them from half-way around the world. Past Presentation
A short film that documents visionaries Michael Lewis (of Growing Warriors) and Rebecca Burgess (of Fibershed) as they collaborate to re-introduce industrial hemp to the American landscape. Past Presentation
“The problem facing us felt so big and insurmountable,” she wrote later, thinking of the beach but also of climate activism more broadly, “that I wondered whether I should stop with all the campaigning, the speeches, and just enjoy my teenage years while they lasted.”
The Karles represent a group of individuals and families who have made a change and are now dealing with the financial consequences, for better or worse. “The pandemic made people really think and take stock of their living situations,” said Cliff Robb, an associate professor of consumer science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “We saw so many different employment opportunities become flexible in their structures, so people started to reassess it all.”
August is a good time to look closely at elephant seal bulls at the Piedras Blancas rookery north of San Simeon. They have conveniently placed themselves near the visitor entrance at the north end of the parking lot. A few juveniles are there for their annual rest before the adults take over the beach for the winter breeding season.
In this city where peak summer temperatures can regularly exceed 104 degrees, planners have been shining a light on the importance of shade through a number of municipal projects as the world grapples with a rapidly warming planet.
The new policy, detailed Wednesday morning in a news conference, is widely expected to accelerate the global transition toward electric vehicles. Not only is California the largest auto market in the United States, but more than a dozen other states typically follow California’s lead when setting their own auto emissions standards. If those states follow through, and most are expected to adopt similar rules, the restrictions would apply to about a third of the United States auto market. “This is huge,” said Margo Oge…
This is a long-term play by the Biden administration. By incentivizing automakers to cater to a less affluent crowd and by pushing automakers to bring their supply chains to the U.S., the administration believes it can make EVs more mainstream and accelerate toward an ambitious goal: to have half of all new car sales be for electric models by 2030, up from only 3% today.
Though focused on West Virginia, this film serves as a cautionary tale for a world heavily relying on fossil fuels and the hefty price it exacts from society. Responding to one of the worst yet least publicized industrial contamination disasters in the US, courageous Appalachians fight to defend their human right to clean water and persevere in their quest for truth and justice. Coal Rush dramatizes the human and societal costs to a democracy of relying on cheap energy and the environmental hazards that can affect any of us - rural or urban. Past Presentation
We pollute the environment upon which we depend. An exploration of the paradox of sustainable skiing and how we can protect the places we love. Now Playing
This film highlights the Danish non-profit, INDEX: Design to Improve Life ® (INDEX) and the film explores its history as an international design competition and highlights the most innovative INDEX award winners. Showcased is how design can be used to plan and build affordable housing, to prevent blindness, to destroy landmines, to deliver vaccines and blood in remote areas, to clean up the oceans and to help prevent infant and mother mortality, among others. Sustainable designs/inventions that embrace the principles of social, economic, and ecological sustainability are examined. Past Presentation
In addition to Missouri, other states that have joined the lawsuit are Ohio, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and West Virginia. In analyzing the push for more electric vehicles, California regulators acknowledged it could boost manufacturing costs, but also reduce gasoline costs, resulting in a net benefit to consumers. Regulators said the proposed rule before the California board, which is seen as critical to achieving carbon neutrality by 2045, would also have significant health benefits, including 4,057 fewer cardiopulmonary deaths, 677 fewer hospital admissions for cardiovascular illness, 808 fewer hospital admissions for respiratory illness, and 1,990 fewer emergency room visits for asthma.
Japan is working toward achieving the goals. An animated music video about S.D.G.s by the public broadcaster, NHK, has over 930,000 views on YouTube. In the United States, when people have heard of the development goals at all, it is often from right-wing media portraying them as part of a radical socialist plot. A less polarized, more community-oriented (and perhaps less cynical) Japan has coalesced around the goals as a feel-good, and in theory do-good, endeavor.
Tax breaks for electric vehicles. Huge incentives to ramp up carbon-capture facilities, urge green hydrogen production and boost U.S. manufacturing of solar panels, wind turbines and next-generation batteries. The landmark Inflation Reduction Act that passed Fridayincludes $369 billion in climate- and energy-related funding — much of it aimed at high-tech solutions to help nudge the world’s biggest historical emitter toward a greener future. But beyond those headline-making investments, the legislation acknowledges a less-heralded but essential part of the effort to combat climate change: nature. Or, more precisely, that given a chance, nature can be a profound ally in the fight against climate change. “It’s historic, without a doubt,” said Tom Cors, director of North America policy and government relations at the Nature Conservancy. He called new funding to protect forests and boost climate-friendly agriculture practices a “once-in-a-generation investment.”
A world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, government and big business continue to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, all around the world people are resisting those policies, demanding a re-regulation of trade and finance—and, far from the old institutions of power, they’re starting to forge a very different future. Communities are coming together to re-build more human scale, ecological economies based on a new paradigm – an economics of localization. Past Presentation
Sustainability and cybersecurity are rarely mentioned in the same sentence. And yet, the infrastructure needed to enable our sustainable future requires far greater levels of cybersecurity than previously managed.
Jared Blumenfeld is already one of the nation’s most powerful figures on climate — and with $3.5 billion at his disposal, he’s arguably about to become even more influential. As secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency under Gov. Gavin Newsom, Blumenfeld has played a key role in efforts to bring clean drinking water to low-income homes, end the sale of gasoline-fueled cars and defend the state’s vehicle pollution rules against the Trump administration. He’s also faced criticism from some environmentalists for allegedly supporting desalination and for negotiating a controversial deal with Boeing to clean up a radioactive site just outside Los Angeles.
The West is changing once again, whether we like it or not. Coal plants are closing, rivers are drying up, and record crowds are packing national parks. Wildfires are getting deadlier, as are heat waves. Out-of-control housing costs and the work-from-home boom are driving big-city residents to smaller, more scenic locales. Joshua trees are threatened. The ocean is rising. That’s the backdrop against which I visited Wyoming’s Carbon County in the spring, and toured the construction site of a mind-bogglingly large wind farm being built by conservative billionaire Phil Anschutz, owner of the Coachella music festival and the arena formerly known as Staples Center. I also traveled the route of the 732-mile power line that Anschutz plans to build, to send thousands of megawatts of clean energy from Wyoming to Southern California.
Senate Democrats’ climate bill includes $3 billion in loans and grants for electric transmission projects—money that, in addition to tax incentives for electricity generators, would break down a significant barrier to a large-scale clean energy rollout, advocates said. The Inflation Reduction Act (H.R. 5376) that senators passed Sunday would authorize the Energy Department to issue $2 billion in loans to support new and upgraded electric transmission lines that are deemed part of national corridors. The department would have $760 million in grants to siting authorities—namely state governments—to aid developers in navigating the review and approval processes. An additional $100 million is dedicated to offshore wind transmission. Transmission projects have been stalled by regulatory delays, hindering renewable projects waiting to connect their power to the grid. “It’s great to see really every aspect of transmission siting and permitting being addressed in the IRA,” said Christina Hayes, executive director of Americans for a Clean Energy Grid.
A documentary short that focuses on a sustainability project in Cojímar, Cuba Now Playing
In 2008, a sustainable development project began in the middle of the Kenai Fjords of Alaska, 3 hours by boat from the nearest port of civilization. Told from the points of view of crew members, project coordinators and the Native Alaskan corporation that owns the land itself, the film is both a celebration of and a blueprint for sustainable construction, as well as an exciting battle against time and the elements deep within wild Alaska. Now Playing
Daniel Balima is a senior horticulturist from Tenkodogo, a small Sub-Saharan African town in Burkina Faso, where he lives with his large family and has worked since he was born 67 years ago. Daniel as a child falls ill with polio and, although growing without the use of his legs, he is able to follow his father in the family nursery, walking on his hands. He works immediately with great passion and talent so much that his disability, which for many in Africa means a marked destiny, is for Daniel an opportunity: "I could take two paths: begging or taking my life in hand and devoting myself to work with dignity." Daniel has chosen and won this great challenge and, every day, he sows and cultivates with great effort and gratitude many vegetables and plants. In over fifty years of activity he has given life to more than a million trees and this is what is most important for Daniel because, as he tells us, his country, because of the drought, needs many trees and does not stop, on the contrary, he dreams of planting another million. Past Presentation
Join Maya van Rossum, Founder of Green Amendments For The Generations, in her exploration of New Mexico’s biggest environmental issues and the role a NM Green Amendment could play in the fight for environmental justice with: Senator Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, legislative sponsor of the New Mexico Green Amendment; Emma Rose Cohen, CEO/Founder of the sustainable business Final; Beata Tsosie-Peña, Environmental Health and Justice Program Coordinator for Tewa Women United; Artemisio Romero y Carver, founding member of Youth United for Climate Crisis Action (YUCCA); and Dee George and Penny Aucoin, fracking waste accident victims impacted residents of Otis, NM. Now Playing
An archaeologist stumbles upon a remote Florida spring. Is it truly magic or a delusion? Past Presentation
The film follows an old Cod stuck in a drying pool in the Darling River outback Australia. Past Presentation
Inhabitants of arctic and antarctic regions wander through landscapes of dwindling ice. Past Presentation
Flying With Monarchs is a short dance film celebrating the beauty of Monarch butterfly migration. Now Playing
A documentary short on the effects of a contaminated 3.5-mile long natural tidal channel located in the heart of San Juan's poorest community. Past Presentation
The Shimuras, mother Fukumi and daughter Yoko, devote their daily lives in a lifelong pursuit to understanding and preserving Japanese textiles that are a national treasure. Past Presentation
The Dead Sea is disappearing. The documentary, Caught in Quicksand, was made to raise public awareness about the receding of the Dead Sea. Now Playing
Spoken word poetry short film, written from the Earth's perspective from the beginning of time to present pandemic. Now Playing
A weir is an obstruction to redirect or capture fish. This film shows the day-to-day work involved in managing a weir in southeast Alaska. Past Presentation
A sister fights all odds to take care of her younger brother, until things fall apart and she is left with no option but to sell her dignity to save him. Past Presentation
From the limitless subdivisions of Florida to sod farms in the arid southwest, Gimme Green offers both humor and insight into America’s obsession with the nation’s largest irrigated crop -- the lawn. Past Presentation
One man quits taking prednisone and takes up alternative medicine to save his mind. Past Presentation
It’s a story about the soldiers who are sacrificing their lives and resistance in order to the people of the city and future generations to live in peace. Past Presentation
Film from Non-Violence United promotes a vegan diet as a path toward healing the relationship between animals and humans Past Presentation
The story of misery of Urmia Salt Lake in North West of Iran. Past Presentation
A Wild Idea is a documentary about the Yasuni-ITT Initiative-Ecuador's unprecedented proposal for fighting global climate change: In exchange for payments from the world community, the country will leave untouched its largest oil reserves. Past Presentation
Set amidst the stunning red desert landscapes of Utah, this surreal journey explores the worlds we create for ourselves, the absurdity of our fears, and what lies on the other side of them. Past Presentation
In the tendency to assume that science-based conclusions are objective and reliable, public health tragedies are allowed to occur repeatedly. Past Presentation
In a country where one liter of 95 grade car fuel costs less than 25 cents, a man rides a tricycle to get through traffic. Past Presentation
Ivan Ivanovych is a farmer who was evacuated from and subsequently returned to his village of Pripyat in 1986. This poetic account sheds light on the Chernobyl disaster and serves as a warning to learn from our mistakes. Past Presentation
Story of an award winning woman athlete who was charged with rape and accused of being a male. A brief glimpse into the political machinations that are hurting Indian sports in the present day. Past Presentation
This is a documentary thriller about how Agro-Chemical multinational corporations victimize international scientists to prevent them from publishing their scary findings. Past Presentation
A short film about environmental damage; features the voice of Ewan McGregor. Past Presentation
The history of humanity and of our planet in four minutes. An eco-friendly statement developed in a single shot that has it all: humor, action and tragedy. Past Presentation
Cynthia Wade’s newest short documentary stars a boy who comes of age in rural Cambodia while struggling with arsenic poisoning and dreaming of becoming a karaoke star. Past Presentation
Local water activists explore Gainesville’s fresh waterways and how they have been integrated into the city – even crawling beneath behemoth stores to follow the waters. Past Presentation
A documentary short that examines the dark history of environmental injustice around a creosote plant in southeastern North Carolina. Past Presentation
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