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Must See videos ****
TED is a conference that takes place early in the year in Monterey. It brings together the smartest, most passionate and creative people on the planet. These 20 min videos never fail to inspire. TEDTalks on the environment On animals Bold Predictions, Stern Warnings and Design****
International Space Station Earth Video: Incredible Views Of Sea, Land And Desert (video)
Academic Earth offers video courses, including ones on the environment.
The Opencast Matterhorn project coming from UCB
Snagfilms has many documentaries, some from PBS. ***
PBS PBS Newshour has extensive coverage of Social Entrepreneurs,and also of environmental issues.PBS Now program often takes on green issues is being replaced by Need to Know. They cover social entrepreneurs too. Frontline documentaries (green listings) can go into the most depth because they have more time. **** See also Nova.
KQED Science website has local Bay Area programs, many on the environment, as well as links to PBS shows, including Heat, on global warming, as well as a variety of blogs to stay up to date on eco-issues. Especially good and relevant is Quest
Global Focus narrated by Robert Redford, has done a number of series, some on green issues, others on social entrepreneurs. Hard to find online , but some are at  replaces somewhat Worldfocus.orgno longer on PBS. Green stories.
German news show on PBS Deutsche Welle has extensive green coverage.
Big Picture TV short 5-8 minute videos of smart people. Extensive selection.
MIT videos on energy and environment.
EcoLive TV great site
New York Times videos on the environment
Bay Nature On The Air has short videos on wildlife such as condors, coyotes, butterflies.
Brave Nation is offering a series of talks, relating especially to environmental justice with Van Jones and others.
The Guardian (online site of UK newspaper) has audio and video of environmental news.
2008 Aspen Environment Forumincluding Van Jones, Majora Carter (EJ), Amory Lovins, Tim Kunstler (city design), Lester Brown, EO Wilson and many more.
Pacific Environment.org has videos especially on ocean and China.
Earth Circle Cinema is a sort of NetFlix for green videos. Here are previews
Earthday TV will host the 1/30 webcast with Van Jones and has many other videos archived.
Powerful video: She's Alive... Beautiful... Finite... ***
Portugal filmmaker Gonçalo Tocha produced the inspiring short film The Trail of a Tale, *** which is a monologue of a letter from the future written to our recent past, telling us that the world, “It turned out right.” See also Good News.
Mirror City kaliedoscopic images of five cities.
Douglas Adams. Best known for the amazing Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, he also wrote Last Chance to See about endangered animals. Intro Ch. 1 password required. Author reading about Komodo dragon encounter. Warning, some animals were harmed in the production of this book ;) NEW! Video at UC talk based on Last Chance experiences. The BBC has done a new series in which Stephen Frye retraces the original journey. Here are some of the original radio dispatches.
Rachael Carson program by Bill Moyers, includes a play based on Carson.
James Cameron in conversation with Eric Schmidt talking about 3D, Avatar 2 & 3, ocean exploration and more! Video Note: fee required.
The National Parks is Ken Burns' excellent PBS series that contains much info on pioneering environmentalists such as Muir. All online for free link****
Photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glaciers receding at an alarming rate, some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change.TEDtalk
Home, the movie. "World Environment Day on Friday sees the worldwide release of a movie billed by producers as “the greatest green event ever”, a high-budget documentary to save the planet from Yann Arthus-Bertrand. From New York’s Central Park to the Champs de Mars by Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the French photographer known for the “Earth From The Air” books and “Seen From The Air” on TV, is releasing the green-awareness movie “Home” in over 100 countries simultaneously. YouTube link
Engineer Michael Pritchard invented the portable Lifesaver filter, which can make the most revolting water drinkable in seconds. An amazing demo from TEDGlobal 2009.
The End of the Line documentary on fishing.
Larry Brilliant on social entrepreneurs.
Pacific gyre filled with plastic. PBS news segment featuring UCSC folk.
KilowattOurs Excellent documentary on energy use Watch online with script and links }}
Greasy Rider: Two Dudes, One Fast Food Fueled Car, and a Cross-Country Search for a Greener Future "Is it possible to drive coast-to-coast without stopping at a single gas pump? Journalist Greg Melville is determined to try. With his college buddy Iggy riding shotgun, he sets out on an enlightening road trip. The quest: to be the first people to drive cross-country in a french-fry car. " Long video interview with excerpts
David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean. See also longer video TEDtalk See Ocean Page. ***
Paul MacCready: Nature vs. humans, and what we can do about it (TEDtalk video)
Fox News Attacks Global Warming from Brave New Films (partisan)
Jill Bolte-Taylor discusses insights based on her experience of having a stroke. Inspiring TEDtalk.
Juan Enriquez challenges our definition of bioenergy. Oil, coal, gas and other hydrocarbons are not chemical but biological products, based on plant matter -- and thus, growable. Our whole approach to fuel, he argues, needs to change. TEDTalk video.
Chris Jordan makes stunning images that give us a sense of how much we are consuming, among the effects of other decisions, collective and not, conscious and not.
Robin Chase founded Zipcar, the world’s biggest car-sharing business. That was one of her smaller ideas. Here she travels much farther, contemplating road-pricing schemes that will shake up our driving habits and a mesh network vast as the Interstate. TEDtalk video.
Michael Pollan, author of Omnivore's Dilemma (Ch 1. online free). Video of debate with John Mackey, founder of Whole Foods Video link (Realplayer required). Their correspondence, which has explored such issues as organic and local food, animal agriculture, and the role of Whole Foods, is available at Whole Foods site and Michael Pollan site.
Global Warming skeptic comes clean
Dolphins playing with bubbles
The Story of Stuff an excellent look at consumption ***
Lester Brown talk at Google Jan 2006
James Howard Kunstler: The tragedy of suburbia Strong language. In James Howard Kunstler's view, public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life -- the physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about.
Interview with creator of Virtual Reality eco-village in Second Life, Etopia.
Quest KQED NPR San Francisco has great California environmental stories.
RadioLab does brilliant work on a wide variety of topics, including green issues such as bats and rabies, endangered species *** and conservation. See Wildlife. RadioLab: human-dolphin conversations, from a studio apartment in the Virgin Islands to a research vessel in the Bermuda Triangle.***
Terra Verde is a live public affairs program focusing on investigating and analyzing environmental issues from a global perspective. Our hope is both to bring key international perspectives to listeners, as well as make the issues relevant to northern California listeners.
UCSC's own radio station KZSC has programs related to the environment, science, and social justice like On What Grounds. For example, here's a history of SC agriculture. You can learn how to make your own radio programs as well.
KQED's Forum program frequently covers eco issues, often local.
KPFA's Terra Verde with Pratap Chatterjee Fridays 1-1:30 pm. A live public affairs program focusing on investigating and analyzing environmental issues from a global perspective. Archives online.
Living on Earth NPR weekly environmental program. Archives online.
Pulse of the Planet are short pieces heard daily on NPR
This American Life host Ira Glass tells the story of writer turned activist Bill McKibben. McKibben is trying to create a divestment campaign modeled after the successful campaign against apartheid in South Africa. The campaign is designed recast the discussion of climate change with fossil fuel companies as the villains. alt link audio). A whole show on climate that takes a fresh approach 5/13. See Global Warming debate.
Raj Patel writer, activist, academic and author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System is a researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley. His more recent book on economics is The Value of Nothing first chapter and video here, also covered in Commonwealth Club talk 1/10, (Realplayer).
Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory 1.6.12 Mike Daisey was a self-described "worshipper in the cult of Mac." Then he saw some photos from a new iPhone, taken by workers at the factory where it was made. Mike wondered: Who makes all my crap? He traveled to China to find out. From NPR's This American Life.
Alan Weisman's book, The World Without Us, grew out of two questions, he said. One was, "How can I write a best-seller about the environment?" The answer to that was the second question: "How would the rest of nature behave without the constant pressure we put on it?" Longnow.org talk
Daniel Goleman, psychologist, science journalist and author of "Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything" and "Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence." Interview Website
Terry Tempest Williams talks about her latest book, "Finding Beauty in a Broken World." In the book, Williams finds inspiration in the study of mosaics -- a pursuit which takes her from Ravenna, Italy to Bryce Canyon, Utah.
20th Annual Goldman Environmental Prize which was awarded to grassroots activists from around the world today. We talk with recipients including Maria Gunnoe, a West Virginian who battled against King Coal and mountaintop removal, and Rizwana Hasan who worked to end the dangerous ship breaking industry in Bangladesh.
EO Wilson, wonderful interview on his life and work with ants. Includes excerpt from his new book, Superorganisms
Ig Noble Prizes for experiments that cannot and should not be replicated. Pure fun for the seriously nerdy.
Quest story on CA native plant impact by global warming Related story on water supply .
Elizabeth Royte interviewed on new book Bottlemania on water bottles.
Boat Made of Plastic Bottles to Sail the Pacific. How do you raise awareness about plastic debris floating in the Pacific? You sail a boat made out of 15,000 plastic bottles from California to Hawaii. Marine scientists Joel Paschal and Marcus Erikson discuss their voyage.
Navajo Nation Pushes for Uranium Cleanup. May 30, 2008 · Despite the lure of potentially big money, the Navajo Nation has banned uranium mining on its reservation, which spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. In part, the decision reflects deep Navajo concerns about how past mining activities have damaged health and the environment.
Goldman Eco-Hero prize (Audio interview with four 2008 winners).
Adam Werbach. Once the youngest president in the history of the Sierra Club, San Francisco-based Adam Werbach has served as a sustainability consultant to Wal-Mart and recently sold his firm to global advertising giant Saatchi and Saatchi. He discusses his goal "to construct a consumer movement for sustainability" -- and about the risks of corporate "greenwashing."
NPR interview with Dan Koeppel, author of Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World, gives us a primer on the expansive history — and the endangered future — of this seedless, sexless fruit.
Global Warming skeptics meet in NY
Diamonds to Rice Land devastated by mining is becoming productive
Three Gorges Dam in China is a massive project with huge ecological end social effects (audio and images)
Gore speaks in Bali Conf. Also an inspiring talk by David Kucinich on greening the US.
Climate Connections NPR and National Geographic team up to provide great info on climate change
Do you know where your blue jeans have been? We follow the path of a pair of jeans, from the cotton fields to the seamstresses to the retail store. Rachel Louise Snyder's new book is Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade. audio interview
Follow the oil money in politics. A dynamic map ***
Care2 gives various kinds of eco and demographic info based on geography
eNature allows you to identify, track and report wildlife in your area
Encyclopedia of Earth a green Wikipedia?
Gapminder allows you to see demographic trends in a very powerful way. ****
Scorecard Type in your Zip Code and see who's poisoning your home town
Pesticide Use in CA useful lists by county and chemical
Wiser Earth a directory of people and organizations in the fight
History of art and visual culture professor T.J. Demos, who is also director of the Center for Creative Ecologies will present Climate Justice Now!--Art Activism, Environment Today is the title of the 2016 Arts Dean’s Lecture Series--an array of free public talks running March 30 to May 25 at UC Santa Cruz.
Paris climate Activist art 12/15.
UC Alum Dan Roam uses visual thinking to solve complex problems. Roam received two degrees at the University of California, Santa Cruz: fine art and biology How to Save the World with Pictures. He offers student discounts on how to do line art videos a la Story of Stuff.
Remarkable Video Shows How to Turn Art Into Activism see Backbone Campaign (Ecotopians join it to support Native Ppl resistance to Dakota Access pipeline) 11/16.
The OpenLab Network is a new UCSC research initiative which targets a complex education issue of national significance regarding the ability of art and science researchers to collaborate on research endeavors. The goal of the OpenLab Network is to help change the current status by providing shared research facilities and create a network for collaborative discourse fueled by academic communities, arts and science communities, and industry. Ocean Scales on plankton. Amy Franceschini is an artist who explores the perceived conflict between "humans" and "nature.” In 1995, she founded Futurefarmers and in 2004 she co-founded Free Soil
College 9 mural leads Oxfam to ask, Can Art change the world?
Maker Faire exhibitors Nemo Gould does kinetic scupltures from found objects, and Jeremy Mayer's typewriter assemblages are sculptural pieces made purely from typewriter parts. In a process he calls "reassemblage," Mayer fits the pieces together into likenesses of living creatures using no welds, glue, solder, or external parts.
Beauty matters: Edi Rama was the mayor of Tirana Albania, where he implemented a series of reforms to take back the city for the people, including paint.
Oscar-nominated documentary ‘Waste Land’ explores art made from the world’s largest garbage dump.
Vik Muniz, Atlanta and Hippomenes after Guido Reni (Pictures of Junk)
One Plastic Beach profiles artists Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang. For more than ten years, the Langs have been collecting plastic debris off of one beach in Northern California. Each piece that they select comes back to their house to get cleaned, categorized, and stored before being used in their artwork. The couple make sculptures, prints, jewelry, and installations with their endless supply of found items, raising a deeper concern with the problem of pollution in our seas. (video)
Video Art (see also environmental films)
Local singer-songwriter Vienna Teng, whose songs are inspiring Level Up (Lyrics), Video) **** and hauntingly beautiful, has raised money for green efforts and walked her talk on merchandising; went back to school to study green business but has a new album, sample Landsailor ((lyrics) which speaks to heart and mind on green issues. TEDtalk Boulder 2010.
Mirror City kaliedoscopic images of five cities.
a new film, The OceanMaker, 3D animated short film which highlights how precious our water resources are. The film, which has appeared in many film festivals including SXSW, is set in a dystopian future where the seas have vanished and a young female pilot has to battle sky pirates for the last of the remaining water residing in the clouds.
Benh Zeitlin's BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, nominated for Beast Picture Oscar TM, whisks you to a surreal realm, where little girls and mythical animals coexist in a bayou called The Bathtub, all intertwined in the cosmic mesh of the universe. (interview).
Powerful video: She's Alive... Beautiful... Finite...
"Light". Filmmaker David Parker directed this short videoto more viscerally express the energy wasted from electric lights unnecessarily left on.
Lord of the Rings recycling parody (video) (humor). ***
Local singer-songwriter Vienna Teng, whose songs are inspiring Level Up (Lyrics), Video) **** and hauntingly beautiful, has raised money for green efforts and walked her talk on merchandising; went back to school to study green business but has a new album, sample Landsailor ((lyrics) which speaks to heart and mind on green issues. TEDtalk Boulder 2010. TEDtalk Stanford 2012.
Willie Nelson and Neil Young, whose Farm Aid concerts have been raising money for family farmers since 1985, performed at Harvest the Hope to call attention to the destruction the Keystone XL pipeline would wreak on farms and nearby tribal lands. Young wrote a new anthem: Who's Gonna Stand up? 10/14.
"Bananas," a musical journey by Saturn's Return on DDT and labor.
Fresh and Green rap video.
Performing Global Warming incudes “Liberated Carbon,” a very different musical take on the age of fossil fuels.11/13
Musician Les Claypool is considered one of the top rock bassists in the world. And while critics consider him a bit of a musical oddball, he's equal parts odd and prolific. He's got nearly a half-dozen projects or bands going on at any given time, but he's best known for the group he founded nearly 20 years ago, Primus. "Last Salmon Man" depicts the end of a species and traditional way of life in favor of golf courses. video version.
UCSC's Elliot Anderson and Jennifer Parker are featured artists in Groundswell. Parker and Barney Haynes present a new media installation that interactively engages gallery viewers with solar wind data. Anderson examines the technological landscape with a hydroponic garden that phytoremediates water polluted with mercury and other heavy metals left from 19th century mining operations.
Laura Veirs often writes about the joy of being in nature, inspired by farmers' market peaches and canoe river trips.
Cuyahoga On June 22, 1969, an oil slick and debris in the Cuyahoga River caught fire in Cleveland, Ohio, drawing national attention to environmental problems in Ohio and elsewhere in the United States and led to the Clean Water Act. Recently, the reclamation of the river was celebrated.
John Anderson: Seminole Wind equal time for country western/swamp rock/celtic.
Giant fish sculptures made from plastic bottles.
Hotel made of trash collected on beach
UCSC Digital Arts bio-art .
Images / Photography
Watch: Celebrate Some of the World's Most Incredible Animals Before They Go Extinct National Geographic Photo Ark http://racingextinction.com/save-animals/ (video). 4/16.
The Art of Biophilia: Extraordinary Mosaics Incorporating Earth’s Most Colorful Creatures, gorgeous images. 7/15.
Aaron Huey in 2001, at the end of his assistantship left New York, was dropped off at the Pacific Ocean and walked 3,349 miles across America to Coney Island with his dog Cosmo, one camera and one lens. video of talk. An amazing TEDtalk video on his work on Pine Ridge reservation.
Inside the Fukushima exclusion zone: the photography of Satoru Niwa.
Photographer Camille Seaman shoots icebergs, showing the world the complex beauty of these massive, ancient chunks of ice. Dive in to her photo slideshow, "The Last Iceberg."Video TEDtalk
A Muir Web is a complex mapping of an ecosystem. The term was coined by the Mannahatta Project, which has an amazing recreation of New York City. (here are some images). Here's an artist's interpretation of its symmetry, beauty and complexity.
Moose Peterson's book Captured: Behind the Lens of a Legendary Wildlife Photographer is more than just a photography book-it's a chronicle of more than 30 years'worth of unbelievable moments that only nature can reveal. (Google talk) video.
Jim Balog won the Rowell Award. Here he documents global warming. Photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glaciers receding at an alarming rate, some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change.Link
Five Gyres project is sailing to all major subtropical oceanic gyres (North and South Pacific, North and South Atlantic, and Indian Ocean) in order to study the every growing problem of marine plastic pollution. See slideshow
In this image-filled talk, Yann Arthus-Bertrand displays his three most recent projects on humanity and our habitat -- stunning aerial photographs in his series "The Earth From Above," TEDtalk video. Download his amazing new movie Home.
More nature inspired art, but groovier.
Frans Lanting presents The LIFE Project, a collection that tells the story of our planet, from its eruptive beginnings to its present diversity. Hoping for a glimpse of the world the way it was in the age of photosynthesizing stromatolites, "back before the sky turned blue," Lanting journeyed to a remote lagoon in Australia, the only place in the world where stromatolites still exist. The story moves forward from there, via a lyrical collection of photographs set to a soundtrack from Philip Glass. TEDtalk video.
Stunning images of accumulated consumer goods and resources by Chris Jordan. TEDtalk video PBS episode. Chris Jordan's heart-rending images of Albatross chicks who starved to death with their stomachs full of plastic.
Photographer Edward Burtynsky documents how humans alter the world, and to a lesser degree the people engaged in doing the work (example). Video of TEDtalk accepting his award. A video, Manufactured Landscapes, (trailer) was made about his trip to China and its factories and the Three Gorges Dam. Excerpt.
60 Stunning satellite images of Earth.
UCSC's Don Rothman's One Way of Seeing.
Theater: Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory 1.6.12 Mike Daisey was a self-described "worshipper in the cult of Mac." Then he saw some photos from a new iPhone, taken by workers at the factory where it was made. Mike wondered: Who makes all my crap? He traveled to China to find out. From NPR's This American Life. Audio. Talk (video note: F-bomb).
Acrylic fractal art made by bombarding slabs of plastic in a particle accelerator.
A Sense of Wonder is one woman show based on the life of Rachel Carson.
The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change entertains as it educates, delivering a unique and enjoyable presentation of mind-blowing facts and critical concepts. "Stand-up economist" Yoram Bauman and award-winning illustrator Grady Klein have created the funniest overview of climate science, predictions, and policy that you’ll ever read. You’ll giggle, but you’ll also learn—about everything from Milankovitch cycles to carbon taxes. sample chapter. From Island Press (Go Slugs!).
Jonathan Fetter-Vorm's Trinity is a nonfiction book-length comic for adults about the birth of nuclear weapons. Although primarily a history book, Trinity is also a pretty good nuclear physics primer, making good use of the graphic novel form to literally illustrate the violence of atoms tearing themselves apart, and the weird, ingenious, improvised mechanisms for triggering and controlling that violence. See Nuclear page.
Paul Buhle has written and edited a number of graphic novel style history books, including Bohemians: A Graphic History, (images)video interview. See history of the counter-culture which led to the ecology movement.
Webcomic by XKCD 'Brilliant' Climate Change Cartoon Goes Viral After Elon Musk, John Green Share It on Twitter see Comics and Global Warming.TEDtalk. 2014 Google talk: Millions of people visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have an enormous, dedicated following, as do his deeply researched answers to his fans’ strangest questions. The queries he receives range from merely odd to downright diabolical: • What if I took a swim in a spent-nuclear-fuel pool? • Could you build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns? • What if a Richter 15 earthquake hit New York City? • Are fire tornadoes possible? New book: If?.
The Burning World:The Aviator is a satiric dystopian graphic novel. Flying his hi-tech airship around a world devastated by climate change and economic collapse, the hero of The Aviator encounters the scattered and often weird remnants of our civilization.
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