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Multimedia Teaching Resources

The following multimedia teaching resources have been catagorised below to help you in your EfS journey. Select your topic from the list below:


Education

Changing Educational Paradigms Sir Ken Robinson

Population

Miniature Earth (4 minutes/online clip)

Climate Change

"An Inconvenient Truth", Al Gore, 2006 (Feature movie)

From director Davis Guggenheim, An Inconvenient Truth is a passionate and inspirational look at former Vice President Al Gore's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. In this intimate portrait of Gore and his "travelling global warming show," Gore comes across as never before in the media - funny, engaging, open and intent on alerting citizens to this "planetary emergency" before it's too late.

Follow up presentation by Al Gore on An Inconvenient Truth, Ted Talks (27 minutes)



The 11th Hour is the last moment when change is possible. The film explores how we’ve arrived at this moment -- how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. Featuring ongoing dialogues of experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the most important issues that face our planet and people.

Watch the trailer here

A Journey through Climate History

Take a journey through history to see the human impacts on the environment in the last 250 years. Click on the circles to discover more about influencing factors. Includes 4 possible scenarios for the future.

“The Most Terrifying Video You'll Ever See” (9 min/online clip)

A brilliant and popular clip that uses philosophical logic to dissect the climate change debate. The author argues that when faced with uncertainty about our future, we need to weigh up the costs and make our decisions based on the least damaging scenario. A great resource for climate change advocates and skeptics alike…

“Planet Under Pressure” (online series)

A six-part BBC News Online series looking at some of the most pressing environmental issues facing the human race today. Covers food, water, energy, climate change, biodiversity, pollution.

“Wake Up, Freak Out – Then Get a Grip.” Leo Murray (11 min / animation)

A short animation that argues the way we have been calculating future impacts of climate change has been missing a really important piece of the picture. It says we are now dangerously close to the tipping point in the world's climate system; the point of no return, after which truly catastrophic changes become inevitable.

You can also read the full script which includes extensive references from peer reviewed scientific journals


Production/Consumption/Manufacturing/Waste

"The Story of Stuff" Annie Leonard (20 min / film/animation)

This animated film takes viewers on a provocative and eye-opening tour of the real costs of our consumer driven culture—from resource extraction to iPod incineration. Annie Leonard, an activist who has spent the past 10 years travelling the globe fighting environmental threats, narrates the Story of Stuff, delivering a rapid-fire, often humorous and always engaging story about “all our stuff—where it comes from and where it goes when we throw it away.”

“The Story of Bottled Water” Annie Leonard (7 min / film/animation)

This short film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water safety and its use of seductive, environmental-themed marketing to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. The film concludes with a call for viewers to make a personal commitment to avoid bottled water and support public investment in clean, available tap water for all.


Oil

“Peak oil – Gas prices, Supply depletion and Energy Crisis” (10 min / documentary)

Nearly everything in our lives is either made from oil, made by machinery and systems dependent on oil, or is transported by oil as either gas or diesel fuel. Peak oil refers to the point at which the maximum rate of global petroleum extraction is reached, after which it enters terminal decline. According to many experts, we are about to reach the point at which supply can no longer keep up with demand. What will we do then and how should we prepare?

“Life after the Oil Crash”

Extensively researched and annotated website that looks at what will happen once oil stocks start to decline.


Business/economics

“The Corporation”, Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott, Joel Bakan, 2004 (feature movie)

Provoking, witty, stylish and sweepingly informative, THE CORPORATION explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. 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.

Visit the official website

Costing the Earth, The Prince of Wales Accounting for Sustainability Project, Stephen Fry (clip, 3 mins,)


"The Story of Cap and Trade" Annie Leonard (8 min / film/animation)

The Story of Cap & Trade is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the leading climate solution being discussed at Copenhagen and on Capitol Hill. Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this scheme and reveals the "devils in the details" in current cap and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from what’s really required to tackle the climate crisis. If you’ve heard about cap and trade, but aren’t sure how it works (or who benefits), this is the film is for you

Ray Anderson on the business logic of sustainability
At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.


Leading an Environmentally Sustainable Enterprise, Martin Madaus (50 min, 2009, MIT Lecture)
Climate change poses perhaps the premiere threat to coming generations, says Martin Madaus, but to avoid its worst impacts, we must confront the issue now. To that end, Madaus exhorts business leaders to focus immediately on building environmental sustainability into their operations, as he has begun to do at Millipore.


E2 series
An excellent ongoing series made by PBS about the economies of being environmentally conscious. It explores attainable solutions to pressing environmental and social challenges.  Series cover:

  • Design
  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Water
  • Food
  • Urban development

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