Save the date for Environmental Film Festival + watch streaming films free now!

eff22nd Environmental Film Festival!
March 18-30, 2014
Washington, DC
Theme :   Our Cities, Our Planet “examine the challenges posed by Earth’s urban environments and the efforts of the world’s cities to balance environmental and economic needs.”

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*Watch the previous 20 festival films streaming FREE on their online portal! This is available through a partnership with and covers topics such as climate change, renewable energy, organic farming and more.

Revolution – a film about changing the world

For a recent sustainable film and discussion series event we showed Revolution.  The quick synopsis on their website summarizes it as:  Revolution is a film about changing the world. The true-life adventure of Rob Stewart, this follow-up to his acclaimed Sharkwater documentary continues his remarkable journey; one that will take him through 15 countries over four years, and where he’ll discover that it’s not only sharks that are in grave danger – it’s humanity itself.

It was exciting to see a pretty packed house with many students in attendance (many are required to attend from a course or get extra credit for attending)  as this powerful film does include  a theme of the youth of today rising up, being  empowered, and attempting to make a difference. Sadly when our  film showing ended and we held the short post film discussion, we were left with only about 2 dozen people mainly over the age of 40.  But perhaps the students,  in their own way, were inspired  by the amazing scenes of nature below the water and around the globe.  Films can truly move us emotionally as spiritual creatures, more often than facts can. The aesthetics, sounds, and visuals in this film really appeal to our senses, not just our rational minds. Most of our post-film discussion take-aways were about being embarrassed to be human on this planet, how there are too many of us (greedy/self adsorbed/ignorant) humans on the planet, and how wrong it is that so many people believe we (humans) are  the reason for earth being here – instead of how we must live in harmony as one of many dwelling on this planet. We protect what we know.  Is technology keeping us inside and/or glued to a screen with little connection to the world around us that we need to survive?  How can we reconnect with nature?

This film is worth a showing AND a discussion in your community or your campus.  Check out the educator’s guide for pre-viewing prompts, post-viewing activities and other teacher resources.

SustainRT Virtual Discussion on Dec 11

SustainRT Virtual Discussion

Free; Open to the whole library community

Dec. 11, 2013
12:00-1:00 pm (EST)


The discussion will be recorded and available later to those who register.

Help shape the future of  SustainRT,  ALA’s new sustainability round table.

The objectives of this open meeting are to:

1) Provide a brief history and status update of SustainRT including upcoming nominations for officers

2) Capture your input, needs, and vision to help shape the future of SustainRT (the mission of which is “to exchange ideas and opportunities and provide resources for the library community to support sustainability.”)

3) Provide a venue for meeting virtually to continue our important networking and dialogue.

From the SustainRT Steering Committee:
Rebekkah Aldrich, Jonathan Betz-Zall, Madeleine Charney, Mara Egherman,Beth Filar Williams, Elaine Harger, Ashley Jones, Carrie Moran, Leighann Wood, Bonnie Smith

For more information, contact Ashley Jones 

More seed lending libraries cropping up

duluthJust read the news on the first seed lending library in Minnesota at  Duluth Public Library voted by the Duluth City Council in August 2012. The program was developed through an initial partnership with the Institute for a Sustainable Future and now includes the St. Louis County Extension Master Gardeners and the Duluth Community Garden Program. The goal like many seed lending libraries is to develop regionally adapted seed stock and patrons can them come and pick up seed. There will also be an educational component with classes and seminars and of course books and resources to help gardeners (read more in their FAQs).

There are over 60 seed lending libraries in the US now. Check out this map of seed library locations and this seed lending social network.