TED Talks: A Greener Future

TED talks are a great resources for learning yourself or sharing with your students/patrons and even to get a discussion going.  TED ( Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.  They offer a series on A Green Future, a collection of videos talks related to the environmental debate which ” traditionally been characterized as a conflict between economic progress and preservation of the planet. Most TED speakers, however, insist that we can have both — provided we’re smart about it.”  This includes talks like Van Jones: the economic injustice of plastic or  Majora Carter: the Greening of the Ghetto or John Hardy: My Green School Dream.   Check out these and other TED talks and add as a great resource.

Story of Bottled Water

We recently showed the film Tapped at our campus UNCG Sustainability Film & discussion series – something worth considering showing at your library.   It’s “manufactured demand. ” 1/3 of all bottled water actually comes from the tap.  and 80% of these water bottles end up in landfills.  Find out more –  here is a a great video to watch:

The Story of Stuff: Bottled Water.


Can you ban bottled water in your library?

Video Contest for high school students

From  http://www.worldof7billion.org/

Human population is set to reach seven billion by the end of 2011.  As this historic moment approaches, Population Connection is hosting  nationwide video contest for high school students.  The contest challenges students to create a video public service announcement that illustrates the impact of population reaching seven billion as it relates to environmental and global issues. Cash prizes of up to $1,000 available to winning videos. The deadline for entries is March 1, 2011. DETAILS

For teachers: If at least 10 of your students submit videos, they’ll send you a set of free classroom resources.   DETAILS

Questions?  contact  Worldof7Billion@populationconnection.org or call 1-800-767-1956 or visit the website.

Environmental Documentary Films

Check out these films created by students at Guilford College (in Greensboro NC)  representing environmental beliefs and values and as stated on their web site: “producing a documentary film allows each student team to communicate and demonstrate not only mastery of key concepts and values of American environmental thought, but also to demonstrate mastery of technical and practical skills such as defining goals, idea development, time management, logical development, and cooperative learning.  Creating films not only challenge student teams to confront the difficulty of translating complicated legal and policy issues into a form the average person can understand, but also to engage in interdisciplinary creative and critical thinking and analysis.” View Films

Maybe a school, academic, or even public library could offer eco-documentary video creation contests to involved students, or even adults, in the education and discovery process of environmental connections and issues facing our world.

At my University this spring, the Communications & Outreach subcommittee of the UNCG Sustainability Committee lead by the enthusiastic eco-librarian Sarah Dorsey, offered “Sustainable Shorts” film contest – films produced by our students, highlighting a particular issue of sustainability. You can view the winners of the UNCG Sustainability Shorts Film Competition.

New green blog on energy & environment

The New York Times has a blog called Green: a blog about energy and the environment.  In honor of Earth Day’s 40th anniversary, the NYT is taking it up a notch from their original Green Inc blog to now blog about “not just the business end of environmental concerns but also politics and policy, environmental science and consumer choices.” Be sure to check out the latest post on the Existential Crisis of the Plastic Bag – including the 18 min video (by Ramin  Bahrani) on the impact consumerism  has “in a world that treats it like trash.”  Be sure to read the side bar listing the amazing lists of expert writers & contributes to this blog!

Single Steam Recycling: how it works

A few people  have asked me recently about how single stream recycling works since its a better method for recycling.  (which has developed since in general people don’t seem to understand how to sort and not put trash in recycle bins, especially on my campus!)

This awesome Web site  www.explorethecycle.com offers simply explained, short video clips demonstrating “the cycle” and “the MRF” (and by visiting their site you can also watch clips on paper, glass, metal, plastic and overseas!)