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Environment - Documentaries


An Inconvenient Truth


An Inconvenient Truth is a 2006 documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim about former United States Vice President Al Gore's campaign to educate citizens about global warming via a comprehensive slide show that, by his own estimate made in the film, he has given more than a thousand times.

Premiering at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and opening in New York City and Los Angeles on May 24, 2006, the documentary was a critical and box-office success, winning 2 Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song.[4] The film grossed $24 million in the U.S. and $26 million in the foreign box office, becoming the 9th highest grossing documentary film to date in the United States.[5]

The idea to document his efforts came from producer Laurie David who saw his presentation at a town-hall meeting on global warming which coincided with the opening of The Day After Tomorrow. David was so inspired by Gore's slide show that she, with producer Lawrence Bender, met with Guggenheim to adapt the presentation into a film.

Since the film's release, An Inconvenient Truth has been credited for raising international public awareness of climate change and reenergizing the environmental movement. The documentary has also been included in science curricula in schools around the world, which has spurred some controversy.



Al Gore’s Documentary - "An Inconvenient Truth" (2006) - ( 1 Hr.:36 Mins )


Former vice president Al Gore shares his concerns on the pressing issue of global warming in this documentary. A long-time environmental activist, Gore first became aware of evidence on global warming in the 1970s, and since leaving public office he has become a passionate advocate for large- and small-scale changes in our laws and lifestyles that could help alleviate this crisis. An Inconvenient Truth records a multi-media presentation hosted by Gore in which he discusses the scientific facts behind global warming, explains how it has already begun to affect our environment, talks about the disastrous consequences if the world's governments and citizens do not act, and shares what each individual can do to help protect the Earth for this and future generations. An Inconvenient Truth was directed by Davis Guggenheim, a veteran documentary filmmaker who also has an extensive background in episodic television.




TED Talk Al Gore New Thinking On The Climate Crisis  ( 29 mins)


TED Al Gore's new thinking on the climate crisis

Once the US Vice President, then star of An Inconvenient Truth, now Nobel Peace Prize winner, Al Gore found a way to focus the world's attention on climate change.





Alec Loorz - Student



Al Gore's & Alec Loorz




Alec Loorz - "We Need A Green Revolution" - Youtube Video –

Alec Loorz, a high school sophomore at El Camino High School in Ventura California, founded the non-profit organization, Kids-vs-Global-Warming when he was 12 years old. He is a filmmaker, a graphic designer, and a community activist passionately resolved to awaken youth to action on the most pressing issue of their lifetimes.

Inspired by Al Gore's documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, Alec felt compelled to reach his peers by creating his own multi-media presentation. Over the past two years, he has reached over 12,000 youth and adults with his message: "Our generation is the one who will be most affected if nothing is done about global warming, so we need to be the ones leading the movement to bring change. Our voices do matter."

A Million Youth "I Matter March"

Why 16 Year-Old Alec Loorz Is Suing the USA Government




Severn Suzuki – Canada ( at 12 Years Old)







"The Girl Who Silenced The World For 5 Minutes" at U.N. ( 6:42mins)
Earth Summit 1992









Dirt / Tierra - Movie ( 1 Hr: 57 mins)









 India’s prolific ecofeminist

Vandana Shiva




Shiva argues that urban living has led people to lose sight of the soil-based life cycle, where the waste byproducts of crops are fed to animals, which in turn provide the manure necessary to prepare the fields for the next harvest.




Vandana Shiva (Hindi:) b. 5 November 1952, Dehra Dun, Uttarakhand, India), is an Indian environmental activist and anti-globalization author. Shiva, currently based in Delhi, has authored more than 20 books. She was trained as a physicist and received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 1978 with the doctoral dissertation "Hidden variables and locality in quantum theory."

She is one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization, (along with Jerry Mander, Edward Goldsmith, Ralph Nader, Jeremy Rifkin, et al.), and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as the alter-globalization movement. She has argued for the wisdom of many traditional practices, as is evident from her interview in the book Vedic Ecology (by Ranchor Prime) that draws upon India's Vedic heritage. She is a member of the scientific committee of the Fundacion IDEAS, Spain's Socialist Party's think tank. She is also a member of the International Organization for a Participatory Society. She was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1993.


Dr. Vandana Shiva has fought for changes in the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. Intellectual property rights, biodiversity, biotechnology, bioethics, genetic engineering are among the fields where Shiva has contributed intellectually and through activist campaigns. She has assisted grassroots organizations of the Green movement in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Ireland, Switzerland, and Austria with campaigns against genetic engineering.

In 1982, she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, which led to the creation of Navdanya in 1991, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, the promotion of organic farming and fair trade.


Dr. Vandana Shiva has been interviewed for a number of documentary films including One Water,[citation needed] Deconstructing Supper: Is Your Food Safe?, The Corporation, Thrive, Dirt! The Movie, Roshni: Ray of Light; and This is What Democracy Looks Like (a documentary about the Seattle WTO protests of 1999)..
Shiva's focus on water has caused her to appear in a number of films on this topic.





Vandana Shiva - The Future of Food and Seed  (   1 Hr. )


Scientist, feminist, ecologist and author, Vandana Shiva, presenting the keynote address at the 2009 Organicology Conference in Portland, Oregon, on February 28, 2009.




Soil and Trouble - MOF 







Mr. Mushroom - Paul Stamets, Mycologist


Mushrooms, to many people, are simply a pizza topping choice. To Paul Stamets, they and all their fungal brethren are “the puppeteers of nature,” “Earth’s natural Internet,” and a wondrous and powerful tool that we can use to repair and renew our world. Stamets has deployed mushrooms to clean up toxins, restore soil, and combat pests; he hopes one day to use them to cure tuberculosis, revive entire ecosystems, and even seed other planets for life. His vision: a global network of “mycorestoration centers” that tap into the power of the vast mycelial web under our feet.

Read more: http://www.utne.com/2008-11-13/50-Visionaries-Who-Are-Changing-Your-World.aspx#ixzz2PEabKjZJ


Fungi Perfecti



Can Mushroom  help the Immune System and Cancer?



Paul Stamets: 6 ways mushrooms can save the world  ( 18 mins)


http://www.ted.com Mycologist Paul Stamets studies the mycelium -- and lists 6 ways that this astonishing fungus can help save the world.






Flow: For Love of Water (2008)


Flow: For Love of Water is a 2008 documentary film directed by Irena Salina produced by Steven Starr and co-produced by Gill Holland and Yvette Tomlinson . The film features interviews with water and community activists Maude Barlow, Peter Gleick; and, scientists Ashok Gadgil, Rajendra Singh, and Vandana Shiva. The film won the Grand Jury Award at the Mumbai International Film Festival and the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary at the United Nations Film Festival. It also  competed in the Documentary Competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

The film concentrates on the big business of privatization of water infrastructure which prioritizes profits over the availability of clean water for people and the environment. Major businesses depicted in the film are Nestle, The Coca-Cola Company, Suez, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

FLOW launched a Right To Water campaign to add a 31st article to the Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, Article31.org. FLOW was released theatrically by Oscilloscope Labs in September, 2008, and then invited to screen for the UN General Assembly on the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, where the first 50,000 signatories to Article31 were presented to the President of the General Assembly, Father Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann.

On July 28, 2010 a resolution was presented by Bolivia and co-sponsored by 35 countries, calling on the United Nations General Assembly to recognize the Right To Water. Despite opposition from the US, the UK and their allies, the resolution passed with the support of 122 countries, representing more than 5 billion of the world's population.





FLOW - For The Love Of Water 1/8  - Play List ( 11 mins)







Tapped - Documentary (2009)

( Subtitulos en Espanol )

Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig's debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water.

From the producers of Who Killed the Electric Car and I.O.U.S.A., this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water.

From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affected by the bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those caught at the intersection of big business and the public's right to water.








‘Homegrown’ The 21st Century Family Farm - Documentary


The Film


HOMEGROWN follows the Dervaes family who run a small organic farm in the heart of urban Pasadena, California. While “living off the grid”, they harvest over 6,000 pounds of produce on less than a quarter of an acre, make their own bio diesel, power their computers with the help of solar panels, and maintain a website that gets 4,000 hits a day. The film is an intimate human portrait of what it’s like to live like “Little House on the Prairie” in the 21st Century.








Bright Green Bronx—and Beyond
Majora Carter, founder, Sustainable South Bronx and Majora Carter Group


Majora Carter (born October 27, 1966) is an urban revitalization strategist[1] and public radio host, from the South Bronx area of New York City. Carter founded the non-profit environmental justice solutions corporation Sustainable South Bronx before entering the private sector.


First Majora Carter took on her neighborhood. Now she’s set her sights on the world. As the founder of Sustainable South Bronx, Carter greened her community by connecting what folks cared about—their kids’ health—to the pollution ravaging their air and water. This year, she left to create the Majora Carter Group. The consulting firm will help other municipalities take advantage of the tactics she honed in the South Bronx: training people who need work to shepherd in new green technologies, transforming polluted sites into lush community spaces, and generally ensuring that everyone has a stake in the clean energy economy.

Read more: http://www.utne.com/2008-11-13/50-Visionaries-Who-Are-Changing-Your-World.aspx#ixzz2PEc8CQY7

Read more: http://www.utne.com/2008-11-13/50-Visionaries-Who-Are-Changing-Your-World.aspx#ixzz2PEbopGY4


Greening the Ghetto  - ( 18 mins)








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Nature - Earth's Melting Glaciers



Swiss Melting Glaciers over 80 + years


Disappearing glaciers: Now you see them, now you don’t


When it comes to glaciers, climate change leaves marks that can be seen from space.


Melting Glaciers

(ENN) May 20 2013 - Most of the world's frozen water is locked up at the poles. 99 percent of Earth’s land ice is located in the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. Yet the remaining ice in the world’s glaciers contributed just as much to sea rise as the two major ice sheets combined from 2003 to 2009, says a new study led by Clark University and involving the University Colorado Boulder. The new research found that all glacial regions lost significant mass from 2003 to 2009, with the biggest ice losses occurring in Arctic Canada, Alaska, coastal Greenland, the southern Andes and the Himalayas. The glaciers outside of the Greenland and Antarctic sheets lost an average of roughly 260 billion metric tons of ice annually during the study period, causing the oceans to rise 0.03 inches, or about 0.7 millimeters per year.

 www.enn: Melting Glaciers region








Scientists find extensive Glacial Retreat in Mount Everest region


A new study finds a decline in snow and ice on Mount Everest  and the national park surrounding it








In Sign of Warming, 1,600 Years of Ice in Andes Melted in 25 Years


April 4, 2013 - Glacial ice in the Peruvian Andes that took at least 1,600 years to form has melted in just 25 years, scientists reported Thursday, the latest indication that the recent spike in global temperatures has thrown the natural world out of balance.
The evidence comes from a remarkable find at the margins of the Quelccaya ice cap in Peru, the world’s largest tropical ice sheet. Rapid melting there in the modern era is uncovering plants that were locked in a deep freeze when the glacier advanced many thousands of years ago.
Dating of those plants, using a radioactive form of carbon in the plant tissues that decays at a known rate, has given scientists an unusually precise method of determining the history of the ice sheet’s margins.
Lonnie G. Thompson, the Ohio State University glaciologist whose team has worked intermittently on the Quelccaya ice cap for decades, reported the findings in a paper released online Thursday by the journal Science.






Glaciers in Chile 'melt at fastest rate in 350 years'


April 03, 2011 - Melting mountain glaciers are making sea levels rise faster now than at any time in the last 350 years, according to new research.

Universities at Aberystwyth, Exeter and Stockholm looked at longer timescales than usual for their study. They mapped changes in 270 of the largest glaciers between Chile and Argentina since the "Little Ice Age".

Studies showed glaciers have lost volume on average "10 to 100 times faster" in the last 30 years.

The rapid melt rate is linked to their contribution to global sea level.

The new research was published in the journal Nature Geoscience on Sunday.
www.bbc.co.uk:  Glaciers in Chile 'melt at fastest rate in 350 years'





Extent of surface melt over Greenland’s ice sheet on July 8, 2012 (left) and July 12, 2012. In just a few days, the melting had dramatically accelerated and an estimated 97 percent of the ice sheet surface had thawed. Credit: NASA.




Greenland Ice Melting


Satellites reveal rare levels of Greenland ice melt


Nearly all of Greenland’s ice cover at least temporarily melted at the surface during an unusually warm stretch in mid-July – a level of melting not seen there in 123 years, NASA said.

In an average summer, melting happens on about half of the surface of Greenland’s ice sheet, which covers most of the land and is an average 1 mile thick.

But an unusually strong ridge of relatively warm air – hovering just above freezing for several hours at the highest elevation – rapidly accelerated melting this month, and satellites showed that an estimated 97% of the surface had melted at some point by July 12, NASA said.

While some of that melt water freezes in place, some of it is lost to rivers and the ocean – and mid-July’s melting caused river flooding that threatened a number of bridges, said Tom Wagner, NASA’s cryosphere program manager in Washington. (The flooding has been captured on a number of YouTube videos, including this one.)

Where this falls in the larger context of Greenland’s changing ice cap – scientists say it is shrinking and causing ocean levels to rise, with warming ocean waters causing ice on the periphery to be lost through melting and rapid flow – is a complicated question, NASA says.

Ice core samples show that the surface melting seen this July happens once in about every 150 years, and the last such melt happened in 1889, NASA said.

“It could be that this melt event is caused by normal variations that just happen once in a while,” Wagner said by phone Tuesday.

So, Wagner said, one can’t attribute July’s melting to global warming, but the melting must be digested with this in mind: that "warming is causing the loss of ice all over Greenland, and the Greenland ice sheet is shrinking."

Wagner said Greenland has lost 150 gigatons of ice per year over the last 20 years, and its shrinking cap contributes up to half a millimeter a year to global sea-level rise. Researchers haven’t determined how much of mid-July’s melt refroze or went into the ocean, NASA said.

The July 8-12 melting happened days before an island of ice twice the size of Manhattan broke off from Greenland’s Petermann Glacier on July 16. But with glacier calving attributed to ocean temperature, not the more quickly fluctuating air temperature, no one is linking the calving to July’s melting of surface ice, Wagner said.

July’s melting "combined with other natural but uncommon phenomena, such as the large calving event last week on Petermann Glacier, are part of a complex story,” Wagner said in a news release. “Satellite observations are helping us understand how events like these may relate to one another as well as to the broader climate system.”

July’s melting was detected by three satellites – the Indian Space Research Organization’s Oceansat-2, and NASA’s Terra and Aqua.






Exceptional 2012 Greenland Ice Melt Caused By Jet Stream Changes That May Be Driven By Global Warming












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Findhorn Community - Eileen Caddy Founder


Eileen Caddy - Founder







Findhorn Community - Eileen Caddy Founder

The Findhorn Foundation is a Scottish charitable trust registered in 1972, formed by the spiritual community at the Findhorn Ecovillage, one of the largest intentional communities in Britain.[1] It has

been home to thousands of residents from more than 40 countries. The Foundation runs various educational programmes for the Findhorn community; it also houses about 40 community businesses

 like the Findhorn Press, and an alternative medicine centre.

Their Vision

The Findhorn Foundation is a Spiritual Community, Ecovillage and an International Centre for Holistic Education, helping to unfold a new human consciousness and create a positive and sustainable future.


Our community is an experiment in conscious living, a learning centre and an Ecovillage. Based mainly

at The Park, Findhorn and at Cluny Hill in Forres, the community extends to many individuals and organizations within the local area and to the islands of Iona and Erraid on the west coast of Scotland.


Within the Findhorn Ecovillage at The Park, sustainable values are expressed in the built environment with ecological houses, applied technology in the Living Machine waste water treatment facility, the biomass boiler, and electricity-generating wind turbines, as well as the community's social, economic and educational initiatives.



Dorothy Maclean, Eileen Caddy;

at Findhorn, 1988




"We gladly come to draw all of you

into a new vision, for an expanded consciousness is dawning upon all humanity  like the light of the

sunrise falling on closed eyes.
Open your eyes and experience the freedom of joy."


The Devas

The Findhorn Garden

In the garden we feel that we are

indeed pioneers... we are learning

 the very secrets of creation.





Dorothy Maclean and the Findhorn Community

One Life breathes Oneness.

Dorothy was one of the co-founders of Findhorn Community in northeast Scotland. Dorothy worked in the garden from early morning until dark, now and then meditating and writing down messages.

“The land in the caravan park was sandy and dry but he persevered. Dorothy discovered she was able to intuitively contact the overlighting spirits of plants – which she called angels, and then devas – who gave her instructions on how to make the most of their fledgling garden. She and Peter translated this guidance into action, and with amazing results. From the barren sandy soil of the Findhorn Bay Caravan Park grew huge plants, herbs and flowers of dozens of kinds, most famously the now-legendary 40-pound cabbages. Word spread, horticultural experts came and were stunned, and the garden at Findhorn became famous.”

On 8 May 1963 she was told to feel into the wind. She thought this was a nice excuse to go off and enjoy walks in nature. But soon the garden that she and another co-founder, Peter Caddy, worked on, began to bear strangely large vegetables, for overjoyed nature spirits took part in raising them, she was informed. And also that "The smaller individual nature spirits are under [the] jurisdiction of" "the spirits of clouds, of rain, and of vegetables".

She learnt to seek into the glorious realms of nature, where everything has a soul and intelligence. Now a garden pea said to her once she tuned into it, "You have come straight to my awareness . . . While the vegetable kingdom holds no grudge against those it feeds, man takes what he can as a matter of course, giving no thanks."

She saw she was not communicating with a single vegetable, but with the soul of the whole of the species of that vegetable. As soon as Peter Caddy got to hear this, he made a list of questions she was to ask different vegetable devas (lit. "shining ones", devas, in Sanskrit). There was another founder too, Eileen Caddy, the wife of Peter. Her and Dorothy's inner voice guidance brought them to the location (next to the town's dump) and encouraged them throughout. Dorothy: "We didn't have the slightest idea what we were creating."

Also, Robert Ogilvie Crombie (called "Roc") began to see and talk with "the 'smaller' nature spirits" or 'elementals'" shortly after visiting Findhorn for the first time in 1966 at around the age of 75. The 'larger' nature spirits that Dorothy contacted, stood out as "the architects who have the plan and pattern for Nature", while the elementals were the blue collar workers that did the actual work, they say. Ogilvie never lived at Findhorn, but he had to explain the behavior of mankind and Peter Caddy to the nature spirits there and beg for forgiveness and patience from them, "telling them that the offending people were well-intended, just ignorant. This included preventing a nature spirit strike at Findhorn when Peter cut plants in full bloom. Ogilvie was told flowers should never be cut down while in bloom.

With some people nature spirits will cooperate when invoked, Findhorn teaches, and the results of working with Nature was astounding. Some vegetables were growing to extraordinary sizes - including a 21 kg cabbage! Fruit trees thrived, and many herbs and flowers, and word got around that something very strange was happening. Experts came, and a compost expert and Soil Association member wrote: "...'By their fruits shall ye know them.' The fruits are those I have been looking for."

She was described by a previous mentor as one of "elfin mind" and "shimmering" thoughts. Her first communication at Findhorn came through her favorite vegetable, the garden pea, which Dorothy had connected with on the soul level. She took down notes. One of the results is her book “To hear the Angels Sing”. It contains much substance to ponder.





The Findhorn Garden The Findhorn Garden: Pioneering a New Vision of Humanity and Nature in Cooperation.

– Excerpts from

The Findhorn Garden, Nature Spirits and Devas.











The Findhorn Film - OPENING DOORS WITHIN ( 9 mins)

- It all started with “A still small Voice”

- OPENING DOORS WITHIN. It follows the spiritual journey of Eileen Caddy, co-founder of the famous and magical Findhorn Garden in Scottland. It was produced with the Findhorn Foundation over the course of 3 years from 1988 to 1991.

An Introduction to the Findhorn Foundation ( 7 mins)

The Findhorn Foundation is a world renowned community and education centre at the heart of the Findhorn Ecovillage, demonstrating new ways for people to live in harmony with each other and the natural world. In this introduction to our goals and vision, founders Eileen Caddy and Dorothy Maclean reflect on the community's origins. Featuring music by Mike Scott of the Waterboys.

Findhorn Now ( 10 mins)









Recreating Eden







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