Why Bitcoin is so Bad for the Planet

A short video presentation from the Guardian’s UK technology editor Alex Hern, who examines how exactly bitcoin uses electricity and if the environmental cost is too high.

Story of Stuff

A simple and short video that helps explain how the global, linear supply chains of the economic system works from an environmental perspective. Synopsis: “From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of […]

Winged Migration: Extended Preview

This clip is useful for exploring the wilderness environmental discourse. It can also be used to discuss how “nature” stories are constructed.

Food, Inc.

The opening four minute title sequence features the voice of food journalist, Michael Pollan, discussing how food packaging depicts (and misleads) about American agriculture. This is an excellent example of how environmental discourses are communicated in everyday life and models for students how to analyze them.

Indigenous Cosmology: The Honorable Harvest

This short video is part of a series called “Seeding the Field: 30 Years of Transformative Solutions,” which celebrates some of the best moments of the Bioneers conference through the last 30 years. “Indigenous peoples worldwide honor plants, not only as our sustainers, but as our oldest teachers who share teachings of generosity, creativity, sustainability and joy. By their living examples, plants spur our imaginations of how we might live. By braiding indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) with modern tools of botanical science, Robin Kimmerer, professor of Environmental Science and Forestry, of Potawatomi ancestry.”

Planet Earth II: Official Extended Trailer (BBC Earth)

This BBC trailer can be used for discussions about the representations of wilderness, animals, environmental discourses, and environmental ideology. It’s important to also pay attention to the use of Hollywood-style film language.

Among Giants: Short Documentary About Tree Sitting

Synopsis: “Risking injury and incarceration, an environmental activist disrupts the clear-cutting of an ancient redwood grove by sitting on a tiny platform a hundred feet up in the tree canopy. Already three years into the tree-sit when filming begins, AMONG GIANTS blends vérité cinematography with intimate personal reflection to remarkable effect.” This can be compared to how advertisers represent environmental activism. It can also be used to explore environmental ideology.

On Common Ground: Alexis Bonogofsky

Synopsis: “On Common Ground tells the authentic stories of individuals whose lives have been shaped by our public lands. Taken together, these stories remind us of all that we stand to lose if we sell, pollute, privatize or otherwise destroy the literal common ground we share as Americans. As go our public lands, so goes our democracy. Today, both stand imperiled.” More information: www.oncommonground.land.” This video is good for exploring environmental ideology and environmental discourses.