A Quiet Revolution: The Earth Charter and Human Potential | Resource Center A 30-minute film featuring three dramatic case studies of how individuals in India, Slovakia and Kenya have contributed to solving local environmental problems. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep, and featuring interviews with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and other experts, the film's primary message is that even one person's action can make a dramatic difference. "...feeling powerless to affect the crisis facing humanity, many do nothing. But a growing number of ordinary people are carrying out a quiet revolution." "Sometimes I tell myself, I may only be planting a tree here, but just imagine what's happening if there are billions of people out there doing something. Just imagine the power of what we can do..."--2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai The film is now available in 8 languages--English, Japanese, Chinese (traditional), Korean, Spanish, French, German and Arabic. Click here to view the full video ▲ Back to top
Graue Energie Größenordnungen[Bearbeiten] Das Statistische Bundesamt Deutschlands errechnete, dass im Jahr 2003 die durchschnittliche Energieintensität aller Waren ohne Energiegüter 4,5 MJ/EUR betrug. D. h. im gesamtwirtschaftlichen Mittel verursacht jeder Euro, den ein Endverbraucher ausgibt, zirka eine Kilowattstunde (= 3,6 MJ) an „grauer Energie“ (ausgenommen direkter Kauf von Energie). Je nach Gütergruppe variiert die Energieintensität stark. Folgende Gruppen waren im Jahr 2003 laut Statistischem Bundesamt am meisten mit indirektem Energiebedarf belastet: Luftfahrt (25,7 MJ/EUR), sonstiger Verkehr (16,3 MJ/EUR) und chemische Erzeugnisse (11,8 MJ/EUR). Beispiele[Bearbeiten] Einzelprodukte[Bearbeiten] Schwierigkeiten bei der Berechnung[Bearbeiten] Die Prozesskette ist bei den meisten Produkten ziemlich komplex, sodass man bei der Berechnung der grauen Energie vereinfachende Annahmen treffen muss. Ist es etwa sinnvoll, den Energiebedarf der Betriebskantine auf die erzeugten Produkte umzulegen?
Wegmans Cruelty Wegmans Cruelty is a half hour documentary produced by a small investigative team from the organization Compassionate Consumers. Organization members contacted Wegmans Food Markets to try to hold some meaningful dialogue about the conditions at Wegmans Egg Farm, and were then misled and dismissed by Wegmans representatives. The team set out to capture actual footage inside the farm and create a film based on their experience. The film features statements from Wegmans representatives, interviews with the investigators, and footage of what life and death is like inside of a battery cage facility. Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 68-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia. Watch the full documentary now The Zeitgeist Movement Green The Film
Virtuelles Wasser Als virtuelles Wasser bzw. latentes Wasser wird jenes Wasser bezeichnet, das zur Erzeugung eines Produkts aufgewendet wird. Zieht man die Bilanz des virtuellen Wassers, verbraucht jeder Deutsche pro Tag rund 4000 – 5000 Liter Wasser. Den Begriff prägte der englische Geograf John Anthony Allan um 1995. Für seine Leistung erhielt er 2008 den „Stockholmer Wasserpreis“ des Stockholm International Water Institute. Mit virtuellem Wasser ist die Wassermenge bezeichnet, die nach einer umfassenden Bilanz als tatsächlich gebrauchte Menge pro Produkt anfällt. Bei der Herstellung eines Mikrochips werden 32 Liter Wasser verbraucht, bei der Herstellung von 1 Kilo Rindfleisch 15.000 Liter. Bilanzierung des virtuellen Wassers[Bearbeiten] Die Untersuchungen zielen auf einen künftig sparsameren Wasserverbrauch in Regionen mit Wassermangel. Die Berechnung des virtuellen Wassers ermöglicht auch, den internationalen Transfer von in Produkten gebundenem Wasser zu untersuchen. [Bearbeiten] englisch
Strange Days on Planet Earth Around the globe, experts are racing to solve a series of mysteries: how could a one-degree rise in average temperature have profound effects around the globe? How could crumbling houses in New Orleans be linked to voracious creatures from southern China? Hosted by actor-writer-director Edward Norton, this award-winning series uses state-of-the-art graphics and globe-spanning investigations to understand how our environment is changing and why? More and more plants and animals are turning up where they don't belong. In Uganda it took only a few years for water hyacinth, not native to the area, to rapidly spread around Lake Victoria, choking the banks. Watch the full documentary now (playlist - 3 hours, 35 minutes)
The Zeitgeist Movement The Zeitgeist Movement advocates a transition from a global money-based economic system to their version of a resource-based economy. The informal group was founded by and is directed by Peter Joseph. Joseph's films, form the basis of The Zeitgeist Movement's ideas. The films are critical of market capitalism and the price system method in general. Joseph created a political movement according to The Daily Telegraph, that dismisses historic religious concepts as misleading and embraces a version of sustainable ecological concepts and science administration of society. The name of the group comes from the German word Zeitgeist, meaning "spirit of the age" or "spirit of the time". History Views Currently The Zeitgeist Movement's ideas are presented through local and national chapters and online release of media. Zeitgeist holds an annual event, Z-Day, in March. Reception See also References External links Official website
Films For Action Presents: The Top 100 Documentaries Inspiring the Shift to a Sustainable Paradigm By Films For Action / filmsforaction.org Film offers us a powerful tool to shift awareness and inspire action. By hosting community film screenings and sharing them online, they offer a method to break our dependence on the mainstream media and become the media ourselves. We don't need to wait for anyone or anything. Just imagine what could become possible if an entire city had seen just one of the documentaries below. Just imagine what would be possible if everyone in the country was aware of how unhealthy the mainstream media was for our future and started turning to independent sources in droves. Creating a better world really does start with an informed citizenry, and there's lots of subject matter to cover. Our society needs a new story to belong to. But most of all, we need to see the promise of the alternatives - we need to be able to imagine new exciting ways that people could live, better than anything that the old paradigm could ever dream of providing. Community Suggestions
Community Supported Agriculture Thinking about signing up for a CSA but want to learn more about the idea before you commit? Read on. For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. This arrangement creates several rewards for both the farmer and the consumer. Advantages for farmers: Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm's cash flow Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow Advantages for consumers: It's a simple enough idea, but its impact has been profound. Variations As you might expect with such a successful model, farmers have begun to introduce variations. CSAs aren't confined to produce. Shared Risk
ZOO Zoo, a film by The Stranger columnist Charles Mudede and director Robinson Devor, and executive producers Garr Godfrey and Ben Exworthy, is a documentary on the life and death of Kenneth Pinyan (played by Adam T. McLain) a Seattle area man who died of peritonitis due to perforation of the colon after engaging in receptive anal sex with a horse. The film's public debut was at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2007, where it was one of 16 winners out of 856 candidates, and played at numerous regional festivals in the USA thereafter. Following Sundance, it was also selected as one of the top five American films to be presented at the prestigious Directors Fortnight sidebar at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Watch the full documentary now (playlist) Warning: You may find some of the details in this video disturbing.