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Environmental Activism

Build Green

A program that demonstrates the personal, cultural, and economic benefits to be had by utilizing a variety of modern techniques and technologies to plan and build environmentally friendly, safe, comfortable, and attractive homes. Features various houses and communities that have been designed and constructed using an assortment of building materials and energy sources deemed sustainable and ecologically conscientious.

City Farmers.

A journey down New York City's meanest streets where inner-city residents have transformed the rubble and rats of abandoned land into burgeoning vegetable and flower gardens. The gardeners vividly narrate stories about life on both sides of the garden fence: from their fight against drug dealers and gangs to the successes of the gardens as food for needy families and senior citizens. 1997. 31 min.

Earth Days

Traces the origins of the modern environmental movement through the eyes of nine Americans who propelled the movement from its beginnings in the 1950s to its moment of triumph in 1970 with the original Earth Day, and to its status as a major political force in America. Drawing heavily on eyewitness testimony and a wealth of never before seen archival footage, examines the revolutionary achievements and missed opportunities of a decade of groundbreaking activism. Special features: Robert Stone's first film: Pollution, 1972 with audio commentary with Robert Stone. Directed by Robert Stone.

Earth Trauma. (The Rebels)

Born from the political activist movement of the 1960's, groups like Greenpeace, EarthFirst and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society scoffed at the mainstream tactics of institutionalized environmentalism and instead took direct action to protect Mother Earth. Witness here the story of grass-roots rebellion with an ecological cause; the story of radical environmentalists as their 'green rebellion' spread around the world. 1998. 47 min.

Ecological Design: Inventing the Future

Beginning in the 1920's with the work of R. Buckminster Fuller, moving through the 1960's and the Counter Culture and ending on the doorstep of the 21st century, the film follows the evolution of ecological design from the visions of a few independent thinkers to the powerful movement it is now becoming.

Endangered Planet, 1959(People's Century)

Throughout the 20th century the natural world has been assaulted as never before by advancing technology. This film chronicles the rise of the environmental movement which began in the late 1950's when it was first uncovered that unbridled industrial and economic growth can have a devastating impact on the quality of life on earth. c1998. 56 min.

Energy And Resource Efficiencies.

Climate-accepting vs. Climate-rejecting buildings -- Designing it right to begin with -- Case studies: Rocky Mountain Institute, NMB Bank -- Panel 1: Design process and design synergies -- Demand side management -- Panel 2: Economic incentives for Green Market -- Case study: Way station -- Panel 3: Trends in codes, standards and regulations. 1993. 78 min.

Environmental Architecture

With proper research and a little ingenuity it is possible to build or renovate houses which improve our social environment without destroying the physical environment. This program shows how architects are now designing 'environmentally friendly' buildings that are energy efficient and in harmony with nature. 1990. 30 min.

Fire in the Eyes

Taped at various locations where anti-logging protesters were attempting to demonstrate in the Headwaters Forest Wilderness, this program shows police officers swabbing & spraying pepper spray on the eyelids of non-violent protestors as a "pain compliance tool" as they demonstrated at Pacific Lumber, at Bear Creek logging camp and in the Eureka office of Republican Representative Frank Riggs. It also includes the story of David "Gypsy" Chain's death in Grizzly Creek. c1999. 32 min.

Going to the Source: A Video About Waste Prevention

Creating a sustainable environment for future generations depends not only on recycling, but on our ability to prevent waste from occuring in the first place." Looks at "Alameda County's Source Reduction and Recycling Plan, which places renewed focus on source reduction and waste prevention" with visits to firms which have successfully implemented waste reduction programs. Oakland, CA: Alameda County Waste Management Authority, Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board, c2003. 28 min.

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