Earth Day is celebrated around the world each year on April 22nd . Cities worldwide have Earth Day festivals and activities to encourage conservation and protection of the environment.
An inconvenient truth
Former Vice President Al Gore explains the facts of global warming, presents arguments that the dangers of global warming have reached the level of crisis, and addresses the efforts of certain interests to discredit the anti-global warming cause. Between lecture segments, Gore discusses his personal commitment to the environment, sharing anecdotes from his experiences.
A world wide odyssey to capture the images which transcend language to tell the story of the earth's evolution and of human diversity, interconnectedness between humans and nature, and man's impact on the surrounding world. Shot in 24 countries on six continents.
Tells the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet: the infamous $27 billion 'Amazon Chernobyl' lawsuit pitting 30,000 rainforest dwellers in Ecuador against the U.S. oil giant Chevron.
Darwin's nightmare [videorecording]
A look at the Nile perch fishing industry in Tanzania, which is destroying the ecology of Lake Victoria while delivering few economic benefits to the Tanzanian people. A critique of post-colonial exploitation of Africa by the developed world and the forces of globalization
Earth aid. Recycling [videorecording]
Emmy Award-winning film and TV star Ed Begley Jr. leads this discussion of recycling, exploring ways in which we can help preserve the Earth's natural balance. The statistics are stark: the U.S. disposses of 136 million cans, bottles, and jars daily
Earth aid. Water conservation [videorecording]
The amount of water on Earth available for use remains the same even as the amount of people on the planet continues to grow. Ed Begley Jr., Emmy Award Nominee and motion picture star, presents helpful tips on ways everyone can help to conserve an indispensible natural resource that Earth and all its inhabitants depend on, water
For the price of a cup of coffee [videorecording]
A short environmental documentary examining the life cycle of a disposable paper cup and the environmental repercussions of a culture reliant on convenience... Shot throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including interviews with local activists, environmental experts and businesses.
Koyaanisqatsi [videorecording] : life out of balance
Koyaanisqatsi is a Hopi Indian word meaning variously: crazy life, life in turmoil, life disintegrating, life out of balance (the subtitle for this film), and a state of life that calls for another way of life. This film presents a concert of visual images set to the music of Philip Glass that progresses from purely natural environments to nature as affected by man, and finally to man's own man made environment that is devoid of nature.
The national parks [videorecording] : America's best idea
Traces the birth of the national park idea in the mid-1800s and follows its evolution for nearly 150 years. Using archival photographs, first-person accounts of historical characters, personal memories and analysis from more than 40 interviews, and what Burns believes is the most stunning cinematography in Florentine Films' history, the series chronicles the steady addition of new parks through the stories of the people who helped create them and save them from destruction.
Analyzes the causes and effects of the seemingly innocuous act of 'taking out the garbage,' while showcasing the individuals, activists, corporate and advocacy groups working to affect change and reform the current model.
The items shown below are a small representation of the library materials available on this topic. For a more complete list, use the subject headings listed in the next box.
Fight global warming now : the handbook for taking action in your community
Drawing on the experience of 1,400 Step It Up organizers in all fifty states, Bill McKibben—the author of The End of Nature and Deep Economy—and the Step It Up team explain how you can build the fight in your community, college, or place of worship. They describe how you can:
—jump-start volunteers with quick, ad hoc actions;
—generate persuasive and meaningful political pressure;
—plan creative events that draw media attention;
—launch grassroots campaigns online; and
—rally diverse groups that all have a stake in the crisis—whether they know it yet or not.
Go green! [electronic resource]
America is shifting to a "green culture" where all 300 million citizens are embracing the fact that environmental responsibility is everyone's responsibility. "Go Green!" is a monthly newsletter from the US EPA with information about activities and events that everyone can use to make a difference in their homes, communities, and offices.
Green : your place in the new energy revolution
Green illustrates and sheds new light on the gamut of issues associated with renewable energy, a topic whose importance increases exponentially with every temperature record-setting year. Jane and Michael Hoffman use their years of experience to explain the technological and economic future of this ecologically significant issue. They incisively explain its politics: what countries are doing right now and, most importantly, what the U.S. should be doing. Green will cut through the hype and polemics surrounding ecologically friendly technologies and present the unvarnished truth. It will guide the reader through the misinformation and confusion over global warming, and demonstrate the degree to which renewable energy can be part of the solution.
The green business guide : a one stop resource for businesses of all shapes and sizes to implement eco-friendly policies, programs, and practices
The Green Business Guide is a comprehensive resource designed to help organizations incorporate green practices into their operations. Its content blends strategic conversation at the board level with green planning and program management at the middle-level, and with how-to direction that spells out actions at the shop level.
The Green Business Guide also contains dozens of user-friendly checklists for every facet of making a business more environmentally friendly. By following the guidance contained in this book, organizations will position themselves as leaders in the marketplace, in their industry, and in the communities in which they operate. Business is recognizing the importance of being a responsible corporate citizen--not only to avoid negative publicity and brand erosion, but also to enjoy benefits that translate directly to the bottom line.
The green movement
This anthology is composed of a wide spectrum of primary sources written by many of the foremost authorities in their respective fields. This unique approach provides students with a concise view of divergent opinions on this topic. Extensive book and periodical bibliographies and a list of organizations to contact are also included.
Sir David Frederick Attenborough, a respected broadcaster and naturalist, presented the "Life" series on BBC which has become the standard of excellence for nature and wildlife filmmaking. The DVDs shown below are available in the James P. Adams Library and can be checked out for one week with a library-activated RIC ID card.
Planet Earth : the complete series
Complete eleven part series featuring rare footage of animals worldwide, their habitats and behaviors, and the need for ongoing conservation. Five years in production, over 2000 days in the field, using 40 cameramen filming across 200 locations, shot entirely in high definition, this 11-part series is the ultimate portrait of our planet. Planet Earth takes viewers to places never seen before, to experience sights and sounds one may never experience anywhere else.
Life in the undergrowth [videorecording]
David Attenborough guides the viewer through a miniature universe teeming with life, never normally seen, yet all around us. New technology reveals surreal vistas and their extraordinary inhabitants.
The life of mammals [videorecording]
Introduces us to the most diverse group of animals ever to live on this planet. From the smallest to the largest, from the slowest to the fastest, from the least attractive to the most irresistible. Looks at 4,000 species, including ones that have outlived the dinosaurs and conquered the farthest places on Earth. Examine how their adaptations for finding food have had an effect on the way they socialize, mate and live.
The blue planet. Seas of life [videorecording]
The Blue Planet: Seas of Life is the definitive exploration of the marine world, chronicling the mysteries the deep in ways never before imagined. One of the finest wildlife programs you're ever likely to see, The Blue Planet: Seas of Life provides the privilege of visiting a truly alien world teeming with the rarest wonders of nature.
For information about a variety of disasters affecting the earth, see the LibGuide "Disasters - Natural and Man-Made". Topics include the Gulf oil spill, Japan earthquake and tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and other major floods, earthquakes and volcanoes.