Earth day was last week and it got me thinking about how insane human beings are regarding their care of the planet that they live on and share with all other living things. Take for example our dependency on oil and other non renewable fossil fuels and what that does to our environment. All you have to do to see how horrible the petrochemical industry is to the well being of the planet is to look at the photo above and ask yourself if you’d mind living next door to this Montreal East refinery. I don’t mean to preach or get on a soapbox after all I drive a car, use electricity and purchase products that are not friendly to the environment because I need them for work. That doesn’t mean that I along with the rest of the world, especially the western world can’t learn to change our ways. Our governments spend trillions of dollars on weapons that could be used to research alternative renewable and sustainable green energy sources. After all it’s in everyone’s best interest to have clean air to breathe, pure water to drink and less weapons in the world.
Part of the process is learning more about what is going on in the world and what we can do to help. So I’m going to list a few eye opening documentaries here that present some facts that you may not be aware of, I know that I sure learned a lot by watching them. In my view they are not political films but rather films that educate us and hopefully it won’t matter if you are left, right or centre in your political views. We all share this planet and it’s up to all of us to make sure that we leave it in good shape for future generations. If you find the documentaries posted here useful or educational I hope that you’ll pass on this information and the links to your friends and family.
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This is a beautifully filmed movie and is available for a free download including a HD version.
We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth’s climate. The stakes are high for us and our children. Everyone should take part in the effort, and HOME has been conceived to take a message of mobilization out to every human being. For this purpose, HOME needs to be free. A patron, the PPR Group, made this possible. EuropaCorp, the distributor, also pledged not to make any profit because Home is a non-profit film. HOME has been made for you : share it! And act for the planet.
Yann Arthus-Bertrand, GoodPlanet Fundation President
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The Story of Stuff Project’s mission is to build a strong, diverse, decentralized, cross-sector movement to transform systems of production and consumption to serve ecological sustainability and social wellbeing. Our goals are to amplify public discourse on a diverse set of sustainability issues and to facilitate the growing Story of Stuff community’s involvement in strategic efforts to build a more sustainable and just world.
Blue Gold: World Water Wars
In every corner of the globe, we are polluting, diverting, pumping, and wasting our limited supply of fresh water at an expediential level as population and technology grows. The rampant overdevelopment of agriculture, housing and industry increase the demands for fresh water well beyond the finite supply, resulting in the desertification of the earth.
Corporate giants force developing countries to privatize their water supply for profit. Wall Street investors target desalination and mass bulk water export schemes. Corrupt governments use water for economic and political gain. Military control of water emerges and a new geo-political map and power structure forms, setting the stage for world water wars.
We follow numerous worldwide examples of people fighting for their basic right to water, from court cases to violent revolutions to U.N. conventions to revised constitutions to local protests at grade schools. As Maude Barlow proclaims, “This is our revolution, this is our war”. A line is crossed as water becomes a commodity. Will we survive?
A Crude Awakening
OilCrash, produced and directed by award-winning European journalists and filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack, tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visits with the world’s top experts and comes to a startling, but logical conclusion – our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled.
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