Earthcare Working Group Lending Library
How to access the Free DVD Lending Library:
To borrow a DVD for viewing by your meeting or committee, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org - including the address where the DVD should be sent and the dates during which you want the DVD. Most of the filmmakers who have made these videos are glad to have them shown free to house parties and other private groups. If you are planning to have a more public showing, especially one that is advertised, check the website for the film to determine licensing requirements.
Before the Flood - From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet. The film follows DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic speaking to scientists, world leaders, activists and local residents to gain a deeper understanding of this complex issue and investigate concrete solutions to the most pressing environmental challenge of our time. 1 hour 36 minutes
Food Chains - In this exposé, an intrepid group of Florida farmworkers battle to defeat the $4 trillion global supermarket industry through their ingenious Fair Food program, which partners with growers and retailers to improve working conditions for farm laborers in the United States. Their story is one of hope and promise for the triumph of morality over corporate greed – to ensure a dignified life for farm workers and a more humane, transparent food chain. 1 hour 23 minutes.
How to Let Go of the World: and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change - Oscar Nominated director Josh Fox continues in his deeply personal style, investigating climate change – the greatest threat our world has ever known. Traveling to twelve countries on six continents, the film acknowledges that it may be too late to stop some of the worst consequences and asks, what is it that climate change can’t destroy? What is so deep within us that no calamity can take it away? 2 hrs. 8 minutes.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power - A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture, comes the follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. While the film provides a backstage look at Gore at the Climate Summit in Paris, it ends with the election of Trump and the certainty that this is a set-back in the quest for a solution to the problems created by climate change. The film is best seen as a prelude to the study of Gore's book by the same title,. The book does not have the personal focus of the movie. The first of two parts covers the scientific evidence for climate change. It treats in depth the catastrophes covered in the movie, adds references to other events, and includes accounts of women and men working to combat climate change. The second part discusses actions to mitigate and possibly reverse climate change. 1 hour 27 minutes.
An Inconvenient Truth: A Global Warning - In this classic environmental film from 2006, director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Al Gore's personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate change in the most talked-about documentary at Sundance. 1 hour 27 minutes.
Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us? is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from award-winning filmmaker Taggart Siegel, director of Real Dirt on Farmer John. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.
A Plastic Ocean begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect. 1 hour 40 minutes.
Racing Extinction - Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth's history. Number five took out the dinosaurs. This era is called the Anthropocene, or 'Age of Man', because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. We are the only ones who can stop it as well. This videos bring a voice to the thousands of species on the very edge of life and exposes the threats endangering them. 1 hour 30 minutes.
Requiem for the American Dream - Iconic intellectual Noam Chomsky states his case for how the bulk of America's wealth and influence has been transferred to the hands of a few. Articulating ten fundamental principles that perpetuate this vicious cycle, Chomsky provides penetrating insight into the demise of democracy and erosion of opportunity that are likely to be the lasting hallmarks of our time. He is also author of a 192-page book of the same name. The video might be a prelude to the study of the book. 1 hour 13 minutes.
Seed: The Untold Story - As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. 1 hour 34 minutes. - 1 hour version also included.
This Changes Everything - What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world? Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Directed by Avi Lewis, and inspired by Naomi Klein’s international non-fiction bestseller, This Changes Everything, the film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. Interwoven with these stories of struggle is Klein’s narration, connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better. 1 hour 30 minutes.
Years of Living Dangerously, Season Two - A National Geographic series presenting fifteen correspondents in a series of fifty-minute episodes devoted to different aspects of climate change. Because each episode is less than an hour, this may be a good choice for a study group. Series One is available on line through YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpB8sbYuefrX6bblUFUM1hQ.