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Environmental Economics and Sustainability

The Forum on Religion and Ecology is dedicated to providing resource listings for pedagogical purposes. This resource list suggests films and videos that may be utilized in classroom situations. The list is not exhaustive of all materials on the topic and the Forum on Religion and Ecology does not endorse any of the films, videos, and corporations listed below. The list is to be utilized as a possible resource listing for teachers who are looking for supplementary materials for their courses.

 

Environmental Economics and Sustainability
  Affluenza
Biomimicry: Learning from Nature
Conversation for Sustainable Society
A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
Crude Impact
The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream
Hydrogen: The Safe & Clean Fuel
An Introduction to Ecological Economics
Investing in Natural Capital
Power Shift: Energy + Sustainability 
RADICALLY Simple
Renewable Power: The Earth's Clean Energy Destiny
Turning Down the Heat: The New Energy Revolution
Velocity: Exploring Sustainability through Wind Power, Green Building & Hydrogen
Who Killed the Electric Car?


Title Affluenza
Series None Listed
Publisher Seattle, Wash.: KCTS/Seattle and Oregon Public Broadcasting, 1997
Credits None Listed
Format VHS
Length 57 minutes
Abstract Addressing the social ills of overconsumption and materialism, this sobering and amusing video examines the features and effects of consumerism.
   
Title Biomimicry: Learning from Nature
Series None Listed
Publisher Oley, PA: Bullfrog Films, 2002
Credits Director: Paul Lang
Producers: Paul Lang and David Springbett
Executive Producer: Michael Allder
Presenters: David Suzuki and Janine Benyus
Format VHS, DVD, and DVD-R
Length

2 parts, 44 minutes each

Abstract This two-part program focuses on biomimicry, the science that studies natural processes and ways of imitating these processes in technology, design, and other human affairs.  Based on Janine Benyus’ book titled Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, this program considers a number of case studies in which biomimicry is applied.
   
Title Conversation for a Sustainable Society
Series None Listed
Publisher Gates Mills, Ohio: Griesinger Films, 1993
Credits None Listed
Format VHS
Length 43 minutes
Abstract Hunter Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), moderates a panel discussion about sustainability. Tempering serious issues with humor and wit, participants discuss various solutions to global problems, including utility reform, resource efficiency, and student-lead efforts to assess the resource flows of their own colleges and universities.
   
Title A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
Series None Listed
Publisher New York, NY: Docurama, 2006
Credits

Directors: Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack

Format DVD
Length 85 minutes, plus extras
Abstract This film addresses the crisis of “peak oil” and the world’s addiction to fossil fuels.  With a cast that includes experts on issues of energy, this film covers the relationship between humans and oil throughout the world, suggesting that sustainability can be achieved through alternative energy sources.   
   
Title Crude Impact
Series None Listed
Publisher San Francisco: The Video Project, 2007
Credits None Listed
Format DVD
Length 98 minutes
Abstract This documentary explores the lifestyles of the human in its domination of nature and its dependency on fossil fuels, particularly in light of issues related to the peak oil crisis.  Addressing environmental and cultural dimensions of these issues (e.g., population, globalization, economics, politics, human rights, renewable energy, and wildlife habitats), this documentary covers the history of oil consumption from early to contemporary humans, with attention to oil use throughout the world and its conflicts with indigenous peoples, other species, and the integrity of the planet. 
   
Title The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream
Series None Listed
Publisher Toronto: The Electric Wallpaper Co., 2004
Credits Director/Writer:  Greg Greene
Format DVD and VHS
Length 77 minutes
Abstract This video explores some of the problems associated with suburban life in the United States and in North America in general.  The video includes accounts from policy makers and scientists who argue that suburban life is not sustainable, particularly in light of suburban sprawl and the crisis of peak oil.  This video shows how the global crisis associated with peak oil calls for individual and collective action that will bring an end to the suburban ideal.
   
Title Hydrogen: The Safe & Clean Fuel
Series The Renewable Energy Solutions Series
Publisher San Francisco: The Video Project, 2002
Credits

Director/Producer/Writer: Geoff Holland
Hosted by Alexandra Paul

Format DVD and VHS
Length 27 minutes
Abstract This film addresses the potential and the current development of a sustainable economic infrastructure based on the use of hydrogen as a source of energy.  Showing various places around the globe where hydrogen is already used as an energy source, this film explores advances in fuel-cell technology and outlines the process of obtaining energy from hydrogen. This film is accompanied by a 47-page study guide.
   
Title Introduction to Ecological Economics
Series None Listed
Publisher Gates Mills, Ohio: Griesinger Films, 1991
Credits None Listed
Format VHS; study guide
Length 45 minutes
Abstract During a Madison Institute conference entitled, “Foraging a New Economics,” Herman Daly, coauthor of The Common Good, Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day, and others discuss the concept of “land,” natural resource depletion, rapid development, and national methods of accounting.
   
Title Investing in Natural Capital
Series None Listed
Publisher Gates Mills, Ohio: Griesinger Films, 1993
Credits None Listed
Format VHS
Length 42 minutes
Abstract Filmed at the second bi-annual conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) in Stockholm in 1992, this video focuses on topics related to carrying capacity, including population, property rights, trade, and agriculture. Herman Daly suggests that natural capital investments may help us accommodate new kinds, degrees, and patterns of scarcity.
   
Title Power Shift: Energy + Sustainability
Series The Renewable Energy Solutions Series
Publisher San Francisco: The Video Project, 2003
Credits

Director/Producer/Writer: Kirk Bergstrom
Hosted and narrated by Cameron Diaz

Format DVD and VHS
Length 26 minutes
Abstract This is a four-part program that explores various ways in which energy relates to the daily lives of humans living around the world.  With suggestions for ways in which students can contribute to a sustainable world, the four parts of this program (Connection, Cradle to Cradle, Energy Path, and Be the Difference) provide thought provoking introductions to issues of energy in relationship to global community, green building designs, electricity, and possibilities for personal actions (e.g., using renewable energy, hybrid cars, and energy-efficient appliances). 
   
Title RADICALLY Simple
Series None Listed
Publisher Charlotte, VT: Jan Cannon Films, 2006
Credits None Listed
Format DVD
Length 35 minutes
Abstract This film looks into the life and work of Jim Merkel, the director of sustainability at Dartmouth College and author of the book Radical Simplicity.  Merkel is shown giving workshops and presentations on permaculture, ecological footprints, and other sustainability issues.
   
Title Renewable Power: The Earth's Clean Energy Destiny
Series The Renewable Energy Solutions Series
Publisher San Francisco: The Video Project, 1999
Credits

Director/Producer/Writer: Geoff Holland
Narrator: Peter Coyote

Format VHS
Length 28 minutes
Abstract This is a short video that explores the potential of clean energy.  The program covers innovations in solar, wind, and hydrogen energy, including a discussion of cars and trucks that emit zero pollution.
   
Title Turning Down the Heat: The New Energy Revolution
Series None Listed
Publisher Montreal, PQ: National Film Board of Canada, 1999
Credits Director: Jim Hamm
Producer: Jim Hamm Productions
Co-producers: The National Film Board of Canada and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Narrator: David Suzuki
Format VHS, DVD, and DVD-R
Length 46 minutes (2 parts for classrooms: 15 min. / 31 min.)
Abstract

This video focuses on the crisis of global climate change, particularly in light of strategies for the conservation of energy and the use of renewable energy sources.  Looking at concrete examples from around the world, including Vancouver, California, Holland, Japan, Denmark, Vietnam, and India, this video addresses projects of solar energy, wind energy, biogas, ground source heat, and hydrogen fuel cells. 


   
Title Velocity: Exploring Sustainability through Wind Power, Green Building & Hydrogen
Series The Renewable Energy Solutions Series
Publisher San Francisco: The Video Project, 2004
Credits Director/Producer/Writer/Editor: Michelle Voss
Format DVD and VHS
Length 32 minutes
Abstract This video addresses issues of clean energy production in the United States and Europe.  In particular, this video focuses on the potential for wind power to be a sustainable source of energy while also promoting profitable economic development.  This video also includes accounts of green building design, energy-efficient cars, and the possibility of a hydrogen economy.
   
Title Who Killed the Electric Car?
Series None Listed
Publisher Gates Mills, Ohio: Griesinger Films, 1993
Credits None Listed
Format VHS
Length 43 minutes
Abstract Hunter Lovins, co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), moderates a panel discussion about sustainability. Tempering serious issues with humor and wit, participants discuss various solutions to global problems, including utility reform, resource efficiency, and student-lead efforts to assess the resource flows of their own colleges and universities.