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Summer of the Environment

It’s too late to attend the Earth Focus Environmental Film Festival, which was last Saturday, July 29, 2017 in Hollywood, but KCET and Link TV have been offering Summer of the Environment during June-August 2017  and they have a variety of content on their website that focuses on environmental challenges and solutions.

KCETLinkTV offers “a robust library intended to ignite compassion and action for helping to save and heal our planet.” There are stories of the Transition US movement; lady bugs; vanishing coral, bottlenose dolphins; National parks; landfills and much more.

There are also two important feature films are available to watch online for a limited time:

A Fierce Green Fire is a one hour and 41 minute, 2013 film that traces the 50 year history of the environmental movement from grassroots and global activism, from conservation to climate change. It is narrated by Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Ashley Judd.

Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, “A Fierce Green Fire” chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.

The film unfolds in five acts, each with a central story and character:

  1. David Brower and the Sierra Club’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon
  2. Lois Gibbs and Love Canal residents’ struggle against 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals
  3. Paul Watson and Greenpeace’s campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals
  4. Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubbertappers’ fight to save the Amazon rainforest
  5. Bill McKibben and the 25-year effort to address the impossible issue – climate change

The film offers a deeper view of environmentalism as civilizational change, bringing our industrial society into sustainable balance with nature.

Secondly, the full episode of the documentary Seeds of Time is available online. “A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Seed banks around the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation and rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are affecting farmers globally. Communities of indigenous Peruvian farmers are already suffering those effects, as they try desperately to save over 1,500 varieties of native potato in their fields. But with little time to waste, both Fowler and the farmers embark on passionate and personal journeys that may save the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.”

In addition, subscribers can watch:

Tapped a documentary that looks into the bottled water industry and its long-term effects socially, economically and ecologically. The filmmakers focused on industry giants such as PepsiCo and Nestlé Waters, visiting a town containing a Nestlé factory as well as running tests on the bottles the company uses for its products. Their results came back showing “several potentially harmful chemicals, some known carcinogens.” There is a 30 second trailer online.

The documentary also focused on the amount of bottles that are recycled, noting that “Forty percent of bottled water is really just filtered tap water, and every day we throw away 30 million single-served bottles of water as plastic waste.

Breath of Life reveals why we modern humans are in denial about catastrophes of our own making that could come to pass sooner than we think. Filmed in Europe, Scandinavia, North America and Hawaii the film features breathtaking cinematography and insightful commentary from the world’s greatest evolutionary biologists and psychologists — but it is the common sense of farmers in the drought-stricken western United States and the wisdom of Hawaiians from the most isolated place on the planet that show us the way back to a more honest and authentic relationship with the world and reality.

Environmental Justice is a 29 minute SoCal Connected episode exploring environmental justice with a dive into lead-contaminated communities in Los Angeles; the effects of the Chiquita Canyon Landfill; and an interview with an African-American environmental leader.

On The Cutting Edge  is about environmental practices at a farm where soil is king; a visit to an incubator for green business entrepreneurs; and a hopeful discussion with a climate scientist.

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