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Summary: Exploring the aisles of a Dutch grocery store, this program clearly demonstrates that globalization has made almost any food item, no matter how exotic or remote, available to the Western consumer. But the film also shows the downside of that new global access, tracing specific foods to their countries of origin and revealing the impact on indigenous communities and ecosystems. Viewers witness...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: As the world’s top two carbon emitters, China and the U.S. face significant challenges reducing emissions while keeping up with a growing demand for more energy. Is there potential for cooperation between both Pacific Rim nations on this important issue, or is each country seeking its own distinct solutions? This program explores the collaborative efforts of American and Chinese academics and...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: To save the world one bird at a time - that's what Brazilian-born biologist and TED Senior Fellow Juliana Machado Ferreira wants to do. She focuses on illegally trafficked specimens headed for a miserable fate in pet stores - but for Ferreira, rescue is just the beginning of the discussion. Once exotic animals are seized from smugglers, she asks, what's next? In this TEDTalk, Ferreira describes...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: Many old-line portfolio managers claim that dealing with green companies is too risky, and yet they do not hesitate to buy up dangerously volatile hedge funds. In this program Hazel Henderson and philanthropic entrepreneur Karl Kleissner suggest that the traditional financial community broaden their strategies to include eco-friendly ventures. Kleissner is co-founder of the K. L. Felicitas...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: Due to its rapidly growing economy and a new demand for consumer goods, China is challenged to create a model for long-term sustainable development. In this program Hazel Henderson talks with Professor Zhouying Jin, author of Global Technological Change, about efforts in China to cultivate a green economy. The country has made great strides in clean energy, and is the world's largest exporter...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: From serving as the 45th U.S. Vice President to winning the Nobel Peace Prize, Al Gore has always been committed to environmental stewardship. But in his 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth, Gore found a way to focus attention on climate change in a way no one had before. Following up two years later with this cautionary TEDTalk, Al Gore presents evidence that the pace of climate change may be even...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Summary: While high-tech agriculture is one of the hallmarks of Western society, a growing number of Americans and Europeans believe that our farming methods are harmful on a number of levels. This program looks at the evolving debate over industrialized food production versus organic farming. Showing how and why farming techniques and policies have changed in the U.K. and similar countries over the...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Summary: What are the prospect in the U.S. for growing the green economy? In this program Hazel Henderson interviews Stuart Valentine, president of Iowa Progressive Asset Management, about public interest in eco-friendly, community-based commercial models-which both see as an upward trend, especially after the 2010 BP oil spill. Valentine explains how "behind the meter" systems such as locally-operated...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: Artist Dianna Cohen co-founded the Plastic Pollution Coalition, which describes itself as "a global alliance of individuals, organizations, and businesses working together to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment." In this TEDTalk, Cohen shares some tough truths about plastic detritus in the oceans and in our lives, as well as some thoughts on how...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: For decades, local food producers in the West have faced a shrinking market share. But if well-intentioned Americans and Europeans stop eating vegetables from Africa, will Africans have more to eat? Or will we simply deprive African farmers of a living? This program delves into that issue and other food-related problems, some of which have solutions while others urgently await answers. Viewers...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: Taking viewers deep inside a devastated landscape, this program examines physical forces directly tied to flooding in Bangladesh as well as the broader causes of such disasters, including climate change. It also explores the social, economic, and environmental impact of intense flooding through the personal accounts of people living by major rivers and on Bangladesh's char lands, areas built up...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2011

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Summary: Attitudes about ethical investing are evolving slowly, but activity in the long-term market is a sign of positive change. In this program Hazel Henderson and Bryan Martel, CEO of the Environmental Capital Group, discuss the use of pension funds to address potential ecological concerns. Martel’s five-point scale for classifying assets ranges from those that would actively restore eco-balance,...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: Less than ten percent of plastic trash is recycled, compared to almost 90 percent of metals, because of the massively complicated problem of sorting beach shoes from auto parts, discarded cell phones from drinking cups. In this TEDTalk, plastics engineer Mike Biddle talks about the logistics of plastic and metal recycling. Concerned as much about efficient reuse of plastic as he is about...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2011

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Summary: With extraordinary footage shot during and after Severe Cyclonic Storm Aila, this program looks at the causes and effects of the violent weather event in Bangladesh. Viewers learn how cyclones take shape and develop, witness scenes of Aila striking coastal areas, and explore the social, economic, and ecological consequences through expert commentary and first-hand accounts. The film returns to...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2011

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Publisher / Publication Date: UBC Press 2002

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Summary: Is clean energy really the solution to the problem of climate change - or is it likely that with urbanization increasing, it will never be possible to generate enough energy, clean or otherwise, to meet everyone's needs? In this TEDTalk, futurist Alex Steffen calls for sustainable neighborhoods that provide consumer needs without residents having to rely on any sort of transportation other than...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2011

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Summary: What's wrong with enjoying the rich variety of foods that importers make available? Do the reported drawbacks of globalization mean that we should eat only locally grown food? How are Western food choices related to environmental problems and to developing-world farmers? This program explores those questions by studying agricultural practices in the United Kingdom and worldwide. Comparing...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2008

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Summary: The crash of 1929 left a country—once reeling with optimism—with 25% of its citizens unemployed and at a near complete loss of hope. But in March, 1933, within weeks of his election, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt stepped in with a solution: the Civilian Conservation Corps. As told by four veterans of this unique organization, The Civilian Conservation Corps, from the PBS American...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: Is nuclear power the cheapest way to meet the energy needs of nonindustrialized nations? In this program Hazel Henderson explores the financial side of sustainable development with Graciela Chichilnisky, architect of the carbon market concept that underlies the Kyoto Protocol. Chichilnisky founded an air capture facility designed to reduce greenhouse gases while making solar energy profitable,...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2010

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Summary: Cut-price garments not meant to last for more than a year or two make up nearly half the clothing market, resulting in a rising tide of textile waste. This program profiles clothing designers who are turning consumer demand for green products into fashion trends. The Junky Styling team searches thrift shops for vintage fabric which it then uses to create outfits for their high-profile...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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Summary: The Karuk, Yurok, and Hoopa peoples live along northern California's Klamath River, and each tribe's ancient culture revolves around the majestic Pacific salmon. Today, four large hydroelectric dams have made salmon extinction a real and frightening possibility. This case study follows tribal members as they confront the owners of the dams-specifically, a global energy giant in Scotland which...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Films Media Group 2009

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