We had the 9 Great Sustainability Reads! Now watch the DVDs!
Proudly Recommended by the City of Cockburn Sustainability Committee
1. MORE 4 ME
Why do we have a craving for more?
Follows Lincoln Fenner around the world as he asks, what’s the one thing we can’t live without?
The documentary was shot over a four-week period as he travelled across five continents to highlight “need vs greed” in the face of the global financial crisis. New York, London, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Australia are contrasted with Cambodian villages and Kenyan slums, as Fenner interviews everyone from actors to orphans.
Uncovers how planned obsolescence has shaped our lives and economy since the 1920’s, when manufacturers deliberately started shortening the life of consumer products to increase demand.
The film also profiles a new generation of consumers, designers and business people who have started challenging planned obsolescence as an unsustainable economic driver.
How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
When Cuba lost access to Soviet oil, the country faced an immediate crisis – feeding the population.
Cuba transitioned from large, fossil-fuel intensive farming to small, less energy-intensive organic farms and urban gardens, and from a highly industrial society to a more sustainable one.
This film tells the story of the Cuban people’s hardship, ingenuity, and triumph over sudden adversity – through cooperation, conservation, and community.
“Fast paced and entertaining!” Alissa Simon, Variety
Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves.
5. BAG IT
Try going a day without plastic!
In this touching and funny film, we follow “everyman” Jeb Berrier as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world.
What starts as a film about plastic bags evolves into a wholesale investigation into plastic and its effect on our waterways, oceans and even our own bodies. We see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it. Today. Right Now
“A fresh take. Few films are brave enough to tackle a topic this controversial.” Examiner.com
This shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet, and offers a path to global sustainability for a growing population.
7. FOOD INC
“It might change your life” The Oprah Magazine
This powerful film changed the way millions of Americans eat. Find out why.
Food, Inc. lifts the veil on the nation’s food industry, exposing how the US food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment.
What you’re about to learn could likely save your life, or that of someone you love.
Are you sick and tired of the confusion surrounding food? Want to feel good and prevent or reverse illness and disease?
Join the leaders in nutrition and natural healing from around the globe in a mission to uncover the truth… They reveal the best natural healing choices you can make.
9. WITHIN REACH
Mandy and Ryan gave up their corporate jobs and their traditional houses to “bike-pack” thousands of miles around the USA, in search of a new home in a sustainable community.
Their journey answered the question that they and many others are asking: Is it possible for all of us to live in a sustainable way?
After circling the country, and talking with over 20,000 people they have found that not only is it possible but it’s already underway.
Do you ever stop and wonder: What’s the story of my food?
Where did it come from, and how did it get to me? Food connects us to some of the most important questions of our time. The food choices we make – individually and as a society – create a ripple that is felt around the world.
Nourish offers specific steps that individuals and groups can take to create a sustainable food future.
11. KING CORN
A fun and crusading journey into the digestive tract of our fast food nation!
College buddies Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis return to Iowa to figure out how a modest kernel conquered America.
With the help of some real farmers, oodles of fertilizer and government aid, and some genetically modified seeds, the friends manage to grow one acre of corn. Along the way, they unlock the hilarious absurdities and scary but hidden truths about America’s modern food system.
12. GROWING CITIES
“Growing Cities will make urban farming your new obsession” EcoSalon.com
From rooftop farmers to backyard beekeepers, Americans are growing food like never before. Growing Cities goes coast to coast to tell the inspiring stories of these intrepid urban farmers, activists, and everyday city-dwellers who are challenging the way this country feeds itself.