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Changing the Narrative: Film Series on Public TV Reveals Profound Insights on the Significance of Sacred Lands & Indigenous Worldviews

Changing the Narrative: Film Series on Public TV Reveals Profound Insights on the Significance of Sacred Lands & Indigenous Worldviews | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it

"You've been trying to instruct Indians to be capitalists ever since you got here. But we don't value what you value." Onondaga Faithkeeper

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Important to get indigenous voices into the mix. 

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Dear Future Generations: Sorry - Prince Ea - YouTube

https://standfortrees.org/
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Forests are the lungs of the earth and our greatest ally in fighting climate change. They absorb carbon and turn atmospheric CO2, water and sunlight into wood while producing the oxygen we breathe. But instead of returning the favor, we cut them down. It’s estimated that roughly 15% of global annual greenhouse gas emissions today are the result of deforestation and forest degradation. That’s comparable to the total annual CO2 emissions of China, or the emissions of the entire global transportation sector — all the world’s planes, ships, trucks, and automobiles combined.


Protecting forests and restoring those that have been degraded are among the easiest options we have for slowing climate change. It doesn’t require any new technological breakthrough — it simply requires each of us to join in. We all impact climate change, but now we can each be part of a broader solution.


Follow the movement and take a stand for our trees HERE

SOURCE: Standfortrees.org

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Apple buys a forest the size of San Francisco for conservation, will build 2 new solar farms

Apple buys a forest the size of San Francisco for conservation, will build 2 new solar farms | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it

In a joint venture with SunPower, Apple is building two new 20 megawatt solar farms. Construction has already begun and 2 MW of solar capacity are already sending power to the grid. "The technology combines single-axis tracking technology with rows of parabolic mirrors, reflecting light onto high efficiency SunPower Maxeon cells, which are the world's most efficient commercially available mass-produced solar cells. Completion of the projects is expected in the fourth quarter of 2015. [...] The projects are expected to provide up to 80 million kilowatt-hours per year while also protecting the ecosystem."

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Looks like a great step. I keep thinking, what's the hitch? Maybe there isn't one.

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The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust

The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
Hidden in an unknown corner of China is a toxic, nightmarish lake created by our thirst for smartphones, gadgets and green tech, discovers Tim Maughan.
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Toxic detritus of our high tech world. Click the headline to read the article.

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Invasion from plastic planet: kill the K-Cup

"In 2014 the use of the K-Cup reached unparalleled levels. Output became so high that there was enough discarded K-Cups to circle the earth 10.5 times. The numbers continued to grow until the day of the invasion ...

Know your facts:

1. In 2013, Green Mountain Coffee produced enough coffee pods to wrap around the equator 10.5 times.
2. The new Keurig 2.0 does not offer reusable filters and the existing “my K-cup” filter does not fit on the machine.
3. Green Mountain only makes 5% of its current cups out of recyclable plastic.
4. Keurig Green Mountain’s mission is to have a Keurig System on every counter and a beverage for every occasion - hot, cold, maybe even soup.
5. The pods are made of No. 7 plastic, which can’t be recycled in most places. They have an aluminum lid, which is hard to separate from the cup. Even if the plastic, aluminum and coffee could be separated, the pod is too small to be handled by most recycling systems.
6. TerraCycle, a company that provides recycling solutions for spent coffee pods, has teamed up with Tassimo, Mars Drinks, Nespresso and Illy, but despite reaching out to the company multiples times, has not be able to develop a relationship with Green Mountain (Keurig)."

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For more info (and nuance), read: "A Brewing Problem: What's the healthiest way to keep everyone caffeinated?"

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/03/the-abominable-k-cup-coffee-pod-environment-problem/386501/

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Scientists consider new names for climate change - The New Yorker

Scientists consider new names for climate change - The New Yorker | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
NEW HAVEN (The Borowitz Report)—After a report from the Yale Center on Climate Change Communication showed that the term “climate change” elicits relatively little concern from the American public, leading scientists are recommending replacing it with a new term: “You will be burnt to a crisp and die.” Other terms under consideration by the scientists include “your cities will be ravaged by tsunamis and floods” and “earth will be a fiery hellhole incapable of supporting human life.” Scientists were generally supportive of the suggestions, with many favoring the term “your future will involve rowing a boat down a river of rotting corpses.”
Antonio Lopez's insight:

Satire, but makes a good point. Some people have started using the term "climate chaos." Definitely better than climate change, a term invented by Republican spin doctor, Frank Luntz (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Luntz).

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Network TV Continues Giving Climate Change Cold Shoulder

Network TV Continues Giving Climate Change Cold Shoulder | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
Focusing on the cold Northeast winter, network TV has almost completely ignored the West's record-shattering winter warmth--and failed to discuss the human-caused climate disruption the connects th...
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"In recent weeks, network television news has understandably focused extensively on the extreme cold and snow in the Northeast and upper Midwest. But a new FAIR study shows they’ve almost completely ignored a related and even more dangerous phenomenon out West: record-shattering winter warmth. And they've overwhelmingly failed to discuss what connects the two sets of strange weather phenomena: human-caused climate disruption."

 
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There's more global warming coverage on your television (but read the fine print!)

There's more global warming coverage on your television (but read the fine print!) | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it

"Here's some good news: According to a new study, the major broadcast news networks are covering climate change more than they have in years. Now here's the bad news: Much of that coverage includes misleading arguments from commentators who reject the scientific consensus that humans are warming the planet."

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Yellowstone Oil Spill Missing from Keystone XL Coverage On CNN, Fox

Yellowstone Oil Spill Missing from Keystone XL Coverage On CNN, Fox | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it

"CNN and Fox News repeatedly reported on the Keystone XL pipeline without connecting it to a major oil spill near the pipeline's proposed route. By contrast, MSNBC and others in the media have reported on the spill, which occurred in the Yellowstone River in Montana, in the context of concerns about Keystone XL's environmental risks."

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Bill Nye and other scientists to journalists: Stop calling climate change deniers ‘skeptics’

Bill Nye and other scientists to journalists: Stop calling climate change deniers ‘skeptics’ | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it

"A group of scientists, science professionals and skeptic activists released a letter tothe public late last week demanding that news outlets and media stop calling climate change deniers skeptics.

A press release from the Center for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) said that 48 of the center’s Fellows — including Bill “The Science Guy” Nye, Cosmos co-producer Ann Druyan, physicist Lawrence Krauss and others — are requesting that the word “skeptic” be used to describe people using science to debunk myths, not those who use dogma to attack science.

 

The group was responding to a New York Times article dated Nov. 10, 2014, in which Republican Sen. James Inhofe, a longstanding advocate of the energy industry and climate change denier, was described as “a prominent skeptic of climate change.”

“As Fellows of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, we are concerned that the words ‘skeptic’ and ‘denier’ have been conflated by the popular media,” said the scientists’open letter."

Antonio Lopez's insight:

Republicans--who invented the term climate change--well know that language frames the way we think about the world. Just as the NYTImes had to change the term "enhanced interrogation" to "torture," now it's time we no longer allow "climate deniers" to be  called "skeptics." Skepticism implies some thoughtful critique, when in fact the term's usage masks an ideological position.

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New book: Degrowth A Vocabulary for a New Era

"We live in an era of stagnation, rapid impoverishment, rising inequalities and socio-ecological disasters. In the dominant discourse, these are effects of economic crisis, lack of growth or underdevelopment. This book argues that growth is the cause of these problems and that it has become uneconomic, ecologically unsustainable and intrinsically unjust."

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Looks like an excellent compilation of essays trying to develop a new language and theory to challenge the prevailing paradigm. The video gives a nice summary and overview.

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Food Chains: Hard-hitting doc on labor justice and food production

Food Chains: Hard-hitting doc on labor justice and food production | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
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.

There is more interest in food these days than ever, yet there is very little interest in the hands that pick it. Farmworkers, the foundation of our fresh food industry, are routinely abused and robbed of wages. In extreme cases they can be beaten, sexually harassed or even enslaved – all within the borders of the United States.

Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger – earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past 3 decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. Yet many take no responsibility for this.

 

The narrative of the film focuses on an intrepid and highly lauded group of tomato pickers from Southern Florida – the Coalition of Immokalee Workers or CIW – who are revolutionizing farm labor. 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.

 

Food Chains premiered at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival and screened subsequently at the Tribeca Film Festival and Guadalajara Film Festival.  Food Chains will be released nationwide November 21st. The film’s Executive Producers include Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser.

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Click the headline to see the trailer and read more about the film.

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Nuno Gaspar de Oliveira's curator insight, November 24, 2014 6:02 AM

the revolution starts at the farm level

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The Bit Rot Project: Photographer tackles e-waste

The Bit Rot Project: Photographer tackles e-waste | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it

"Bit rot is a colloquial term used in the computerized information systems environment to indicate the gradually decaying of data stored on storage medias or software over the duration of time. In this case, the concept is transposed from a virtual reality, made of bit and software, to a material one, made of real people, things and places. This reality is the research subject of the BITROT Project. Through photographic documentation, the project follows the international movements of the e-waste, providing evidence of illegal commerce and disposal and tells the stories of those who are involved, but also underlines green and sustainable alternatives that in many countries have already been adopted.” Giorgio Griziotti and Gianluca Giannelli

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An intriguing photography project by Valentino Bellini designed to address our lack of awareness about the devastating impact of e-waste. A nice blend of activism, art, environmentalism and education.

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World's mountain of electrical waste reaches new peak of 42m tonnes

World's mountain of electrical waste reaches new peak of 42m tonnes | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it

The biggest per-capita tallies were in countries known for environmental consciousness, such as Norway and Denmark, with Britain fifth and US ninth on the UN list

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The biggest per-capita tallies were in countries known for environmental consciousness, such as Norway and Denmark, with Britain fifth and US ninth on the UN list

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Stunning Photos Capture Devastating Worldwide E-Waste Problem » EcoWatch

Stunning Photos Capture Devastating Worldwide E-Waste Problem » EcoWatch | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it

 UN officials estimate the volume of e-waste generated worldwide is expected to climb by 33 percent by 2017. Valentino Bellini's ongoing Bit Rot Project

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Click on the headline to see the images and learn more about our e-waste problem.

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Screens May Be Terrible for You, and Now We Know Why | WIRED

Screens May Be Terrible for You, and Now We Know Why | WIRED | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
For more than 3 billion years, the cyclical light of sun, moon, and stars governed life on Earth. Then along came electric light. Our bodies and brains may not have been ready.
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The direct link between light and our body's natural rhythms. Click the headline to read the story.

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The direct link between light and our body's natural rhythms. Click the headline to read the story.

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New book: The Undersea Network

New book: The Undersea Network | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it

"In our "wireless" world it is easy to take the importance of the undersea cable systems for granted, but the stakes of their successful operation are huge, as they are responsible for carrying almost all transoceanic Internet traffic. In The Undersea Network Nicole Starosielski follows these cables from the ocean depths to their landing zones on the sandy beaches of the South Pacific, bringing them to the surface of media scholarship and making visible the materiality of the wired network. In doing so, she charts the cable network's cultural, historical, geographic and environmental dimensions. Starosielski argues that the environments the cables occupy are historical and political realms, where the network and the connections it enables are made possible by the deliberate negotiation and manipulation of technology, culture, politics and geography. Accompanying the book is an interactive digital mapping project, where readers can trace cable routes, view photographs and archival materials, and read stories about the island cable hubs."

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An important step towards greening our understanding of media is to look more closely at the physical infrastructure of our digital world.

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Climate change: why the Guardian is putting threat to Earth front and centre | Alan Rusbridger

Climate change: why the Guardian is putting threat to Earth front and centre | Alan Rusbridger | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
As global warming argument moves on to politics and business, Alan Rusbridger explains the thinking behind our major series on the climate crisis
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Study guide for Merchants of Doubt doc

Study guide for Merchants of Doubt doc | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
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New film by Food Inc. director, Robert Kenner. Focuses mainly on climate change but other topics as well, such as pharmaceuticals: "Spin doctors spread misinformation and confusion among American citizens to delay progress on such important issues as global climate change." This is a link to the film's study guide, developed by Poynter Institute in joint collaboration with Participant Media and Omidyar Network.

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Earth Looks Like A Living Creature In This Amazing NASA Video

Earth Looks Like A Living Creature In This Amazing NASA Video | Greening the Media Ecosystem | Scoop.it
We’ve all seen images of extreme weather from space. But none of those could prepare us for this video released by NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio. Using real…
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Have an hour? Earth and the American Dream documentary

"This beautiful and disturbing film recounts America's story from the environment's point of view. From the arrival of Columbus to the simple wilderness living of the 16th and 17th centuries, through the agrarian lifestyle of the 18th century, the changes from the Industrial Revolution, to the 20th century when most of the planet's resources have been depleted -- this film examines the North American landscape and all the wildlife destruction, deforestation, soil depletion and pollution that have been wrought to make the American Dream come true.."

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Video: How to make moss graffiti

Here's a quick and simple way to make moss graffiti. Remember to also mist it with water around once a week depending on the weather. Hope you enjoy!

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For more info: http://wonderfulengineering.com/using-a-blender-this-guy-executes-the-coolest-but-most-illegal-diy-project-ever-brilliant/

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Wake Up Call - YouTube

From Films for Action: "Hidden beneath sleek, space-age screens and shining metal, the true cost of our gadgets lurks unseen… Have you ever felt like we're living through a nightmare of consumption? That you wish you could un-hook yourself and reconnect with a life that is somehow more real and vivid? Then perhaps you're ready to heed Earth's Wake Up Call.


"Today we live in a time when there is little to no understanding of how the goods we consume and take for granted came into being. Without this we lack the knowledge to understand the true costs of our consumption, and the power to take action. As a result we have become disconnected from Earth - the origin of our health, wealth and all of the 'things' we depend on.

Wake Up Call takes us on a fast-paced, animated glimpse of the true costs behind some of our most prized possessions - our electronic gadgets. Joining the dots between the stages of extraction, production, consumption and disposal, it reveals that, although our gadgets appear sleek and shiny, their appearance is misleading.

This new short film for the Gaia Foundation was made by Steve Cutts, the animator who produced this great film."

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A funny animation depicting the relationship between media gadgets and mining.

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No Water = No NSA Data Center

In Utah, the Bluffdale Data Center will require 1.7 million gallons of water every single day to operate - keep computers cool. That water is being provided by the State of Utah. 

They can TURN IT OFF!

learn more here:
http://offnow.org

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An unusual connection between the environment and surveillance: Utah's water supply is needed to cool all the servers powering the NSA's data center.

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