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The Story of Bottled Water (2010)

The Story of Bottled Water (2010)

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The Story of Bottled Water, released on March 22, 2010 (World Water Day) employs the Story of Stuff style to tell the story of manufactured demand—how you get Americans to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every week when it already flows from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industry’s attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces. The film concludes with a call to take back the tap, not only by making a personal commitment to avoid bottled water, but by supporting investments in clean, available tap water for all.

Our production partners on the bottled water film include five leading sustainability groups: Corporate Accountability International, Environmental Working Group, Food & Water Watch, Pacific Institute, and Polaris Institute.
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Voices of Humanity

Voices of Humanity


Gaia Journey is trekking the Pan American Highway by car from Alaska to Argentina. We are capturing the burgeoning voice of the human spirit that is emerging and living their destiny! Living the change we all wish to see in the world. Our aim is to nuture these connections, giving everyone a voice and creating a network of empowered humans across North and South America. Contact them or donate at greatworkjourney@gmail.com.

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Ecology Emerges: Peter Berg

Ecology Emerges: Peter Berg


Peter Berg was one of the original San Francisco Diggers and went on to co-found the Planet Drum Foundation. He was at the first UN Conference on the Environment in Stockholm Sweden in 1972, was one of the originators of Bioregionalism, and has been at the heart of many ecological battles, including California’s Peripheral Canal. This is part of the “Ecology Emerges” oral history interview collection by Shaping San Francisco, tracing the arc of environmental activism from conservation to environmental justice, 1960s to the present.
Planet Drum

Part 1 of the interview with Judy Goldhaft

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The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power

The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power


The Corporation is a 2003 Canadian documentary film written by University of British Columbia law professor Joel Bakan, and directed by Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott. The documentary examines the modern-day corporation. This is explored through specific examples. Bakan wrote the book, The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, during the filming of the documentary.
The documentary shows the development of the contemporary business corporation, from a legal entity that originated as a government-chartered institution meant to affect specific public functions, to the rise of the modern commercial institution entitled to most of the legal rights of a person. The documentary concentrates mostly upon North American corporations, especially those of the United States. One theme is its assessment as a “personality”, as a result of an 1886 case in the United States Supreme Court in which a statement by Chief Justice Morrison R. Waite[nb 1] led to corporations as “persons” having the same rights as human beings, based on the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

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Ecology Emerges: Judy Goldhaft

Ecology Emerges: Judy Goldhaft


Judy Goldhaft is a cofounder of Planet Drum Foundation in San Francisco, and was previously one of the band of radicals known as the San Francisco Diggers. She also helped start the Frisco Bay Mussel Group in the late 1970s and has been in the middle of the emergence of bioregionalism. She is interviewed here as part of the wide-ranging “Ecology Emerges” oral histories of the early ecology movement, traversing the era from the 1950s-60s all the way to the present.
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Part 2 of the interview with Peter Berg

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Farming for Cascadia and Bioregional Awakening

Gardeners Cultivating Network of Food, Fiber, Medicine, and Fuel in Defiance of Local War Machine

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We are dedicated to the cultivation and preservation of what is sacred, life-affirming, and beautiful for the present and future generations. The incredible biodiversity, vibrant ecosystems, and peaceful serenity of Olympic National Park are presently under serious threat. Help us fund and establish a bioregional, forest hub dedicated to growing solutions, building resistance, and inspiring the human community to become engaged stewards and defenders of this World Heritage site, a living habitat and paradise on Earth.

 

Ancient Futures: Learning From Ladakh

Ancient Futures – Learning From Ladakh

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Ladakh, or ‘Little Tibet’, lies deep in the Himalayas in northernmost India. Isolated for centuries by high mountain passes, Ladakh was spared the impacts of colonialism and development that erased so much of the planet’s cultural diversity. In this Tibetan Buddhist culture, people had created a remarkably successful culture, one based on cooperation and sharing. There was no homelessness, no poverty, and no one went hungry. There was no shortage of resources, no pollution. The status of women was remarkably high (higher than in the west), and relations between the Buddhist majority and the Muslim minority were peaceful and friendly.

Then, in 1974, the Indian government decided to open the region to tourism and development. Almost immediately, problems unknown in Ladakh became endemic. The rapid breakdown of Ladakhi culture after exposure to the global economy brings to light the root causes of many of our most pressing problems — environmental, social, economic, and spiritual.

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