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The Otesha Book: From Junk to Funk

This awesome book is a behind-the-scenes look at how our daily actions change the world! It's packed with cool graphics, interesting and inspiring stories, and great actions.

The Otesha Book

The Lorax - By Dr. Seuss

"UNLESS someone like you...cares a whole awful lot...nothing is going to get better...It''s not." Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth's natural beauty.

The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need - By Chris Turner

After the fierce warnings and grim predictions of The Weather Makers and An Inconvenient Truth, acclaimed journalist and national bestselling author Chris Turner finds hope in the search for a sustainable future.

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things - By William Mcdonough

A manifesto for a radically different philosophy and practice of manufacture and environmentalism "Reduce, reuse, recycle" urge environmentalists; in other words, do more with less in order to minimize damage. This book argues that this approach perpetuates a one-way, "cradle to grave" manufacturing model that dates to the Industrial Revolution and casts off as much as 90 percent of the materials it uses as waste, much of it toxic. Why not challenge the notion that human industry must inevitably damage the natural world, it asks.

Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century - By Alex Steffen

"Worldchanging" is poised to be the "Whole Earth Catalog" for this millennium. Written by leading new thinkers who believe that the means for building a better future lie all around us, "Worldchanging" is packed with the information, resources, reviews, and ideas that give readers the tools they need to make a difference.

How to Re-Imagine the World: A Pocket Guide for Practical Visionaries - By Anthony Weston

Who says that all possible social and political systems have already been invented? Or that work -- or marriage, or environmentalism, or anything else -- must be just what they are now? This book is a conceptual toolbox for imagining and initiating radical social change.

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder - By Richard Louv

Last Child in the Woods is the first book to bring together a new and growing body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. More than just raising an alarm, Louv offers practical solutions and simple ways to heal the broken bond and they are right in our own backyard.

Ecoholic: Your Guide to the Most Environmentally Friendly Information, Products and departure in Canada - By Adria Vasil

When the world’s environmental woes get you down, turn to Ecoholic – Canada’s best resource for practical tips and products that help you do your part for the earth. You’ll get the dirt on what not to buy and why, and the dish on great gifts, clothes, home supplies and more.

Building An Ark: 101 Solutions to Animal Suffering - By Ethan Smith

Building an Ark: 101 Solutions to Animal Suffering is a first-of-its-kind, inspiring look at practical solutions to the impact humans have on animals and the natural world.

Making a Living While Making a Difference: Conscious Careers in an Era of Interdependence - By Melissa Everitt

Making a Living While Making a Difference is a timely and highly informative guide to a working life built on principled choices and an entrepreneurial attitude. It's about greener enterprises and technologies, socially responsible business, innovative nonprofit work, and reinventing government. It?s really about putting the pieces together with creativity and hope.

Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution - By L. Hunter Lovins

Our natural environment shouldn’t have to pay the price of capitalism. What good is all the money in the world if we’re destroying our planet? This revolutionary volume reveals how today’s global businesses can be environmentally responsible and extremely profitable.


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The Clean Bin Project

Is it possible to live completely waste free? In this multi-award winning, festival favourite, partners Jen and Grant go head to head in a competition to see who can swear off consumerism and produce the least garbage.

The Clean Bin Project

Stand

A movie about the Enbridge pipeline from Alberta’s tar sands to Kitimat on BC’s west coast.

Stand

The Story of Stuff

It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.

The Story of Stuff

Lost Generation

Watch this 2 minute clip through to the end for its inspirational message.

Lost Generation

Sky is Falling: Ecospot Grand Prize Winner

Watch the grand prize winning entry for the Ecospot contest (1 minute).

Ecospot Grand Prize Winner

Being Caribou

Watch this award winning documentary on the National Film Board website about a couples’ journey to follow a northern caribou herd across the landscape to their calving grounds in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Being Caribou

Blowhard

This classic National Film Board of Canada animation is as relevant today as it was when it was first released in 1978.

Blowhard

TED

TED (Technology, Education, Design) specializes in “ideas worth spreading”. You’ll find hundreds of fascinating videos on their website covering every subject imaginable. This site is definitely worth spending some time exploring.

TED

The Nature of things

The Nature of Things is one of the most successful series in the history of Canadian television. Hosted by the world-renowned geneticist and environmentalist, David Suzuki, the program is in its 54th season, a landmark by any standard. Every week, the influential program presents stories that are driven by a scientific understanding of the world. Stories full of adventure, drama and insight.

The Nature of things

TAP water

View these 1 minute tap water PSAs on YouTube

YouTube

Boxes, Bottles, and Banana peels

This fun, yet informative, tutorial stars students from Ramsey County, Minnesota explaining their school’s recycling program (10 minutes).

Boxes, Bottles, and Banana peels

It's Okay to Be Smart

Check out PBS Digital Studio's It's Okay to Be Smart series on Climate Science. This great resource covers the basics of climate change, energy use and the effects of climate change on coral reefs

It's Okay to Be Smart

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