Edging Forward by Ann Dale
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Planet Earth II: Official Extended Trailer
BBC Earth. (2016). Planet Earth II: Official Extended Trailer – BBC Earth [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/c8aFcHFu8QM
Trailer for Planet Earth II, featuring stunning and intimate video of wildlife. The trailer includes shots of human spectators, while the animals are captured in unmistakably human postures—perhaps a reminder that we are all in this together.
Conservation International. (2014, October 5). Nature Is Speaking – Kevin Spacey is The Rainforest | Conservation International (CI) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/jBqMJzv4Cs8
Tongue-in-cheek video from the series Nature is Speaking, in which Kevin Spacey voices the inner monologue of the rainforest.
CRCResearch RRU. (2012, February 2). Sketching Sustainability [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/57Q9qcaKVoE
A sketch animation designed to convey that we are a part of nature rather than apart from nature.
HumansandNature.org. [2013, March 25). Questions for a resilient future 2012: Nina- Marie Lister [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/v1wiGSa3A0s
Nina-Marie Lister’s talk introduces the ARC project (Animal Road Crossing project). This is a new way of designing road and bridge infrastructures to consider animals and well as humans who need to cross the road.
Honey Bees Bringing Art to Life
Kew Gardens. (2016, June 28). The Hive at Kew Gardens [Video file]. Retrieved from https://vimeo.com/172555176
Promotional video for a beehive-like sculpture at the Kew Gardens. On the cells of the structure, light and sound react as more than 50,000 honey bees swarm nearby. The structure is meant to call attention to the importance of pollinators.
Trailer for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Paramount Movies Digital. (2014). Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home – Trailer [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/Zjq5j2buEW8
An unknown alien probe is threatening the very existence of planet earth by evaporating its oceans and destroying its atmosphere. After failing to establish communication, Captain Kirk and his crew determine that only the vocalization of humpback whales will stop the probe. Since humans drove them to extinction in a previous century, the crew travels back in time to 1980s San Francisco to retrieve them. They determined the correct period for time travel based on the pollution content in the atmosphere. This film ultimately illuminates how humans must be kinder to the natural world as we are deeply interconnected.
How Wolves Change Rivers
Sustainable Human. (2014). How Wolves Change Rivers [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/ysa5OBhXz-Q
When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after an absence of nearly 70 years, the most remarkable “trophic cascade” occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this YouTube mashup.
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Stamets, Paul. (2012, January 23). Fantastic Fungi: the Spirit of Good [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/2wzBPSbTGYM
This film by time-lapse photographer Louie Schwartzberg shows various types of mushrooms growing in the woods. The voice-over by mycologist Paul Stamets serves as a plea for us to learn the language of nature.
Stamets, Paul. (2008, March). 6 ways mushrooms can help save the world [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/
A fascinating talk explaining several ways that forests depend on fungi and mycelium, and the commonalities between humans and mushrooms.
The Hidden Beauty of Pollination
Ted2011. (2011, March). The Hidden Beauty of Pollination [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/
This short TED talk shows photography and a speech by time-lapse artist Louie Schwartzberg. The talk promotes the importance of pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and bats.
Can Religion be Part of the Solution?
TedWomen 2016. (2016, October). Sharon Brous: It’s time to reclaim religion [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/
In a time of increased terror attacks, religion is part of the problem. In this talk, Sharon Brous explores whether it can also be part of the solution. In her words, the same raw material that can be used to fuel violence can also fuel compassion, co-existence, and kindness.
Building the World’s Largest Underwater Sculpture
The Creators Project (2014, November 18). Building the World’s Largest Underwater Sculpture. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/k81odhXg2Lw
Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor creates underwater sculpture parks that benefit coral reefs around the world.
UNESCO. (2015, October 30). Exploring the World Heritage Convention for High Seas conservation [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/QZA-wE6PRRo
UNESCO makes a case for the oceans to be included as a world heritage conservation site.
Keep Calm and Save the Animals
WWF International. (2016, October 26). Living Planet Report, 2016 – Marco Lambertini [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/VMsxHaeyzNs
The video references WWF’s 2016 Living Planet Report, which predicts the loss of ⅔ of global wildlife by 2020. As a result, human beings will also lose out on all of the ways we benefit from biodiversity: clean water, pure air, food, and a stable climate. The report outlines ways that we can stop being a destructive society.
Aquariums of the Future
Yamamoto, Michi. (2016). Whale in a Gym [Video File]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/ujhejY278yU
This short video shows a whale jumping out of a wave, created within the walls of a school gymnasium using augmented reality.