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The Big Picture:
"When people see things differently, they will do things differently." ~ Suzuki Roshi (Japanese Zen Master)
May we give young people energy and courage, instead of the burden of fear and
powerlessness. ~ ZHS
The Big Picture
Awareness and Action
Green Film Festivals
Green Education means learning how fragile life on this planet really is,
and it also means figuring out what to do to protect the natural world in which
we all exist. These two films clearly explain the big picture, and all that
follows is the healing effort of Green Education.
An Inconvenient Truth
Al Gore's Oscar-winning documentary
is based on Gore's lecture series that
he has spent years giving around
the world. The world's science
community says that the film is 99%
accurate. There is virtually no real
scientific dispute that Global Warming
is happening now. Yet, when the creators
of this film offered to give thousands
of copies of this DVD to high schools across America,
they were blocked by the power of corporate influence on education.
Please preview this film to determine if your children are ready to see it.
If you view this with your children, please plan for time to discuss it with
them after viewing.
The Eleventh Hour
This film is considered the sequel to An Inconvenient Truth.
This brilliant documentary tells us that now is perhaps the last chance
we have to change things. The film's host is Leonardo DiCaprio. The film's
intelligent dialog points out the error in believing that human life is
somehow separate from nature. This Taoist view is explained by some of the world's
foremost scientists, poets, authors and conservationists. The American
public was not given much of a chance to view this film in 2007.
It is out now on DVD. We encourage families to show it
to friends, at home in your neighborhoods.
Please preview the film first to
determine if it is something your children are ready to see.
Green Awareness and Action:
The Farmers Market Revolution:
The smart activism of ordinary Americans buying locally grown food
and products is a Win/Win revolution! The Farmers Market is nothing
new, it is simply how we used to buy our food before big business took over.
The beauty of buying locally grown vegetables, fruits, and eating local eggs,
fish and meat, is not only in health benefits, but also in a
much reduced carbon footprint on the earth.
Order Green Education Workbook
View YouTube clip:
Dr. Vandana Shiva on
Global Food Democracy
Create Your Own Green Film Festivals:
Have a neighborhood Green Film Festival at your house!
Invite your friends, have a potluck. Enjoy, educate, enrich. Encourage young
people to make their own videos of Green issues in your area.
Show the amature videos at the Festivals along with the professional DVDs.
You can't charge for watching the copyrighted DVDs, but you could have a bake
sale or a raffle to generate funds for Green projects. Be creative!
These beautiful DVDs could be shown interspersed in your Film Festivals with more
serious films. The first row is top films of real wildlife around the world. The
second row is fictional feature films that speak about personal experience
Start a Green lending library for your community.
Books, CDs and DVDs could be on display during your film festival.
Start Green Teams that organize clubs of favorite Green Topics and Green Projects.
People could get started networking during intermissions at your festivals.
Sounds of the Natural World:
These authentic CDs are of Africa, the humpback whales,
morning birds and wolves of North America.
Encourage young people to write Green Poetry and let them read to your friendly festival audience.
Joni Mitchell's brilliant new Green/Protest/Peace jazz-infusion
CD, "Shine," is bitter-sweet.
She asks all of us to take a realistic look at the condition
of the natural world. Through awareness, we
know what to do and what not to do.
"Money, money, money...
Money makes the trees come down
It makes mountains into molehills
Big money kicks the wide wide world around."
A few favorite Green Education web sites:
May we give young people energy and courage instead of the burden of fear and learned helplessness.
May we find ways to live that are sustainable and do not depend on destroying the habitat of indigenous peoples, animals or plants.
May we do everything we can to ensure compassionate and sustainable methods of agriculture and horticulture.
May we develop the ability to grow our own food and reduce dependence on global markets.
May we develop sustainable ways to generate energy without polluting our small planet.
May we find ways to live in harmony with Nature and protect ample wild places.
May we care for the plants and animals that depend on us for life.
May we help spread the healing effort of Green Education.
May we prevent the destruction of the Natural World.
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