Our library contains movies and books. The library is housed at the Squamish public library. Everybody who has a valid library card can rent the movies and books there.
Please note movies are exclusively for home use; many require a license for public or educational use. Donations will go towards more movies.
Squamish CAN – MOVIES (available at the Squamish Library)
Movies about food and food production
- THE TRUE COST OF FOOD
The True Cost of Food is a 15 minute educational and entertaining DVD about sustainable food.
A small animation made to alert people about some of the serious problems of producing and eating food using dangerous synthetic chemicals, Genetically Modified Organisms, the cruelty and nature severe costs of producing meat, allowing big corporation interests control the food chain, and other problems that help to destroy nature and the health of people. As this animation shows, producing and buying organic food on smaller and more ethical stores is the best solution for many of these problems. Buy Organic, For You, For Others And For Nature.
- FOOD INC.
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment.
FARM FOR THE FUTURE
Talk about fatty foods – everything we eat is dripping in oil! Inevitably, an energy crisis would force a revolution in farming. It would affect what we put on our plate and where it comes from, and it would even raise the alarming question of whether there would be enough to keep us fed.
The result is, our farmers are hungry for change and crazily busy making their farms fit for the future. Come and see what they look like and learn how, when it comes to changing the world, every bite counts!
- THE ISLANDS PROJECT
The story of chef Michael Stadtlander’s journey from his farm in Ontario to BC in a biodiesel solar powered kitchen bus. Canadian documentary featuring a Chef, his wife, his son and his apprentices – joined by chefs, artists, farmers, oyster cultivators, environmentalists and loggers. Rated as ‘Best of environmental films’ from the 2007 Mixed Greens Film Festival.
- THE FUTURE OF FOOD
The future of Food offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade.
- THE REAL DIRT ON FAMER JOHN
The epic tale of a maverick Mid-western farmer. Castigated as a pariah in his community, Farmer John bravely transforms his farm amidst a failing economy, vicious rumors, and arson. He succeeds in creating a bastion of free expression and a revolutionary form of agriculture in rural America.
BANANAS!* won second prize in the “feature length” category at the Ecofilms festival 2010 in Rodos, Greece. Words from the jury: “A surprisingly well told story of killer capitalism told as a haunting legal thriller and a gripping court room drama. A gripping drama of poor workers in Nicaragua that try to get justice in the court rooms of Los Angeles against powerful multinationals. A suspenseful saga of David and Goliath in a world where justice does not always come to those who need or deserve it.”
- ONE MAN, ONE COW, ONE PLANET
One man, One cow, One planet exposes globalization and the mantra of infinite growth in a finite world for what it really is: an environmental and human disaster. But across India marginal farmers are fighting back. By reviving biodynamics an arcane form of agriculture, they are saving their poisoned lands and exposing the bio-colonialism of multinational corporations. One man, One cow, One planet tells their story through the teachings of an elderly New Zealander many are calling the new Gandhi.
- MAD CITY CHICKENS: THE RETURN OF THE URBAN BACKYARD CHICKEN!
Mad City Chickens is a sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. From chicken experts and authors to a rescued landfill hen or an inexperienced family that decides to take the poultry plunge. It is a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom.
Movies about transportation
- WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR
“Structured as a documentary murder mystery, with each suspect in the EV1′s ‘murder’ being investigated and pegged with a motive, ‘Who Killed the Electric Car?’ makes no bones about the fact that something stinks in the story of the sudden demise of the car that came by the too-fitting name of The Impact. And it smells a lot like gasoline.” (Toronto Star)
Movies about water
- BLUE GOLD – WORLD WATER WARS
Global warming is an issue of “how” we live; the water crisis is an issue of “if” we live. Based on the ground-breaking book by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke, Executive Produced by Mark Achbar and Si Litvinoff narrated by
Malcolm McDowell, BLUE GOLD:WORLD WATER WARS sheds light on the world’s rapidly approaching water crisis and suggests that wars of the future will be fought over water, as they today over oil, as the source of all life enters the global marketplace and political arena. In every corner of the globe, we are polluting, diverting, pumping, and wasting our limited supply of fresh water at an expediential level as population and technology grows. The rampant over development of agriculture, housing and industry increases the demands for fresh water well beyond the finite supply, resulting in the desertification of the earth.
Despite three decades of environmental regulation, the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound are getting increasingly polluted as a result of PCBs, factory farm waste, and fall-out from rampant suburban sprawl. The result is frogs with six legs, male amphibians with ovaries, and so-called “dead zones” completely devoid of flora or fauna. The mutations in particular are especially disturbing due to the fact that endocrine disruptors, chemical compounds that mimic the hormones in the human body, cause them. These contaminants are frequently found in common household cleaners, and have a way of finding their way into the surrounding environment. Just because the issue of environmental pollution isn’t as prominent as war or the economy doesn’t mean it should be considered any less of a threat to our future; with five million people being exposed to endocrine disruptors in the Mid-Atlantic region alone, the potential for disaster is certainly something worth considering. By bringing his investigation close to home, Smith attempts to discern what can be done to keep our environment clean for generations to come.
Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water. From the producers of ‘Who Killed the Electric Car’ and ‘I.O.U.S.A.,’ this timely documentary is a behind-the-scenes look into the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water. From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table.
Movies about waste and waste management
“Trashed” is a provocative investigation of one of the fastest growing industries in North America. The garbage business. The film examines a fundamental element of modern American culture…the disposal of what our society defines as “waste.” It is an issue influenced by every American, most of whom never consider the consequences. Nor, it seems, the implications to our biosphere. At times humorous, but deeply poignant, “Trashed” examines the American waste stream fast approaching a half billion tons annually.
- GARBAGE WARRIOR
Garbage Warrior is a feature-length documentary film telling the epic story of maverick US architect Michael Reynolds and his fight to introduce radically sustainable housing. An extraordinary tale of triumph over bureaucracy, Garbage Warrior is above all an intimate portrait of an extraordinary individual and his dream of changing the world.
WASTE WATCHERS: Healthy, effective Waste Loss
Our landfill is reaching its limit. With our trash exports banned, some say expanding it is the only alternative. But is it really? This will cost us millions! Let’s take a close look at what it contains. Perhaps we can get rid of it altogether…, one piece of trash at a time!
THE STORY OF STUFF
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. 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.
ADDICTED TO PLASTICS
The film details plastic’s path over the last 100 years and provides a wealth of expert interviews on practical and cutting edge solutions to recycling, toxicity and biodegradability. These solutions – which include plastic made from plants – will provide viewers with a hopeful perspective about our future with plastic.
MOVIES ABOUT ENERGY, GREEN BUILDING AND SUSTAINABILITY
- KILOWATT OURS
Kilowatt Ours is a documentary by Jeff Barrie that has become a national movement to promote energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy. This often amusing and always inspiring story shows, “You can easily make a difference and here’s how!”
BIG IDEAS FOR A SMALL PLANET
Big Ideas for a Small Planet is an American documentary series on the Sundance Channel which focuses on environmental innovations such as alternative fuel and green building techniques.
- TO THE TAR SANDS
To The Tar Sands follows a group of nineteen young environmentalists as they cycle over 1,300 kilometres northbound across Alberta to witness the impacts of Alberta’s tar sands boom firsthand.
They talk to farmers, moms and dads, an urban planner, oil industry workers, the chief of a First Nations community and others along the way asking “How has the tar sands boom affected you?” As the kilometres click away, they excavate into their own complicity with Alberta’s rush to develop the tar sands.
MODERN MARVELS: RENEWABLE ENERGY
Film examines how today’s advanced technologies are working to harness air, water, earth and fire to produce clean and reliable sources of energy, The technological revolution of the 21st century is renewable energy! Featuring interviews with energy experts, authors and engineers – examines the benefits of some of the most reliable renewable sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, biofuel and tidal power.
This award-winning documentary exposes the problems associated with our energy consumption. It also offers concrete solutions for those who want to educate themselves and be part of the solutions in this decisive era. The film features passionate individuals, entrepreneurs, experts and scientists at the forefront of their field bringing legitimacy and expertise to the core message of the piece.
Unveils a curtain of deception covering America’s dependence on foreign oil as it explores one possible solution to the coming energy crisis. Made from vegetable oil, ‘biodiesel’ fuel is an economically sustainable, environmentally sound alternative already widely used in Europe. It has the potential to reduce dangerous green house gases, boost America’s sagging economy, and reduce our dependency on foreign oil.
A CRUDE AWAKENING: THE OIL CRASH
OilCrash, produced and directed by award-winning European journalists and filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack, tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visits with the world’s top experts and comes to a startling, but logical conclusion – our industrial society, built on cheap and readily available oil, must be completely re-imagined and overhauled.
- FROM TAR SANDS TO TANKERS
The Battle to Stop Enbridge, Inc.
- PEOPLE POWER
Building Social Movements to Protect Public Power in Canada
Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands
A PASSION FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Those interested in changing the way we consume so that our planet is protected and we practice good stewardship might want to take a look at what’s going on in Portland. Its businesses, government and people are forging ahead with a new perspective that is both exciting, economically feasible and gives us hope that we can prevent further damage to the earth and enjoy life to the max.
- EARTHSHIP BIOTECTURE, COMPLETE SEMINAR 2009 DVD SET
Earthship Biotecture has been hosting Earthship Seminars at our headquarters in Taos, New Mexico for over 20 years. People have traveled from all over the world to attend these 3 day events. Now, for the first time, we are offering the lecture segment of the seminar on DVD. This 2 disc set includes five and half hours of an in-depth Earthship presentation by Michael Reynolds from the September 2009 Seminar. This is a distillation of 40 years of research and development into sustainable building methods. Includes Q&A with seminar attendees.
- THE EARTHSHIP SEMINAR, 9 DVD SET:
Solar/thermal dynamics: How to heat and cool a building in any climate with no fossil fuels or utility bills. Thermal wrap, cooling tubes, operable skylights and vent boxes.
Rammed Earth Tire Construction: How to build structural walls using discarded automobile tires. Tires rammed with earth form the load bearing walls for the roof as well as providing the thermal mass to stabilize temperature.
Types of Earthship Designs: The evolution of the Earthship over the past few decades. Packaged, Modular, Hybrid, Custom and Global Earthship Designs.
Earthship Independent Power Systems: How to design down your power needs in an Earthship to make the system efficient and affordable. Explaination of the power systems in an Earthship, panels, batteries, lighting systems, the Power Organizing Module.
Earthship Integrated Water Systems: Earthship catch water, gray water and black water systems explained in great detail from the best roofing materials to use to the low flush gray water toilet to growing your own food inside your Earthship.
- E² DESIGN: THE ECONOMICS OF BEING ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIOUS
e² is a critically acclaimed, multipart PBS series about the innovators and pioneers who envision a better quality of life on earth: socially, culturally, economically and ecologically. The series explores attainable solutions to pressing environmental and social challenges, and its stories are culled from a variety of fields including design, energy, transport, water, food and urban development.
- GLOBAL ONENESS PROJECT
The Global Oneness Project produces films, media and educational materials which explore how the simple notion of interconnectedness can be lived in today’s complex world.
TV/E INSPIRING CHANGE
TVE works in global partnership to make films that inspire change (various films and subjects).
Movies about climate change and planet Earth
- THE TRUTH ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE
Sir David Attenborough undertakes a personal journey to discover how global warming is changing the planet he knows so well. The Truth About Climate Change is a two part documentary presented by David Attenborough who asks the question What is the future for our world? In program one, Sir David searches the Evidence For Global Warming to establish what is causing it. Some extraordinary phenomena have taken place in recent times; Hurricane Katrina, the heat wave of 2003, polar bears swimming in search of ice and vast swarms of insects enveloping an African village. But are these isolated incidents or are they omens of a greater global change? Sir David discovers that the world is warming at an unprecedented rate, and finds out why this is now far beyond any normal allowance for cyclical fluctuation. And as ice crashes into the sea, Professor Ian Stirling darts and weighs polar bears, showing that a shorter hunting season caused by diminishing ice is affecting their breeding and health. The world that David brought to the screen in Life in the Freezer may be about to disappear. But are humans to blame? These changes are already in motion whatever we do now, but Sir David believes that we may be able to act to prevent a catastrophe.
- THE 11th HOUR
The 11th Hour is the last moment when change is possible when we are experiencing a convergence of crisis in our world. There exists a commonly held misunderstanding that we are not connected to nature, that we have been given dominion over others and that we are separate. Mistakenly, Economics doesn’t calculate the input and value of Nature.
The film explores how we’ve arrived at this moment — how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. Featuring ongoing dialogues of experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, then, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking; former head of the CIA, R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau; in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the most important issues that face our planet and people.
The 11th Hour online community www.11thhouraction.com is devoted to helping people understand what they can do at the individual, local, state, national and international levels.
Directed by photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrandand narrated by Glenn Close, HOME takes you on a visually stunning, spectacular voyage around the world. It is a unique film that approaches the current debate about climate change from a whole new angle, giving viewers the opportunity to see for themselves how our earth is changing. Going well beyond the scientific reports, charts and graphs, this film is an inspiration that speaks to our hearts and touches our souls. Spanning 54 countries and 120 locations, all seen from the air, the film captures the Earth’s most amazing landscapes, showcasing its incomparable beauty and acknowledging its vulnerability. HOME is a compelling emotional reminder of what is at stake: the Earth, in all its beauty, and the people who live on it.
- GLOBAL WARMING – CLIMATE CHANGE IN B.C.
Three part Video series & Knowledge Network Booklet Guide
Part I Defining the Problem
Part II Addressing the Problem
Part III Adapting to Change
Seeking Solutions … Climate change presents complex problems — in its nature and in what it asks of us … Beyond a leafy hedge, SUVs and pickup trucks weave among the RVs travelling through town “The myth of the abundance of water is in our psyche.” Immersed in that myth, British Columbians waste water at rates far “higher than the Canadian average.” “And the Canadian average is much higher than the world average.” Our decisions must be based on the true value of water. If water you get through your tap cost closer to what it cost to produce, people would use it better.
Squamish CAN – BOOKS (available at the Squamish Library)
STORMY WEATHER: 101 SOLUTIONS TO GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
Authors: Guy Dauncey and Patrick Mazza
ROUGH GUIDE TO CLIMATE CHANGE
Author: Robert Henson
AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH
The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and what we can do about it
Author: Al Gore
- THE NEW ENTREPRENEURS: BUILDING A NEW ECONOMY FOR THE FUTURE
Author: Andrew Heintzman
- WHY YOUR WORLD IS ABOUT TO GET A WHOLE LOT SMALLER
Author: Jeff Rubin