Global Warming Info : Must See and Read
Must See/Must Read Section
If you, like us, are a greenie, and are looking for more information on innovative new green technology, the environment and generally just what's going on in the world, here are some links to documentaries we think are worth a watch, and a list of books we think you should read. In the information age, it's hard to know what's good, solid information, and what's not. The list we've compiled is of what we feel are the best researched pieces, by the people we know don't take funding from oil companies. If there's anything you think is missing from our list, please, let us know and we'll review it and add it to the ever-expanding pile of
green information available!
- An Inconvenient Truth (documentary AND book): Produced by former Vice President Al Gore, and widely distributed to movie theatres across North America, Europe and Asia, An Inconvenient Truth has become the beacon of mainstream environmentalism.
- Who Killed the Electric Car (documentary): A documentary that looks into the disappearance of the electric car, which was actually quite popular in California during the late nineties, but was later recalled, and all vehicles were destroyed, despite no claims of problems with the cars.
- ExxonSecrets -
www.exxonsecrets.org is Greenpeace's investigative look into the denial
machine that stems out of ExxonMobil. Exxon is shown to be behind the most vocal
of climate deniers, including the site
www.globalwarming.org, which is the first site people come across is they
currently type "global warming" into the search engines. If you want to know why
there is still reports of "no consensus" on global warming - this is where you
find who to blame.
- Heat, by George Monbiot (book): Written and researched by British journalist George Monbiot, Heat delves into the causes and the worst case scenario effects of global warming, and then goes on to discuss ways we can save our planet. Monbiot says that by making everything we do at least 90 per cent more efficient, we can escape the most serious of threats that global warming will pose.
- Monbiot.com: For a more chronicled
and slightly deeper look into the inner mind of George
Monbiot and his crusade on climate change, check out his
site, which is updated regularly with bitingly sarcastic
and highly critical updates on the status of the global
response to climate change.
- Planet Earth (documentary series): Produced by the BBC, the Planet Earth series is an in-depth look at all that Earth has to offer, with breathtaking footage of little before explored areas of our planet. While this documentary doesn't deal with environmental issues directly, by watching it, you can see the areas that are already endangered, and what we risk losing if we continue to let global warming happen at such an alarming rate.
- Collapse, by Jared Diamond (book): This book takes a look at the histories of past societies and delves into the reasons they were able to survive or fail in their given circumstances. Like us, many of these civilizations could see they were having a horrible impact on their environment, like the deforestation on Easter Island, but continued on their destructive path--much like we're doing today.
- A Short History of Progress, by Ronald Wright (book): Like Diamond's Collapse, A Short History of Progress looks at past failed civilizations, especially those felled down by environmental degradation and compares them to our current situation. A very short read, this book is part of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporations Massey Lecture Series.