CLIMATE EMERGENCY PLAYLIST
Climate change is caused by human activities and is threatening the way we live and the future of our planet. If left unchecked, climate change will undo a lot of the progress made over the past years in development. Doing nothing will end up costing us a lot more than if we take actions now that will lead to greater prosperity and better lives for all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilience. By addressing climate change, we can build a sustainable world for everyone.
Set in Indonesia, an indigenous community protects their land from loggers and palm oil companies, and shares their approach to sustainable forestry and climate solutions. Themes addressed include human rights, conservation, community organizing, sustainable development, and ecology.
Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese
This is the story of five everyday Australians who are working with their communities to minimize the impacts of climate change on these places by keeping oil, coal and gas in the ground. Themes addressed include creative activism, community organizing, entrepreneurship, and sustainability.
What does it look like when a community is in control of their own land and management of natural resources? This film visits themes of ecology, natural resource management, community organizing, conservation, and indigenous community.
Subtitles: Portuguese, English, Indonesian, French, Spanish
The signing of the Montreal Protocol in September 1987 launched an unprecedented global effort in the protection of the environment. This film reveals this global effort grew stronger with time, bringing the world to unite and tackle a global problem. Themes addressed include conservation, politics, and global effort.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Guna communities have long been recognized for protecting the forests along their coastline; despite significant threats from farming and industrial logging, they are proven protectors of their ancestral forests. Today they face uncertainty over the sea that surrounds their island homes. Themes addressed include wildlife, indigenous communities, oceans, marine biodiversity, and community organizing.
Subtitles: Portuguese, English, Indonesian, Spanish
In Rio de Janeiro an engineer fights for a sustainable future with spirited ideas and an unconventional source of energy – made from sewage. Themes include sustainable development, entrepreneurship, technology, and pollution.
SUGGESTED LESSON PLAN: THE ENVIRONMENTALIST
The Environmentalist Engagement Model encourages students to conduct an outreach campaign around environmental issues. These films share a similar concept: the conflict between natural resource extraction and climate change. Specifically, the subjects in the films are facing the same issues of balancing energy extraction and environment protection. Students should conduct research about their selected environmental challenge after watching these films, paying particular attention to energy and sustainability.
Lesson Plan Add-On
In Step 2, suggest students select from one of the following environmental challenges for their outreach marketing strategy: (i) energy & sustainability, (ii) environmental protection, (iii) impacts of natural resource extraction, (iv) conflicts between economic growth and environmental protection.
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