Movies & Videos

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Bill Moyers interview with Tony Lieserowitz
An informative discussion of the six Americas: Alarmed (16%), Concerned (29%), Cautious (25%), Disengaged (9%), Doubtful (13%) , Dismissive (8%) with Tony Lieserowitz, Director of the Yale University Project on Climate Change Communication. About an hour.

The Case for Optimism.  A TED talk by Al Gore explores the current status of the climate problem and why he is optimistic.

CBS Face the Nation, Sunday May 26th, 2015
A discussion of severe weather and Climate Change; notable because it represents the mainstream media breaking their silence. About 60 minutes

Climate Threats of Powder River Basin Coal Mining and Exports
A brief introduction to the potential problems caused by this project exploring the consequences for Montana and the world. About 3.5 minutes.

Critical Choices in the Critical Decade
A short cartoon from the Australian Climate Commission on why we must leave 80% of known fossil fuels in the ground. About 2.5 minutes.

Hot in my Backyard
This American Life Episode, May 17th, 2013 with Ira Glass in three segments:
Segment I – Colorado State Climatologist
Segment II – Bob Inglis, former S. Carolina Republican Congressman
Segment III – Bill McKibben of on divestment
About a hour.

How It All Ends
An updated version of  ‘The Most Terrifying Video You’ll Ever See’ by Greg Craven; (10 minutes)

Jason Sherman: Congressman; Climate Change Denier
“Science Fair Nightmare” A short video depicting how a childrens ‘ science fair’ can change a climate denier (maybe?). About 5 minutes

The Most Terrifying Video You’ll Ever See

The video presents a simplified version of risk management using a 2×2 grid to sketch out possible scenarios based on: a) whether we choose to take action or not, and b) whether global warming turns out to be a threat or not. Using the grid, Craven concludes that taking action to combat climate change was the better choice, given the relative risks.  The model is Pascal’s Wager, developed by 17th Century mathematician/philosopher Blaise Pascal in relation to accepting the existence of God: the argument suggests that t it is in one’s own best interest to behave as if God exists even if one doubts it, since the possibility of eternal punishment in hell outweighs any advantage of believing otherwise.

The Necessity of Civil Disobedience
Bill Moyers Interviews Tim DeChristopher (see Bidder 70 below). About an hour. DeChristopher bid in an illegal auction of public lands in Utah winning parcels and thus protecting them from drilling; he spent two years in federal prison.

A New Climate Regime in the Arctic
Describes the positive feedback loop that is being developed as ice melts and more radiation is absorbed by the ocean instead of being reflected back. About 6 minutes.

Oil on Ice 

A 2005 exploration of the impact of oil drilling in the Arctc on wildlife and native peoples.  Includes a consideration of alternatives

Solutions to Climate Change

A brief discussion of how regenerative agriculture can extract carbon from the atmosphere and return it to oils destroyed by industrial agriculture.

Three Myths about the Keystone XL Pipeline
Former Obama administration ‘green jobs’ czar “van” Jones discusses the myths associated with Keystone XL. About 5 minutes.

The Way Forward – Climate Reality Project
We are all paying for carbon pollution. Find out how you’re paying, add your cost, and demand a price on carbon.

The Price of Carbon
A short introduction to what the price of our carbon combustion really is.  About 2.5 minutes.

Available for Loan from the SOCAN Library

If you are interested in borrowing any of these movies, please contact Alan Journet ( OR 541-301-4107). There is no charge, but please consider a small tax deductible donation to SOCAN to support our programs and projects. A small security deposit may be requested.

An Inconvenient Truth
Al Gore’s seminal award-winning movie that stimulated much debate about the issue. Though a little dated in terms of the currency of data, this remains an essentially accurate introduction to, and depiction of, the problem. 2006; Participant media: 118 minutes plus updates

The Awakening Universe
A Liberating New Cosmology For Our Time. A film by Neal Rogin. Based on “The Universe Story” By Thomas Berry & Brian Swimme. 15 minutes. (ls)

Bidder 70
The story of Utah student Tim de Christopher who stymied an illegal sale of Utah lands to oil companies by bidding on parcels – and winning the auction. 2012 Gage and Gage Productions 70 minutes. See also:

Chasing Ice
James Balog’s time lapse coverage of receding glaciers throughout the world demonstrates the irrefutable glacial loss due to climate change.  75 minutes.

Coal and Climate Change
Randy Wilson. The Coalfield Delegation to UN. 15 minutes (ls)

Covenant & Fighting Goliath:Texas Coal Wars 34 minutes (ls)

Covenant is a short film about people of faith from diverse religious traditions coming together to fight for clean air. In 2006, 19 conventional coal-fired power plants were proposed to be built in Texas and were being fast-tracked by the Governor.

Fighting Goliath – Narrated by Robert Redford and produced by the Redford Center and Alpheus Media, FIGHTING GOLIATH: TEXAS COAL WARS follows the story of Texans fighting a high-stakes battle for clean air. The film introduces the unlikely partners — mayors, ranchers, CEOs, community groups, legislators, lawyers, faith groups, and citizens — that have come together to oppose the construction of 19 conventional coal-fired power plants that were slated to be built in Eastern and Central Texas and that were being fast-tracked by the Governor.

The Future of Energy

A film about the people and communities who are leading the way to clean energy future (65 minutes).

Global Warming: The signs and the science
A PBS video that explore the basic science of climate change and the evidence. A little dated but still accurate 2005; PBS. 60 minutes.

Groundswell Rising: protecting our children’s air  & water.

With a focus on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) the film explores the growing movement to defend our communities from industrial harm, and the tenacious people who are deeply committed to preserving the planet for future generations (Two versions: 70 and 52 minutes).

How to Boil a Frog
A movie about saving civilization – with comedy. Probably a good introduction to climate change and environmental activism for younger audiences. 2010; Fools Bay Entertainment. 88 minutes.

Merchants of Doubt

Inspired  by the book of the same name by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, this film explores who the forces are behind the campaign of anti-science climate denial (93  minutes).

Mountain Top Removal

Throughout southern Appalachia Mountain Top Removal coal mining is on the rise blasting and leveling highland forests and streams. The process literally changes the geology of the region. Citizens negatively impacted by the resulting flooding, pollution, and destruction of their homes are fighting back to oppose big coals impact on their lives and communities. 74 minutes (ls)

Racing Extinction

In 100 years 50 percent of all species could be gone.  This film exposes the forces that are leading our planet to the next mass extinction:  the international wildlife trade and climate change (95  minutes).

Sand Wars 

An investigation into one of the most consumed and over-exploited resources on the planet: sand (75 minutes).

Stories of TRUST: Calling for Recovery from Climate Change
The Public Trust Doctrine holds that governments are responsible for protecting the common resources upon which we depend for survival. This movie depicts young people who are taking legal action against the U.S. Government on the grounds that current generations cannot continue to destroy the planet and leave it damaged for future generations. Comprises 9 short stories from 6 – 9 minutes long.

View from the Center of the Universe

Uses recent advances in astronomy, physics, and cosmology to frame an exciting new way to understand the universe as a whole and our role in it. 58 minutes. (ls)