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Videos for the Environment

April 17, 2015

Have you ever wondered about the elaborate relationship and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals? Couldn’t we all just stop using plastic bags? What about population growth? The Red River College Library would like to honour Earth Day (April 22), by presenting a selection of videos from the RRC Library’s collection that remind us to be healthy planet dwellers. 


Symphony of the SoilSymphony of the soil

An artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource. The film also examines our human relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil‘s key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers.

Bag itBag it

This story follows Jeb Berrier, an average American guy — admittedly not a ‘tree hugger’ — who makes a pledge to stop using plastic bags. This simple action gets Jeb thinking about all kinds of plastic. He embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world.



Mother: Caring for 7 billionMother: Caring for 7 Billion

Brings to light an issue that silently fuels our largest environmental, humanitarian and social crises – population growth. Since the 1960s the world population has nearly doubled, adding more than 3 billion people. At the same time, talking about population has become politically incorrect because of the sensitivity of the issues surrounding the topic- religion, economics, family planning, and gender inequality. The film illustrates both the over consumption and the inequity side of the population issue by following Beth, a mother, a child-rights activist, and the last sibling of a family of twelve, as she discovers the thorny complexities of the population dilemma and highlights a different path to solve it.

Climate refugeesClimate Refugees

The first feature film to explore that global human impact of climate change and its serious destabilizing effect on international politics. The film turns the distant concept of global warming into a concrete human problem with enormous worldwide consequences.




White water, black goldWhite Water, Black Gold

Follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across Western Canada in search of the truth about the impact of the world’s thirstiest oil industry. This is a journey of jarring contrasts, from the pristine mountain ice fields that are the source of the industry’s water, to the Tar Sands tailing ponds, where thousands of migrating birds have unwittingly landed and died … [It] is a sober look at the untold costs associated with developing this major oil deposit, and raises important questions about how much environmental damage we’re willing to tolerate to feed our oil appetite.

Nourish: short filmsNourish: Short Films

A companion to the award-winning PBS special Nourish: Food + Community, this engaging collection of 54 short films explores such themes as Farm to Fork, Cooking and Eating, Food and Health, and Edible Education. Use these beautiful, bite-sized films to spark the imagination and inspire meaningful change.



Toxic trespassToxic Trespass

Intrepid filmmaker Barri Cohen launches an investigation into the effects of the industrial chemicals around us. She starts with her own daughter, who — like most children today — carries a cocktail of carcinogens in her blood. Toxic Trespass delves into the chemical soup that surrounds us and that we’ve taken for granted. We meet passionate activists, doctors and scientists who see clear evidence of often-denied links between the environment and health, and are working for change.


Nature of thingsNature of Things

The Nature of Things is one of the most successful series in the history of Canadian television. Hosted by the world-renowned geneticist and environmentalist David Suzuki, the influential program presents stories that are driven by a scientific understanding of the world. Stories full of adventure, drama and insight.

If you are interested in viewing these titles or have any media-related questions, please visit Library–Media Services in person or contact us at:

Notre Dame Campus Library

P: 204-632-2231

Exchange District Campus Library

P: 204-949-8370