Waste Land

Feb 24 2013

This documentary follows the artist Vik Muniz as engages with workers at the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. He turns these pickers of recyclable materials into artistic collaborators, introducing them to the well heeled world of the global art market. Part of the proceeds from the sale […]

A Dark Truth

Feb 24 2013

This 2012 film starring Andy Garcia and Forrest Whitaker is liable to fly under the radar due to its anti-corporate theme, but it is worth a look.  The central conflict of this action and suspense thriller is between Ecuadoran peasants and greedy executives who are financing military supression to further their corporatization of water.  While […]

The Age of Stupid

Mar 10 2012

In this 2009 film, set in the year 2055, Oscar-nominee Pete Postlethwaite plays an archivist who looks back on the present and asks: Why didn’t we do something about climate change before it was too late? Unlike the rollercoaster thriller “2012”, the anxieties are not so easily diffused at the end of this film. Not […]


Jan 21 2011

If you are going to see one documentary this year, Tapped may be the one that gives you the most useful information. Find out why bottled water isn’t all that great for you or the environment.

No Impact Man

Oct 29 2010

Colin Beavan and his family set out to minimize their ecological footprint. The details are captured in this documentary. While critics have faulted the project in any number of ways, seeing how one goes about reducing environmental impact is worthwhile. Watching made this viewer realize that he could do better. The negative reception given to […]

Spill » Forward

Jun 28 2010

The disaster in the Gulf of Mexico frames this exhibition, presented by Transnational Temps and hosted by MediaNoche.

BP, Shell, Chevron Spewing Oily Lies

May 25 2010

As pointed out by Bristol (UK) Indymedia, Shell has tried to cleanse its dirty business with cultural grants. It sponsored the Bristol Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (2007) while simultaneously menacing wildlife, like the bird pictured here. In Africa, Shell’s environmental record in the Niger Delta is the stuff of civil […]

Green Screens?

Jan 11 2010

As cathode ray tubes disappear, electronics companies are only beginning to reach comparable levels of energy use with their flashy flat screen TVs.

Labeling Things Green

Jan 07 2010

Home Depot plans to label products that they judge to be environmentally friendly, using the name “Eco Option.” Yet more than 90 percent of the products in the line are already on Home Depot’s shelves. While this is probably a step forward, the self-regulatory trajectory that this labeling is taking in the United States raises […]

Recycling Issues

Jan 07 2010

Does recycling really make a difference for the environment? While most people believe so, some don’t. Con The Utter Waste of Recycling By Alan Caruba. Pro Does Recyling Really Help? Some responses from student readers. [The latter] is a very interesting article on landfills (but long with small font so remember to exercise your eyes!) […]

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