VIDEOS RELATING TO “SAVING SPACESHIP EARTH”

This annotated list of videos with hyperlinks offers excellent follow-up to the themes covered in the two “Saving Spaceship Earth” Workshops. Many of the www.ted.com presentations are available with sub-titles in up to 21 languages:

  1. Johan Rockstrom (Stockholm Resilience Centre) videos – Let the environment guide our development (2010) Abundance within Planetary Boundaries 

  2. Al Gore videos – Averting the Climate Crisis (2006) New thinking on the climate crisis (2008)  What comes after an inconvenient truth? (2009) The case for optimism on climate change (2016)
  3. The Pale Blue Dot – “The Pale Blue Dot” – Carl Sagan’s famous poetic and inspiring talk on the earth from space (6 minutes)
  4. Ten Hans Rosling videos – about increasing population, wealth and health around the world. He is a brilliant and amusing presenter of statistics using dynamic computer graphics and generally has a positive outlook on the possibility of “Spaceship Earth” being able to sustain a human population of 10 billion as its growth levels off. Each of the ten presentations is between 10 and 18 minutes long.
  5. Human population growth – The world has never seen anything like the population explosion of the past century. The United Nations projects that the global population will top 9 billion by 2050 and 10 billion by 2100. This video highlights demographic trends around the globe, which offer a window into what our future world may look like. (7 minutes)
  6. Exponential growth of population and internet use – Video about the evolution of the world population and the internet growth giving statistical (exponential) facts and numbers about the world population and internet. (3.5 minutes)
  7. Population growth graphic – A graphic description of world population growth from 1 A.D. Produced by “Population connection”
  8. How human population reached 7 billion– National Geographic graphics on the 7 billion population total reached Oct 2011
  9. Images of US supersized consumer society – Chris Jordan uses images to rouse feelings about enormous and shocking statistics about US culture.  His supersized images picture some almost unimaginable statistics — like the astonishing number of paper cups we use every single day. 11 minutes (Polish sub-titles)
  10. Plastic fills the seas – a sea captain outlines the irrecoverable contamination of the Pacific Ocean by plastic from the ‘throwaway society’. (7-mins. Polish sub-titles available).
  11. Classroom lesson on Climate Change– “The most terrifying video you will ever see” – a classroom teacher takes a rational look at how to respond to the threat of global climate change (10 minutes)
  12. Recycling plastics– now it is possible to recycle plastics more cheaply than making them from oil. A 10-minute TED video – a beacon of hope for the green economy and to prevent environmental degradation and noxious employment in developing countries.
  13. Agriculture’s impact on the planet – agricultural production will need to double or triple by 2040 but it is the greatest contributor to CO2 emissions of all human activity. Agricultural impact on the planet is as huge a problem as climate disruption itself. 18 minutes (Polish transcript)
  14. The earth is full  – Paul Gilding on our failure to act in the face of overwhelming evidence of a coming global collapse (16 min presentation)
  15. Global Wealth Inequality  remarkable graphic representation of the increasing concentration of wealth globally and the huge outflow from poor to rich nations of wealth as a result of ‘the rules’ of trade, aid and the servicing of debt. (4 minutes)
  16. The Anthropocene –Professor Will Steffen shows us the profound change in the planet since the Industrial Revolution and argues that now, more than at any other time, humanity is the single most influential factor in global changes; so much so that we should recognise that now is the age of mankind – The Anthropocene. (18 minutes)
  17. Critical Thinking on Climate Change – remarkable lecture “Critical Thinking on Climate Change: Separating Skepticism from Denial, with brilliant power point presentation. (60  minutes)
  18. Earth orbit time lapse  –  compiled from satellite filming (4 mins)
  19. Proving nature wrong – Ronald Wright We have a small window of time to get the future right: what contemporary policy makers & economists can do to alleviate the pressures of progress. (26 mins.)
  20. Which country does the most good for the world? – the creator of the Good Country Index outlines the challenge of globalising the solutions to the problems thrown up by globalisation itself. National inward-looking governments are the main obstacle. They act like ‘cultural psychopaths’ that compete in the global market place as if they existed alone on the planet. (18 mins.)
  21. Taking the future into account – Why do humans have such a hard time taking the future into account? Answering this question with insightful analysis, the film offers strategies for policymakers and individuals who are interested in ways that we can overcome our conditioned habits. (30 mins.)
  22. A bright green future – Guy Dauncey, Canadian eco-futurist, sees the bright green future 2032 (54 mins)
  23. What a way to go: Life at the end of empire-(2007) -123 min documentary – A middle class white guy comes to grips with Peak Oil, Climate Change, Mass Extinction, Population Overshoot and the demise of the American Lifestyle.
  24. Machine World dramatic photos  – amazing photos of large-scale human impact on landscapes with particular emphasis on China’s economic growth. Ends with a proposal for prizes for education for sustainability of 8-12 year olds (34 mins.)
  25. Why societies collapse – Jared Diamond Ted Talk  – Polish sub-titles (18 Mins)
  26. Is this our final century? – Sir Martin Rees Ted Talk – Polish sub-titles (17 mins.)
  27. Saving civilisation – Guy Dauncey’s upbeat TED talk that offers seven things that humans can do to avoid collapse of civilisation (15 mins.)
  28. The Collapse of Globalism John Ralston Saul (27 mins)
  29. Visualising a ‘Plenitude Economy‘ – an American Dream video describing an eco-intelligent economy (4 mins)

 

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