Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletDecember 15, 2017

Earth Concerns News

Media-Rich Websites on Earth Issues by Sister Debbie Timmis, CSJ


As we continue our series of articles concerning ecological resources and actions found on the internet, I would like to direct your attention this month to web resources that are media rich with video and audio. You may want to read this article online at http://www.csjalbany.org/ for ease of use when trying to access the links discussed herein. 

The first site with video, online discussion forums and background information about each topic is www.pbs.org. PBS.org features its major programs which you can watch online any time. The following are some highlights from this site that concern Earth and ecological issues:
 
Independent Lens had an excellent program this past month found at http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/waste-land/. “Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores,”self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives.” (Wasteland Movie, Almega Projects. 2011. Web, 4/30/11)
 
I found this program very informative not only because of the amount of waste and garbage generated by cities but also as it applies to the human rights of those who work in landfills. I was amazed at the art created from garbage and at the insight of Vic Muniz that art is created with something ordinary is seen in a new way. Along with video clippings are included TV show times, a director chat and links to the Wasteland Movie site.
 
The popular Frontline program has a video archive of 106 videos on its section of the PBS site at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/view. I suggest the program found at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/poisonedwaters/view/. More than three decades after the Clean Water Act, iconic American waterways like the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound are in perilous condition and are facing new sources of contamination. “With polluted runoff still flowing in from industry, agriculture and massive suburban development, scientists note that many new pollutants and toxins from modern, everyday life are already being found in the drinking water of millions of people across the country and pose a threat to fish, wildlife and, potentially, human health.” (Poisoned Waters. PBS, 2011. Web, 4/30/11)
 
Be sure to check out the entire PBS site, especially the Nova and Nature sections. Time spent at this site is akin to time spent in a virtual library with countless articles to read, conversations to join and a treasure chest of valuables to discover!
 
Another site I recently happened upon as I worked on lesson plans for Earth Day is the Earth Day TV site at http://www.earthdaytv.net/ The videos hosted on this site are not exclusively about Earth Day but include earth issues in general. The site also has a “Live Chat” feature which allows you to ask questions about the videos, give suggestions or ask for input if you are unsure of a video’s audience, content, etc. Some of the channels you will find on this site include the following: Global Warming, Get Active, Alternative Energy, Greener Living, Authors, In the Classroom, Earth Day. These videos may be used for presentation and classes as well as for individual enrichment.
 
Finally the Homeland Committee has started an open group on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_163329453727020#!/home.php?sk=group_163329453727020&ap=1. Those of you on Facebook, please join us there for further conversation and ideas on Earth Issues.