Here Comes The Sun – Solar Energy

On 12/01/2012, in Energy & Environment, by thomas

If it were up to the sun, we would have no energy problem. Every half hour on the Earth’s surface, there is more than enough light to provide energy needs for the whole world in a year. We don’t have an energy problem, we have a conversion problem. If we are able to harvest sunlight […]

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e² design

On 10/23/2012, in Energy & Environment, Sustainable building, by wouter

e² is a critically acclaimed, multipart PBS series about the innovators and pioneers who envision a better quality of life on earth: socially, culturally, economically and ecologically. The series explores attainable solutions to pressing environmental and social challenges, and its stories are culled from a variety of fields including design, energy, transport, water, food and […]

 

Arithmetic, Population and Energy (Lecture)

On 10/21/2012, in Energy & Environment, Finance & Economics, by wouter

Professor Al Bartlett begins his one-hour talk with the statement, “The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.” He proceeds to examine oddly reassuring statements from “experts”, the media and political leaders – statements that are dramatically inconsistent with the facts. He discusses the widespread worship of economic […]

 

Sepp Holzer: Aquaculture, synergy between land and water

On 09/28/2012, in Energy & Environment, Permaculture, by wouter

Fishponds on a mountain farm: an unusual sight at these altitudes. On an Austrian mountain, permaculture farmer Sepp Holzer created more than 70 ponds and wetland areas covering about 3 hectares.  Sepp Holzer: “In these ponds and lakes the fish are mixed in a colourful way, just like my plants. In a number of places […]

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Farming with terraces and raised beds

On 09/28/2012, in Energy & Environment, Permaculture, by wouter

Sepp and Veronica Holzer, Austrian mountainside permaculturalists from before the term was invented, at their farm the Kramaterhof, became well known only after publicity in 2000. Sepp Holzer narrates the history of synergistic ideas that have made his farm a high production combination of agroforestry, aquaculture, terraces and raised beds, water heat exchange, self-produced electricity, […]

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The Garden

On 09/28/2012, in Energy & Environment, Permaculture, by wouter

The Garden is a 2008 American documentary film directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy. It tells the story of the now demolished South Central Farm; a community garden and urban farm located in Los Angeles,California. The Garden details the plight of the farmers who organized and worked on the farm. The owner of the lot decided he didn’t want to allow the farmers to use […]

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Garbage Warrior

On 08/28/2012, in Energy & Environment, Sustainable building, by wouter

Garbage Warrior is a 2007 film about architect Mike Reynolds, inventor of the Earthship style of building, directed by Oliver Hodge. It follows Reynolds’ and how he developed the Earthship style of building and his struggle with the legislature of Taos, New Mexico, the location of his experimental Earthship community, in order to be allowed to build homes that do not match the […]

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FUEL

On 06/20/2012, in Energy & Environment, by thomas

FUEL is a 2008 documentary film directed by Josh Tickell. Eleven years in the making, FUEL is the in-depth personal journey of filmmaker Josh Tickell, takes us on a hip, fast-paced road trip into America’s dependence on foreign oil. Combining a history lesson of the US auto and petroleum industries and interviews with a wide […]

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Zeitgeist: Moving forward 2011

Zeitgeist: Moving Forward is the third and final installment in Peter Joseph’s Zeitgeist film trilogy. The film is arranged into four successive parts. Within each part is an amalgam of interviews, narration and animated sequences: Part 1: The discussion turns to human behavior and the nature vs. nurture debate. This portion begins with a small clip with Robert Sapolskysumming […]

The Power Of Community How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

On 09/25/2011, in Ecology, Energy & Environment, by thomas

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community and creativity of the Cuban people during this difficult time. […]