The True Cost

(FILM, 92 MIN.)

A 2015 documentary, directed by Andrew Morgan, focusing  on aspects of the garment industry ―  from production (mainly exploring the life of low-wage workers in developing countries) to its after-effects such as river and soil pollution, pesticide contamination, disease and death. Using an approach that looks at environmental, social and psychological aspects, it also examines consumerism and mass media, ultimately linking them to global capitalism. The documentary is a collage of several interviews with environmentalists, garment workers, factory owners, and people organizing fair trade companies or promoting sustainable clothing production.

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ECDDBeth StewartEconomy, Film
Doughnut Economics


Humanity’s 21st century challenge is to meet the needs of all within the means of the planet. In other words, to ensure that no one falls short on life’s essentials (from food and housing to healthcare and political voice), while ensuring that collectively we do not overshoot our pressure on Earth’s life-supporting systems, on which we fundamentally depend – such as a stable climate, fertile soils, and a protective ozone layer. The Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries is a playfully serious approach to framing that challenge, and it acts as a compass for human progress this century.

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ECDDBeth StewartEconomy, Book
True Cost of Oil

(VIDEO, 18 MIN.)

In this 2011 TEDx talk, award-winning photographer and Crossroads Project collaborator Garth Lenz describes the devastating impact of the Alberta tar sands mining operations on Canada’s stunning boreal forests and First Nations people.  This is a powerful, unflinching look at the true cost of our insatiable thirst for fossil fuels.

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Arithmetic, Population, and Energy

(VIDEO, 75 MIN.)

Exponential growth is at the very heart of our sustainability crisis, and the basics are readily understandable.  In this classic video lecture, Professor of Physics Dr. Albert Bartlett, explains to a small class the very simple mathematics and  of exponential growth.  He uses population and energy as his focus and applies his conclusions to his home of Boulder, Colorado for some highly relatable examples.   Don’t be fooled by the quaint production ―  the information is succinctly, expertly, even charmingly presented.

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(Film, 96 min.)

A vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, from the agricultural issues we face — soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticide use — to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it. Sustainable is a film about the land, the people who work it and what must be done to sustain it for future generations.

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