Education

One thing I have been trying to do is educate myself about environmental issues, conservation and related topics via documentaries.
As a beginner/ amateur gardener I also like to learn about different ways of gardening and find that permaculture is something that I really like however I still don’t know very much about the system but I endeavour to learn more.

Films:

  1. King Corn a 2007 documentary film released in October 2007 following college friends Ian Cheney and Curtis Ellis (directed by Aaron Woolf) as they move from Boston to Greene, Iowa to grow and farm an acre of corn. In the process, Cheney and Ellis examine the role that the increasing production of corn has had for American society, spotlighting the role of government subsidies in encouraging the huge amount of corn grown.
  2. Dirt! The movie  The film explores the relationship between humans and soil, including its necessity for human life and impacts by society.
  3. Food Inc. The film examines corporate farmingin the United States, concluding that agribusiness produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees
  4. The Cove analyzes and questions Japan’s dolphin hunting culture.
  5. Gasland was inspired by the desire to explore the dangers of gas drilling when the director was offered money to drill at his property in Pennsylvania. Gasland documents severe health and environmental consequences of hydraulic fracturing
  6. At the Edge of the World is a 2009 documentary which chronicles the efforts of animal rights activist Paul Watson and 45 other volunteers, who set out in two Sea Shepherd ships to hinder the Japanese whaling fleet in the waters around Antarctica.
  7. Into Eternity  It follows the construction of the Onkalo waste repository at the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant on the island of Olkiluoto, Finland. Director Michael Madsen questions Onkalo’s intended eternal existence, addressing an audience in the remote future.
  8. The End of the Line: The World Without Fish  The film examines the threatening extinction of the bluefin tuna, caused by increasing demand for sushi; the impact on populations, marine life and climate resulting from an imbalance in marine populations; and the starvation and hunger in coastal populations, caused by the possible extinction of fish in some waters, the possible loss of livelihoods as experienced in Newfoundland following the collapse of the cod population, along with the potential remedies.
  9. If a Tree Falls: a story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) explores the origins, motives, and organization of the Earth Liberation Front and Eco-terrorism in general. Additionally, it explains how the Department of Justice was able to find and arrest Daniel McGowan and his co-conspirators in a nationwide sweep in December 2005 and raises questions as to whether or not they deserved to be sentenced as “terrorists.”

TV:

BBC’s Victorian FarmEdwardian Farm and Wartime Farm series  The farming team consists of historian Ruth Goodman, and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn.
Many episodes are on Youtube.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage series after moving into River Cottage, a former game-keeper’s lodge on the grounds of Slape Manor in Netherbury, Dorset, UK, which he had previously used as a weekend and holiday home. The lodge became the setting for three Channel 4 series: Escape to River CottageReturn to River Cottage and River Cottage Forever.

Costa’s Garden Odyssey is an Australian television gardening program hosted by landscape architect Costa Georgiadis.

Books:
In English:

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Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway

Swedish:

Köksträdgården  av Lena Israelsson, ett måste för varje fritidsodlare. Min favorit bok om  köksträdgården.

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TED talks:

4 thoughts on “Education

  1. i LOVE Into Eternity – one of my favourite films – beautiful and fascinating. as an archivist, i find it particularly interesting – how do we record and notate our past in order to make the planet’s distant future people safe?

    • I thought it was a great film as well because it doesnt just focus on the horrible environmental
      problems caused by nuclear waste but that it also as you said how do you communicate the
      dangers of the waste to people in the future and will they just think its a hoax like
      Egypt and the pyramids. I also find it sad that the governments of the world can work together
      to create basically a big dump area for their rubbish but not to solve other issues that are also important.

      • I think they obviously needed to do something but how bout they also talk about worldwide food shortages, or other things while they are at it.. However the cynic in me thinks that its because nuclear energy is such a big money maker and food shortages aren’t, so no one is willing to fix it because it doesnt help them in anyway….

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