Top Green TV Shows: Environmental Issues on Television

It wasn’t that long ago that environmental programming was a rarity on television. Aside from the occasional conservation program or nature documentary, the majority of TV was composed of cop dramas, sports, sitcoms and game shows.

Actually, that’s still the case today, but the large number of channels means there is also room for more diverse shows. Programming executives have noticed the increased desire to see environmental issues hit the airwaves. Whole cable networks have been based on environmental programming and already-existing channels have increased their attention to the environment. Children’s programming, in that regard, has come a long way. Take a look at our picks of the best green TV shows out there.

Top Green TV Shows for Adults & Teens 

Top Green TV Shows
Wild Chronicles on PBS

Wild Chronicles (PBS) – This National Geographic-produced show features host Boyd Matson, as he travels the world reporting on nature, environmental concerns and science. Continue reading “Top Green TV Shows: Environmental Issues on Television”

16 Green Movies and Documentaries to Watch

Are you an environmentalist and a film buff? Or a parent or teacher wanting to broach the subject of environmental problems such as pollution or deforestation? There are a lot of environmental movies out there. Here are 16 of the best green movies:

Top Green Movies
An Inconvenient Truth

Environmental Movies for Grownups

Gorillas in the Mist (1988) – Sigourney Weaver stars in this biopic about naturalist Dian Fossey. Fossey studied the endangered mountain gorillas of Rwanda. While immersed in her studies, Fossey discovers the tragic toll that poaching is taking.

Erin Brockovich (2000) – This is an underdog story about Erin Brockovitch, a real-life legal clerk and activist who takes on Pacific Gas and Electric, a large power company that had contaminated groundwater in a small California town. Brockovitch is portrayed by Julia Roberts, who received a Best Actress Oscar for her performance. Continue reading “16 Green Movies and Documentaries to Watch”

Whole Foods video contest

If you have a video camera, an exhibitionist streak, and a desire the change the world, Whole Foods wants you! The natural and organic food superstore is hunting for 6 members of the “Earth Generation” (anyone born between 1991 and 1995) to voice their opinions about where the future lies for sustainable consumption.

Good luck!

Supporting recycling by buying products like 100 percent post consumer recycled paper

Recycling is one of the environmental success stories of the last couple of decades.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, recycling and composting kept 82 million tons of material out of landfills and incinerators in 2006. That’s up from just 34 million tons in 1990.

In 2006, there were more than 8,000 curbside collection programs around the United States, which served about half of the US population. These curbside programs, along with drop-off and buy-back centers, kept about 32 percent of the nation’s solid waste in 2005 out of a landfill.

But there’s more to recycling! Besides just recycling your own waste, you should take it a step further and start buying things that are made from recycled materials to help close the loop.

Here’s one small example of buying a recycled product instead of something made from new materials.

At my workplace, Clean Air Gardening we’re using 100 percent post consumer recycled office paper. It is actually more expensive than regular paper, but we don’t mind the extra expense, because we think it’s important.

“Post consumer” means something that was used by consumers or businesses and would otherwise be discarded as waste. It isn’t just excess or damaged materials during the manufacturing process that have been reused.

You can also buy paper that has a lower percentage of recycled content like 20 or 30 percent, if you are looking for a less expensive option.

So, are you using recycled paper at your home or office?

If not, you should be! It’s small steps like this that really start to
add up and make a difference.

Next time you buy paper, ask for recycled!