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sustainability library
Here are a few of the sources of information that have inspired us to want to change to sustainable business success. The following animations, talks and documentaries contribute to our better understanding of the connections between business actions and detrimental environmental effects. Surprisingly, this was most smartly pointed out to me by the late comedian George Carlin, “Mother Earth will be here long after we’re gone.” In other words, our ecological ignorance (e.g. excessive burning of fossil fuels with resulting climate change, or carcinogenic plastics entering our food chain in the great pacific garbage patch) won’t kill planet earth, it will just kill the human race.
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Animations

  • Sustainability Explained Through Animation
    Sustainability Explained Through Animation

    Watch this short animated movie explaining sustainability created for RealEyes by Igloo Animations

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  • Story of Stuff
    Story of Stuff

    From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.

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  • 300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds
    300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds

    Fossil fuels have powered human growth and ingenuity for centuries. Now that we're reaching the end of cheap and abundant oil and coal supplies, we're in for an exciting ride.

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TED Talks

  • Carl Safina - The Oil Spill's Unseen Culprits, Victims
    Carl Safina - The Oil Spill's Unseen Culprits, Victims

    The Gulf oil spill dwarfs comprehension, but we know this much: it's bad. Carl Safina scrapes out the facts in this blood-boiling cross-examination, arguing that the consequences will stretch far beyond the Gulf -- and many so-called solutions are making the situation worse.

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  • James Hansen - Why I Must Speak Out About Climate Change
    James Hansen - Why I Must Speak Out About Climate Change

    Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change.

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  • Garth Lenz - The True Cost of Oil
    Garth Lenz - The True Cost of Oil

    What does environmental devastation actually look like? At TEDxVictoria, photographer Garth Lenz shares shocking photos of the Alberta Tar Sands mining project -- and the beautiful (and vital) ecosystems under threat.

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Frontline

  • Frontline - HEAT
    Frontline - HEAT

    A far-reaching investigation into America's energy landscape and what can be done to save our planet - and what it will take.

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  • Frontline - Poisoned Waters
    Frontline - Poisoned Waters

    Investigating the dangerous new wave of pollutants entering our waterways and drinking water - and who's responsible.

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  •  Show Frontline - Climate of Doubt
    Show Frontline - Climate of Doubt

    Four years ago, climate change was a hot issue and politicians from both sides seemed poised to act. Today public opinion on the climate issue has cooled considerably. Politicians either ignore it or proclaim their skepticism.

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Solutions

  • Janine Benyus - Biomimicry in action
    Janine Benyus - Biomimicry in action

    Janine Benyus has a message for inventors: When solving a design problem, look to nature first. There you’ll find inspired designs for making things waterproof, aerodynamic, solar-powered and more. Here she reveals dozens of new products that take their cue from nature with spectacular results.

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  • Reinventing Fire
    Reinventing Fire

    Energy-related economic, security, and environmental threats are intensifying the national conversation about how to regain energy leadership and competitiveness, restore jobs and prosperity, and build a secure and climate-safe energy system.

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Articles & Blogs

  • Time to Leave GDP Behind
    Time to Leave GDP Behind

    Gross domestic product is a misleading measure of national success. Countries should act now to embrace new metrics, urge Robert Costanza and colleagues.

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  • A Transparent Market Means Rethinking the Ways Brands Advertise
    A Transparent Market Means Rethinking the Ways Brands Advertise

    In the transparent marketplace it's what you do, not what you say, that makes the difference, and that's good for sustainability

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  • The Minimalists
    The Minimalists

    Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 2 million readers. They live in Montana by way of Dayton, Ohio. As featured on: CBS, ABC, NPR, USA Today, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Toronto Star.

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LINKS OF INTEREST

Blog entry: A transparent market means rethinking the ways brands advertise
Blog: The Minimalists