This is a list of films and videos that cover relevant environmental issues. Some of them show how faith communities have responded to environmental degradation, while others are oriented around the question: “how can I make a difference?” Several come with guides for discussion. We’ve included links for streaming the videos and downloading the related materials (most of which are free), where possible.
An Inconvenient Truth (2006), 100 minutes. This Academy Award-winning documentary follows Al Gore’s campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide. The film is currently streaming on Netflix (subscription required) and DVDs are widely available.
Easy Energy. This video series from Michigan IPL and EcoWorks (formerly known as WARM Training Center) introduces simple, low-cost measures you can take to reduce your energy usage. While the videos are about home energy efficiency, most of the tips can be easily adapted by congregations for their houses of worship. Scroll down this page for the links to each chapter.
Eating Mercifully (2008), 26 minutes. This documentary explores Christian perspectives on factory farming. It features faith leaders speaking about how their faith informs their attitudes about the treatment of animals and their dietary choices. To see the trailer, order a free DVD, and download resources for discussion, visit the Humane Society’s website.
Is God Green? (2006), 60 minutes. This documentary from PBS’s Bill Moyers on America series profiles three evangelical Christian communities that have taken on care of the environment as a moral and biblical obligation, despite the fact that many of their brothers and sisters in the faith disagree with their stance. Free streaming here: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/moyersonamerica/green/
Kilowatt Ours (2008), 56 minutes. Filmmaker Jeff Barrie offers hope as he turns the camera on himself and asks, “How can I make a difference?” This award-winning documentary begins by exploring the source of our electricity and the problems caused by conventional energy production, and then introduces us to businesses, organizations, and communities who are finding ways to conserve energy and develop green alternatives. Free streaming and companion educational materials at: www.kilowattours.org
Renewal (2008), 90 minutes. This feature-length documentary looks the vitality and diversity of religious-environmental activists in the U.S. today. Its companion website also contains tools for faith leaders and offers tips for organizing screenings. Available here: http://renewalproject.net/dvd
The Story of Stuff (2007), 20 minutes. This short film gives a fast-paced, informative look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. It is entertaining, accessible, and illustrated with cartoons for adults and youth ages 11 and up. Free streaming and companion educational materials at: www.storyofstuff.com/
The Easy Energy series, produced by Michigan IPL and EcoWorks (formerly WARM Training Center), is an introduction to energy savings. The series focuses on changes you can make at home, but many of the strategies can easily be applied to houses of worship as well.
Easy Energy: Introduction (5:19)
- Easy Energy: Occupant Behavior (9:58)
- Easy Energy: Lighting and Appliances (8:05)
- Easy Energy: Heating and Hot water (6:35)
- Easy Energy: The House Shell (10:01)
- Easy Energy: Transportation (5:49)