Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Tomorrow, 24-Feb, The 11th Environmental Documentary Series is presenting: Modern Nature and Sprayed

Tomorrow, 24-Feb, The 11th Environmental Documentary Series will show: Modern Nature and Sprayed, 87 minutes: https://www.futurehistoryfilms.com/documentaries

About the films: Modern Nature: Do we need a genetic revolution and biotechnological solutions to feed 10 billion people by 2050? Or is organic farming the answer? The viewer decides. Sprayed: As Miami residents worry about being sprayed with chemicals in the War on Zika, a journey to Brazil and Vietnam reveals new insights. Perspectives of doctors, scientists, and politicians are balanced with voices of ordinary citizens and victims to explore concerns about the potential consequences of disease control.

SPRAYED - a documentary by Craig Leon (Trailer) from Craig Leon on Vimeo.

The films will be provided for free by the film maker Craig Leon, who will be attending the screening. We will connect at 6:30 PM via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83391076365?pwd=djZQa3hvQklncDlTdTdjbnBPdDcxdz09) and everybody will start the films soon after. After the films we will hold a discussion on Zoom with the film maker Craig Leon.
Schedule: Environmental Documentaries - SHU Sustainability

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Environmental Documentaries - SHU Sustainability: Tomorrow, 17-Feb, The 11th Environmental Documentary Series will show: Watson

Tomorrow, 17-Feb, The 11th Environmental Documentary Series will show: Watson, 100:14 minutes: 


About the film: Captain Watson and his crews have confronted whaling vessels from Europe to the Southern Ocean, seal hunters in Canada, and shark finners in Central America. WATSON blends revealing contemporary interviews with Captain Watson, archival clips of Sea Shepherd’s dramatic encounters, and spectacular underwater nature footage, as award-winning documentarian Lesley Chilcott (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for “Superman”) paints a fascinating portrait of a man willing to put his own life at risk in a relentless quest to protect the oceans and the marine life within.

Attendees will have to provide themselves for the film which is available for $2.99 e.g. on AmazoniTunes. We will connect at 6:30 PM via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83391076365?pwd=djZQa3hvQklncDlTdTdjbnBPdDcxdz09) and everybody will start the film soon after. After the film we will hold a discussion on Zoom.
Full schedule for this semester: Environmental Documentaries - SHU Sustainability

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Tomorrow, 10-Feb, The 11th Environmental Documentary Series will show: Mossville: When Great Trees Fall

Tomorrow, 10-Feb, The 11th Environmental Documentary Series will show: Mossville: When Great Trees Fall, 76:16 minutes: http://www.mossvilleproject.com/

About the film: Mossville, Louisiana: A once-thriving community founded by formerly enslaved and free people of color, and an economically flourishing safe haven for generations of African American families. Today it’s a breeding ground for petrochemical plants and their toxic black clouds.  Many residents are forced from their homes, and those that stay suffer from prolonged exposure to contamination and pollution. Amid this chaos and injustice stands one man who refuses to abandon his family’s land - and his community.

Attendees will have to provide themselves for the film which is available for $3.99 e.g. on AmazoniTunesGoogle Play. We will connect at 6:30 PM via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83391076365?pwd=djZQa3hvQklncDlTdTdjbnBPdDcxdz09) and everybody will start the film soon after. After the film we will hold a discussion on Zoom.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Tomorrow, 3-Feb, The 11th Environmental Documentary Series will show: The Social Dilemma

Tomorrow, 3-Feb, The 11th Environmental Documentary Series will show: The Social Dilemma, 94:30 minutes: https://www.thesocialdilemma.com

About the film: Never before have a handful of tech designers had such control over the way billions of us think, act, and live our lives. The technology that connects us – Also manipulates us, Also polarizes us, Also distracts us, Also monetizes us, Also divides us, Also controls us.

Attendees will have to provide themselves for the film which is available on Netflix. We will connect at 6:30 PM via Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83391076365?pwd=djZQa3hvQklncDlTdTdjbnBPdDcxdz09 and everybody will start the film soon after. After the film we will hold a discussion on Zoom.

Full schedule: https://sustainability.sienaheights.edu/environmental-documentaries.html

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Tomorrow, 27-Jan, The 11th Environmental Documentary Series will show: The Story of Plastic

 Tomorrow, 27-Jan, The 11th Environmental Documentary Series will show: The Story of Plastic, 83:49 minutes: https://www.storyofplastic.org 

Attendees will have to provide themselves for the film but it is available for little money: Amazon $2.99 also on Apple TV, Xfinity video-on-demand. We will connect at 6:30 PM via Zoom (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83391076365?pwd=djZQa3hvQklncDlTdTdjbnBPdDcxdz09) and everybody will start the film soon after. After the film we will hold a discussion on Zoom.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Environmental Documentaries - SHU Sustainability showing Entangled

20-Jan Entangled, runtime 75:07 Topics: Species extinction, oceans, policy
Vimeo free access link will be provided at 6:30 PM via Zoom
David Abel, filmmaker and Boston Globe reporter will attend the discussion

ENTANGLED is an award-winning, feature-length film about how climate change has accelerated a collision between the nation’s most valuable fishery, one of the world's most endangered species, and a federal agency mandated to protect both. The film chronicles the efforts to protect North Atlantic right whales from extinction, the impacts of those efforts on the lobster industry, and how the National Marine Fisheries Service has struggled to balance the vying interests. Entangled, from the makers of Lobster War and Sacred Cod, won a 2020 Jackson Wild award, known as the Oscars of nature films. It also won Best Conservation Film at the Mystic Film Festival.















Thursday, January 14, 2021

Step up climate change adaptation or face serious human and economic damage – UN report

  • Almost three-quarters of nations have some adaptation plans in place, but financing and implementation fall far short of what is needed
  • Annual adaptation costs in developing countries are estimated at USD 70 billion. This figure is expected to reach USD 140-300 billion in 2030 and USD 280-500 billion in 2050.
  • Nature-based solutions, critical for adaptation, need to receive more attention
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Nairobi, 14 January 2021 – As temperatures rise and climate change impacts intensify, nations must urgently step up action to adapt to the new climate reality or face serious costs, damages and losses, a new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report finds.
Adaptation – reducing countries’ and communities’ vulnerability to climate change by increasing their ability to absorb impacts – is a key pillar of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The agreement requires its signatories to implement adaptation measures through national plans, climate information systems, early warning, protective measures and investments in a green future.
The UNEP Adaptation Gap Report 2020 finds that while nations have advanced in planning, huge gaps remain in finance for developing countries and bringing adaptation projects to the stage where they bring real protection against climate impacts such as droughts, floods and sea-level rise.
Public and private finance for adaptation must be stepped up urgently, along with faster implementation. Nature-based solutions – locally appropriate actions that address societal challenges, such as climate change, and provide human well-being and biodiversity benefits by protecting, sustainably managing and restoring natural or modified ecosystems – must also become a priority.
Continue reading at: Step up climate change adaptation or face serious human and economic damage – UN report

Details about Recycling in Adrian provided by Stevens Disposal & Recycling Service, Inc.

I asked our local recycling provider Stevens Disposal & Recycling Service, Inc. for clarification about the recycling of plastics 1 and 2 and how they deal with plastics 3-7 that should not be included into their recycling bins but probably ends there quite often. I also inquired about glass that should also not be included into the Stevens' residential recycling collection but most probably also ends up in the totes:

Q: As I am diligently separating type 1 and 2 plastics from other types and bring those plastics and my glass bottles to the county recycling center, I am wondering how many of the 600 subscribing residents in Adrian do this – and how much contaminated recycling you must get. Judging for myself, I did not know about these changes through direct communication by your company – or through the Daily Telegram and only heard of it when I contacted you – it is on the online flyer – but how many customers will actively look for them. So I am sure you get a lot of contamination – can you assure me that you can still recycle paper and cardboard although you probably get a lot of contamination by glass shreds – and that you can effectively recycle metals and type 1 and 2 plastics - due to an effective manual or automatic sorting process? Also, do you recycle plastics 1 and 2 via Clean Tech in Dundee, who does bottle recycling of these valuable resources?
A: Stevens Disposal & Recycling Service, Inc.'s single stream recycling is taken directly to the recycling centers from route.  They are currently using Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority and Hamtramck Recycling. Loads from commercial cardboard only dumpsters are taken directly to Gateway Recycling.

I inquired with both residential recycling centers that Stevens serves, but only Marc Williams, the manager of the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority responded. Below are his responses:

Q: How do you recycle plastics 1 and 2? A: WWRA sorts the commingled plastic into three different types HDPE NAT, HDPE MC AND PET. (these are the most common 1&2) we send it to cleanTech in Dundee MI.

Q: Are these plastics physically recycled (bottle to bottle) or liquified? A: Once at Cleantech the plastic is washed shredded then melted back into pellets and used in making new bottles like Absopure and Tide, Another use is clothing like North Face and Patagonia.

Q: What happens to plastics 3-7? A: 3-7 plastic has become much more difficult to move in the recent years.  Most of the time we have to pay to make sure this commodity is recycled. It becomes very expensive once you add in labor trucking etc..

Q: What about glass? A: Our system isn't set up to have glass meet the quality that is needed to have put back to market.  We have drop off stations located on our webpage that accept glass. This glass separate from the Single-Stream can meet the standard required for further processing. This year alone we recycled 241 tons by this collection method. The glass that is mixed with our Single-Stream is crushed as it goes through our sorting system and ejects from the recyclable along with anything else that is smaller than 1.5 inches . All that material  consequently goes to a landfill. This system removes the glass from the paper and cardboard making them still recyclable. 

In most cases of contamination WWRA would prefer for it to be disposed of with the trash.