A Viewer's Guide

Some Favorite Web Videos About Climate Change (Pt. 1)

The Web, no surprise, is both a gold mine and a mine field of videos dealing with climate change. Here’s an initial “Top 10″ listing of our favorites, a list that will grow over time with – or without – reader suggestions and comments. We prefer the former, so let us know your favorite online climate change videos.


THE BASICS


Global warming 101 – National Geographic (3:04)

No one familiar with Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” will be surprised by the content of this video. But it is a good introduction to global warming, explaining in simple, non-scary terms why climate change is happening and what individuals can do about it.


The pale blue dot – YouTube (3:31)

The late Cornell University astronomer and author Carl Sagan waxes eloquent. Those admiring his rhetoric and intonations will swoon. Sagan here reads from his inspirational 1994 book, “Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space.”

“Look again at that dot,” he says. “That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.”

Looking for a dramatic way to close out a PowerPoint presentation? Try this one.


Thinning Arctic sea ice alarms experts – The Guardian (2:04)

An animation shows the decline of Arctic sea ice during 30 years.

Watch it here.


THE PERSONAL


Vampire energy – GOOD (3:22)

This video from GOOD Magazine is a humorous look at a simple way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.


Climate change hits home: Georgia – LinkTV (1:59)

Climate change is happening now, and it’s affecting Americans across the country and in their own back yards. LinkTV’s new series showcases weather extremes – such as severe flooding in Georgia and wildfires in California – that new science shows is consistent with global warming, even if not necessarily shown to be a cause-and-effect result of it.


Moving to higher ground – Powering A Nation.org (4:38)

Climate change is melting the permafrost beneath the coastal Alaskan village of Newtok. The villagers hope to remain together as they relocate the community to higher ground. (Editor’s Note: Full disclosure: The author of this piece participated in the project that produced this video. But take a look, and see if you affirm her judgment!)

Watch it here.


THE POLITICAL AND POLICY


Hot Politics – PBS (55:32)

This “Frontline” program is a breathtaking, thoroughly reported investigation of why the U.S. federal government failed to act on climate change during the past two decades.

Watch it here.


Heat – PBS (116 minutes)

“Frontline” here investigates the scale of the climate change problem and political and economic resistance to taking action.


The Most Terrifying Video You’ll Ever See – YouTube (9:33)

Oregon-based high school science teacher Greg Craven explains his argument for taking action on climate change. More logical than terrifying, the video has received more than 2.5 million views on YouTube. It’s a prime example of how the Web can amplify the impact of a no-frills/no makeup, clearly stated and heart-felt message.


Blue Man Group on Global Warming – YouTube (1:49)

This hip video featuring the Blue Man Group uses catchy audio and visual effects to communicate a powerful political message.


We’ll plan to update this listing periodically. Do you want to suggest a favorite climate video to add to the collection? Let us know. Contact Sara Peach at sara@yaleclimatemediaforum.org .

Sara Peach

Sara Peach, an environmental journalist, teaches environmental journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a regular contributor to The Yale Forum. (E-mail: sara@yaleclimatemediaforum.org, Twitter: @sarapeach)
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3 Responses to Some Favorite Web Videos About Climate Change (Pt. 1)

  1. dabulper says:

    The best video about hidden interest in denial of climatic change that I had found is:
    The American Denial of Global Warming (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T4UF_Rmlio)
    Who is before that strategy and which are their objectives. Revealing.

  2. d. kubler says:

    “The most terrifying video ..” it is terrifying that anyone could call lottery ticket A logical. The result of “A” is ALWAYS terrible cost and global depression. Money spent is money spent no matter how noble or foolish the cause. Lottery ticket B is the proper choice. Life goes on nicely or you have resources in reserve to fight the “dire effects” of warming. —-
    I pray that Yale scientists are not so “logical”.

  3. sdcougar says:

    The “Terrifying Video”- great, and an even more superb version is on u tube…the one where his alter-ego talks back! Love it!

    Now- his critical error: 4 boxes:
    A)Big $’s/Depression B)No $/No problem
    C)Big $/Save our Bacon D)No $/Catastrophe

    IF D true, need to save $ from A for Adaptaton, because C will do nothing:
    Dr. Richard Lindzen of MIT, served on IPCC: “”One of the things the scientific community is pretty agreed on is those things [carbon caps] will have virtually no impact on climate no matter what the models say. So the question is do you spend trillions of dollars to have no impact? And that seems like a no brainer.”

    Dr. John R. Christy, a lead author on the IPCC, Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama–Huntsville: [comments from debate on 11 Feb., 2009]: –Our ignorance about the climate system is enormous, and policy makers need to know that. This is an extremely complex system, and thinking we can control it is hubris. [THIS is the most important fact of the whole issue.]