Environment

Can be used to supplement reading materials and class lectures in courses such as environmental communication. Bridie McGreavy contributed to this list.

Video

  • The Farm:
    A visual poem that reinscribes the American consensus narrative of small-town pastoral independent farming as distinctly virtuous. Contains linguistic and visual depictions of the sublime and reflections on creativity and nature as process.
  • Hang Son Doong:
    A cinematic exploration of the world’s biggest cave. Combines drone footage with fixed perspectives of a spelunking party. Pairs well with this transmedia piece from National Geographic.
  • OVERVIEW:
    A short film on the affect inspired by the famous Blue Marble photograph and similar humanistic visualizations of Earth.
  • To Scale: The Solar System:
    From Vimeo description: “On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe.” Pairs well with Josh Worth’s Scale of the Solar System or Cary & Michael Huang’s The Scale of the Universe 2.
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson's "Most Astounding Fact":
    A cinematic interpretation of a moment when Tyson articulated a particularly ecological cosmology.
  • Ocean Drifters:
    From Vimeo description: "Drawing upon Richard Kirby's plankton imagery, Ocean Drifters reveals how the plankton have shaped life on Earth and continue to influence our lives in ways that most of us never imagine." Also visit the website oceandrifters.org

Audio

  • The Rhino Hunter:
    Episode of the Radiolab podcast that explores the perceived incompatibilities between conservationist and preservationist approaches to the environment. Many other fitting episodes can be found in Radiolab’s archives.
  • From Tree to Shining Tree:
    Another Radiolab episode in which relationality is explored in the context of coupled tree-fungal systems. Begs for connection to Kohn's How Forests Think.

Writing

  • A Place in Mind:
    A short, lovely musing by writer and explorer Todd Cheney on the history and experience of a place in Maine’s woods.