The internet has made accessible vast quantities of faith-based environmental inspiration, yet at times the volume can be overwhelming. We’ve pinpointed a few excellent faith-based eco-movies, YouTube clips, web sites and faith-based environmental organizations to enhance your environmental education.
Web-based eco-films & YouTube clips
- Bishop Eugene Sutton’s YouTube clip on the significance of the environmental sustainability in fulfilling our commandment of loving one another.
- PBS’ Moyers on America: Is God Green? Insightful analysis of the internal environmental debate among conservative evangelical Christians.
- On Faith & Fracking: An interfaith 10-minute presentation on the connection between our faith and the spiritual role of water and the potential harm caused by fracking. Hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a fracking, is a controversial new drilling method used to harvest natural gas. This video complements the Gasland 1 & 2 movies.
Hosting an environmental screening affords congregations deeper education about specific issues and also provides a springboard to discussions, classes, in-house presentations or book groups about the topic.
Interfaith Power & Light’s Eco Film Library offers a rich selection of movies to share with your congregation. Rentals are free.
Movie Topic: Climate Change:
- Chasing Ice – Photographic documenting of glacier retreat in Greenland, Alaska & Montana.
- Inconvenient Truth – Al Gore’s 2006 documentary outlining global warming’s consequences.
- Sun Come Up: Carteret Islanders losing homes due to rising seas.
- Scarred Land and Wounded Lives: the Environmental Footprint of War.
Movie topic: Fracking and fossil fuel extraction:
- Gasland 1 & 2: Outlines fracking and its harmful impacts to air, water,land and people.
- Triple Divide: Beautifully-filmed documentary about fracking in PA’s Potter County.
- Do the Math – 350.org’s fossil fuels math required to keep global temperature rise to 2 ˚C.
Movie topics: Consumerism & Daily Living:
- Bag It: Award-winning movie (short and long version) Is your life too plastic?
- The Majestic Plastic Bag Mockumentary – 4 funny, effective mins about Pacific Garbage Patch.
- Trashed: Documentary about US trash business and its impacts on people and places.
- Dirt, The Movie. Movie about the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet.
- The Story of Stuff: 20 minutes on how we make, use, buy and trash the stuff in our daily lives.
- The Story of Bottled Water: Eight short minutes and you’ll never look at bottled water the same.