I was trying to explain what electricity was to our daughter and thought of the old Schoolhouse Rock videos. We watched a whole bunch of the Schoolhouse Rocks videos, including “Electricity”, “Three is a Magic Number” and “Conjunction Junction”. However, I thought the best one was “The Energy Blues,” where the earth sings all about the history of energy and how and why we should conserve it.
Our daughter, who loves singing and music, quickly caught on to the tunes and was humming them. I think the songs and videos were pretty effective at explaining pretty complex issues to her in a fairly simple way that is easily remembered because it is set to a cartoon and song.
Apparently, in 2009, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released a Schoolhouse Rock: Earth DVD with ten new Schoolhouse Rock songs about water conservation, recycling and biodiversity. However, the reviews on it are mixed, so you will have to decide for yourself whether it is worth watching.
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I came across a great video recently. I think it is a must-watch for all of those interested in fighting global warming or those simply interested to know how all of the “stuff” in our daily lives comes to be and what kind of impact its creation and disposal has on the planet.
The video is called “The Story of Stuff”. I think it is so well done and fascinating, I have already watched it twice. Once you view it, let me know what you think!
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I titled this post Food Inc for two reasons:
- It is the title of the documentary film that was a major factor in prompting us to expand our green living efforts.
- It is really an accurate description of the current state of food production in the United States
Before the Industrial Revolution, and even for a while afterward, most food was grown on family farms in an organic manner and was consumed relatively local to where it was grown. Now, however, most food is grown by huge food corporations, is awash in pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals and is transported all over the globe to be consumed. Read more on Food Inc…
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