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.
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.
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!)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .