Sustainability learning tips: What to read, watch and listen to this winter
In December 2021 we brought you all our best sustainability learning tips in our Holiday Calendar on our Instagram page. In case you missed anything, we have summarized the top picks in this blog post, so you can fill your winter days with inspiring learnings about sustainability. Here are our hottest recommendations of everything to watch, read and listen to in order to stay up-to-date with all things sustainability!
What to watch:
Before the flood documentary: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio goes on a journey as a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In this documentary, he travels to five different continents and the Arctic to witness the threat of climate change firsthand. Presented by National Geographic. DiCaprio meets with scientists and climate-forward politicians to learn the true state of things. He also uncovers a global disinformation campaign by powerful actors in order to confuse the public about the urgency of the climate crisis.
Farmers, Fighting the Global Crisis: Fairtrade International presents an unscripted documentary series following three farmers across the world. In this docu-series, you follow Roberto from Peru, Caroline from Kenya, and Ponisih from Indonesia, as they fight the global climate crisis. Roberto is a banana farmer who is trying to cope with rising production costs, while the global market price for bananas is falling. While traditionally only men were allowed to grow coffee, Caroline is breaking the norm as part of the Women in Coffee project, yet still struggles to fight against societal norms and the stigma of not having a child yet. Ponisih is a coconut sugar farmer who is trying to show the value of farm life to the younger generations, even through the struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Let the environment guide our development: Johan Rockström is a co-developer of the planetary boundaries framework. In this Ted Talk Rockstöm sets out how human growth has strained the earth's resources and we are at the point of reaching several of Earth’s planetary boundaries. There is hope, however – we have the science and technologies to change this. Rockström provides a solution to protecting the planet’s ecosystems by staying within these planetary boundaries. Rockström has even partnered with David Attenborough in the Netflix documentary Breaking Boundaries: The Science of our Planet where, together they explore the collapse of Earth’s biodiversity, and how we can avert this catastrophe.
What to read:
Net Positive by Paul Polman and Andrew Winston:“Runaway climate change and persistent inequality are ravaging the world and humanity. Who can help lead us to a better future? Business.” Advocates for sustainable capitalism,Polman and Winston outline how businesses can lead the way towards a better future, tackling issues such as pandemics, resource constraints, and shrinking biodiversity, that are threatening our very existence on the planet. This book sets out to explain that it is possible – and profitable – to do business while making the world a better place.
Let my people go surfingby Yvon Chouinard: Legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist and founder of Patagonia, Inc. Yvon Chouinard, shares the determination and courage behind being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. This is the inspiring memoir of a man who brought doing good into the heart of his business, creating a benchmark for sustainable capitalism. Follow his story from humble beginnings as the son of a French Canadian Blacksmith, to creating sustainable climbing gear with the help of his father’s tools, which turned into what is not Patagonia Inc.
What to listen to:
A sustainable mind: Noticing a lack of diversity in the field of sustainability, host and producer Marjorie Alexander aims to expand the conversation to include everyone, while also aiming to make this highly complex topic easy to understand for people who are not working within the field. This podcast presents inspiring chats with environmental change-makers; the minds behind today’s most impactful environmental campaigns, organizations and startups.
Outrage & Optimism: From former UN Chief Christiana Figueres and the team who brought you the Paris Agreement, Outrage & Optimism is about climate change and the accompanying issues and politics. This podcast aims to help you understand that we have the power to solve the problems of climate change.
How to Save a Planet: “Earthlings, we've got work to do.” Produced by Kendra Pierre-Louis, Rachel Waldholz and Anna Ladd, with additional support from Hannah Chinn, How to Save a Planet aims to challenge this notion that climate change, and all associated problems, policies and politics, can feel overwhelming, and instead tries to leave you feeling energized. They bring you smart, inspiring stories about the mess we're in and how we can get ourselves out of it.
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