Typically film sequels only instigate eye-rolls from moviegoers, but I solemnly swear that “Gasland Part II” is worth viewing. The prequel “Gasland” invited viewers to join filmmaker Josh Fox as he educated himself about the natural gas industry’s hydraulic fracturing (fracking) method of gas extraction – and in the process, he exposed the environmental repercussions associated with it. In the follow-up film, Fox drills into the gas industry again by documenting how natural gas companies are taking advantage of property owners, threatening and propelling them into financial ruins. Continue reading
Just Kidding!…well, kinda.
My name is Max Lippitt, I am a Junior at Michigan State University, and I live about an hour south of the school in a town called Bloomfield Hills. I used to be a Finance major, but then this summer I led a two month long hiking trip out west for a group 10th graders, and had a realization that I hated finance and instead wanted to do something with the environment. So as soon as I got home, I changed my major from Finance to Economics and Environmental Sustainability. My goal is to help business become more profitable while becoming more environmentally friendly.
I am OBSESSED with movies, in another life I will go to film school. I play tennis and racquetball, and frequent the local concert scene around Detroit. I also have been cooking my whole life and I was lucky enough to work as a chef at a local restaurant last year. The food here is so good, I love it.
Ever since I knew what Studying Abroad was, I wanted to do it. My parents have been coming to Italy my entire life on vacations (while leaving my brother and I at home), so I was pretty familiar with the country and decided Rome was the place to be. The two weeks I have been here and been two of the most fun, eventful, exciting, weeks of my entire life, and I cannot wait to see what the next 12(?) bring me…
Water is considered a colorless, transparent, odorless, and tasteless liquid. This being said it could be considered the most valuable substance to a human. Water is used for cooking, cleaning, drinking, and so much more! Knowing how important water is to humans it is crazy to think that in places such as the campamentos (informal communities) of Santiago, Chile water is unbelievable hard to attain and considered a luxury! Men, women, and children of all ages have to carry large buckets of water far distances just to get water for basic needs! This does not only take a huge amount of strength but also time and energy.
The “Safe Agua Water System” project is very realistic as well effective in promoting positive social change. Faculty and students at the Design Matters Program at the Art Center College of Design teamed together with Chilean NGO Un Techo para Mi País to create a safe water system that allows thousands of people to easily attain water for their homes! Continue reading
EcoChic Fashions is a collective that encourages designers to use eco-friendly materials in creating their clothing. It was founded in Hong Kong by Greener 2 Greener, (http://www.green2greener.com/) an initiative that promotes sustainable living. Their main goal is to put designers and fashion houses in contact with textile makers that work with sustainable materials. In order to spread the message EcoChic hosts sustainable fashion shows annually in both Europe and Asia. They give people an opportunity to see that wearing sustainable fabrics is just as fashionable as anything!
If you want to learn more you can visit the EcoChic Fashions website at http://www.ecochicfashions.com/index.html
After seeing this documentary in 2009 when it came out in theaters, I can honestly say I have never thought of food in the same way. The film covers the topic of corporate farming in America and all the secrets within this huge powerful monopoly. Every aspect of the agricultural business is examined and it contains amazing footage of the truth behind what we see on store shelves. I’ve seen many different types of food investigation videos but this film just really stuck with me.