Each week in our e-newsletter, we share the art, media, campaigns, and information that inspires us at the Alliance in our work for Sustainability, Health, Equity and Kindness. We hope you enjoy these recommendations below. You can find a full archive of our newsletters with more written about these recommendations on our blog page under the Newsletters category.
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Skin of Dust
By James Lenfestey
rising up snow-capped and drifting,
I see her skin of dust.
it takes to pass over, I can believe
in the curvature below, that it is
natural, growing and sloughing
as it always has, like the old reptiles.
ONCE WE WERE PREY
By James Lenfestey
By Roslye Ultan
Good afternoon from the lake
Submitted by Cary Richman
Bihar by Ruben Orozco
Spectras by Kate Casanova
Sculputre by Uri Eliaz
Yamima (“Sea Mother” in Hebrew) by Tina Spiro
May Good Spirits Guide Us
By Louis Alemayehu
Artist, activist, and multi-cultural spiritual elder
the wild geese call out while leaving
above the bare arms of trees
the warmth is dying in the air
arising like ghost from the chilled waters.
scratch toward the sky.
Abruptly the song of darkening days falls upon the land
and the last echo of some voice wanders off
and dies in the distance…
Read the poem.
Midnight Walk in the Rain
In the City There is No Night
The cloudy skies glow, an aftershock to the nuclear explosion of waking.
in a mock day dream.
Time unwinds into
entwining lives into cars, bedsheets, music, work, silence-
without the cacophony of daylight.
The cloudless skies offer no
secrets, starless its jaws
open and the world falls
tumbling into its belly.
and death in the unknown Linger.
Where we cannot see.
What to Watch
After watching this Netflix documentary, you'll never see our oceans, the seafood industry, the fish shrimp and other seafood products you may eat, our governments, and even nonprofit" dolphin safe" and "sustainable seafood" labels the same again.
This powerful, just-released Amazon Prime 10-part American historical drama by Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins explores the violent roots of racism and imagines an alternate history where the escape route for slaves is a literal underground network of train tunnels.
Some environmental documentaries are heavy on problems and light on solutions, but Tomorrow is an upbeat, globetrotting search for everyday sustainability innovators, urban gardeners and renewable energy enthusiasts. Available on streaming services and their website.
A new six-part investigative documentary series from BET "about the recurring injustice black people face in America and how we can rally our community to affect positive change."
Check out the Alliance TC's one hour 20 minute video, featuring our very first intern, Sam Grant, now head of MN350.org and former Board member Robert Blake. Envisioned by the Climate Justice Alliance, Just Transition is a framework focused on building economic and political power to shift from an extractive economy to a regenerative one.
Watch this 38 minute documentary to learn more about the efforts behind stopping Line Three and the ambitious undertaking to stop fossil fuel expansion and encourage real energy security.
Check out the Netflix Docuseries "Dirty Money", season 2, episode 4: Dirty Gold. Behind the huge quantities of gold flowing into the United States each year lies a tangled web of money laundering, illegal mining and environmental destruction.
A 2020 Netflix Documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson and featuring many more big names from the entertainment industry. It explores the"new, old approach" of regenerative agriculture and its interconnected solutions to the problems raised by the planet's water supply and climate change.
Huynh has powerful messages about equality, climate change and her Vietnamese identity, as well as the importance of uplifting the voices of others. The 19 year old is a rising freshman at Stanford where she'll be studying engineering because she wants to create a world of sustainability from the ground up.
Enjoy this fun, impromptu 17 minute interview of AlliancePresident Terry Gips by colorful Misha Estrin for his show,You Gotta Meet Misha broadcast, discussing the latest developments with sustainability and the Alliance.
Creative, compelling, haunting and harrowing. A depiction of reversed roles in which humanity is at stake in the all too familiar precarious world of affluenza, environmental destruction and climate change.
Netflix's Headspace Guide to Meditation offers 20 minute episodes that explain and examine the benefits of meditation and specific ways you can jump start a practice tailored to your specific needs, presented in amazing animation.
A two-hour PBS special report from 2001 on how chemical companies have collaborated to keep from American workers and the American public the full truth about the impact of chemicals on health and safety.
Forks over Knives examines the personal health benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet as a means to mitigate and reverse health complications and disease. It exposes industry ties to food science and healthcare while relying on data-driven facts for easy life changes you can make today.
This weekly podcast is a partnership with Inclusivi-Tee and the Alliance. Check out the episode with Alliance Leadership Team member Myron Lowe addressing race and equity, co-hosted by Alliance board member Lori Myren-Manbeck and intern Abby Mathew.
Explore the PBS documentary, Latino Americans and discover the powerful journey and influence of what is now the largest minority group in the US and their extraordinary, centuries long impact on North America.
Eight comedians coordinated their talk shows to feature content related to climate activism during Climate Week NYC (September 20-26). Check out a few clips showcasing big names like Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah and More!
This 60 Minutes interview with Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is shocking! She recently testified before Congress, revealing that FB knew about the toxic effects of Instagram on teenagers, as well as FB's algorithm that favors hate speech and misinformation, which drive more engagement and profit for FB.
This 2 hour, 24 minute appalling documentary from 2003 explores how a corporation is seen as an individual under the 14th amendment. It reveals how the corporation as an individual acts like a psychopath according to the DSM-V criteria and explores the history of corporations' human rights implications and violations.
The Creepy Line is an interesting probe into the world of Facebook and Google. The findings are disturbing, including the tech giants' vast power to influence public opinion. Based in facts, driven by data and revolving around first hand accounts, this 2018 documentary is as timely as ever to reference surrounding recent events.
How the Climate Crisis Affects Us All, the first episode of "Seat at the Table" by Jack Harries, explores rising sea levels and what can be done. This is one of five recent popular docs on climate supported by YouTube.
Lady Gaga's 30-minute special, The Power of Kindness, examines 11 young people's unique struggles surrounding mental health and kindness as it relates to ourselves, others, the community and the future.
To gain a different perspective on "Thanksgiving", watch Netflix's Gather, which explores food sovereignty, Indigenous American identities and movements that aim to heal the wounds of colonialism.
Before you buy any more clothing for the holidays, please watch The True Cost, a groundbreaking documentary exposing the untold story of the human and environmental costs of our fast fashion.
Bitter Chocolate, an episode of Netflix’s series, Rotten, explores a troubled industry reliant on unethical sourcing, which denies instances of modern day slavery. It also examines up and coming companies which seek to tackle these issues and provide sustainable alternatives.
In recognition of the first anniversary of the January 6th Insurrection and coup attempt at the US Capitol, we recommend watching the powerful and haunting 47-minute NBC Special Jan 6 Edition of Meet the Press covering all aspects of threats to democracy that are just coming to light.