Unravelling the Narrative

Film Recommendation

This Changes Everything (2015)

Time for a Rewrite

This documentary reexamines the paradigm of mankind’s dominance over nature, and investigates the impact of fossil fuel demands on both the environment and society.  According to the film, the 400-year-old tale of human science’s conquest of nature, and its application in the quest for limitless economic growth, is false and untenable. The planet can no longer support the status quo, and the consequences of this dated mindset are rapidly catching up. Although potentially heart-wrenching at times, the doc does seek to offer hope to viewers through the numerous activists and organizations that are taking part in the struggle for change.

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Questionable Ownership

Film Recommendation

Bottled Life (2012)

This admittedly disturbing documentary following the business practices of Nestle, the planet’s largest food and beverage company, with regards to how they pursue bottled water as a beverage product. As the documentary unfolds the view gets a glimpse of the manner in which this company exploits local environments, and corresponding governments, in the unquenchable pursuit of greater profits. While the realization of this corporate behavior can leave the viewer unsettled, it also encourages active involvement, as an informed citizenship (and consumer) can subsequently learn to make better choices. I encourage you to give it a view.

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Is Water a Human Right?

Film Recommendation

Blue Gold (2008)

This documentary provides a strong reminder of the absolute importance of water to life, and raises questions regarding the legality of corporate ownership over water rights that should belong to citizens and locals. Undeniably, water has become big business. The International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) sites these figures on their website (link),

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The Stuff of Life

Film Recommendation

Dirt! (2009)

This fascinating and informative documentary explores the significance, and current state, of our planet’s soil. The film highlights the fundamental importance of this complex and limited resource, and the rampant destruction that is underway. The injection of petrol-based chemicals and poisons to both “fertilize” the land and destroy would-be pests has very real consequences, and those that live and work with the soil share what they have observed.

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Restoring the Equilibrium

Book Recommendation

The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature

by David Suzuki (2007)

The Sacred Balance

David Suzuki is the man!! Yes, I am aware that I’m to write a little something about the book rather than the author, but I just wanted to get that out of the way. David Suzuki is quite definitively one of the most prominent faces in Canadian environmentalism, and has authored a number of books on science, nature, and the environment. This one in particular is a pretty cohesive examination of the various elements that make up our environment (such as the soil, water, and air), what human impact has has influenced, and how we can potentially diminish (or resolve) the detrimental effects of human (this includes corporate) activity.

Suzuki provides us with a clear reminder that man, and consequently his organizations, are very much a part of nature. Unfortunately, there has been what appears to be a collective amnesia when it comes to this very fundamental fact. As a result, Suzuki takes us on a literary journey to remind us of our connections to the natural world, and delivers to the reader a constructive framework for rediscovering the balance.

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Thinking for the Future

Book Recommendation

The Ecology of Commerce: A Declaration of Sustainability

by Paul Hawken (1993)

The Ecology of Commerce

This book makes a powerful declaration for the role of business in sustainable development and environmental management and protection. Contrary to common belief, industry and ecology need not be at odds with one another. In fact, industry has the scale and potential expertise for effectively addressing environmental concerns, and as corporations represent the earth’s most prevalent establishments, they have a direct responsibility to do so. The author sets forth a clear series of fundamental problems present within the current system, as well as their corresponding solutions. Hawken admits that the issues are more profound and complex than his breakdown can attest, but he provides a clear and cohesive framework from which to work from and adapt. The book is very well written and easily digestible, and has been a staple to many who have sought to incorporate sustainable change within their organizations. Indeed, I first heard of this book after having watched a TED Talk from Ray Anderson (click to view), founder and chair of Interface, the world’s largest modular carpet manufacturer. Sadly, Mr. Anderson has since passed away from cancer, but during his life he would continually share with audiences how Hawken’s book had shaped both his life and his company. Continuing his excellent work, Hawken has since published other books and given numerous talks around the world as he inspires new generations of entrepreneurs and business leaders.

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