Sustainable Learning Community Resources

2013-14 Learning Community: THE HUMAN FACTOR

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Personal Sustainability
Human Behavior & The Environment
Environmental Racism
The Population Connection

For even more resources, visit the Foothill College Library's special
Library Guide for the Human Factor Learning Community.


FOCUS AREA: Personal Sustainability

Presentation (PDF) on Human Sustainability by the Society for Human Resource Management
Interesting presentation at an HR Leadership Conference that looks at 'energy management' in humans, and how to become sustainable, manage stress and find energy and balance.

11 Personal Energy Renewal and Sustainability Tips. An article by Matthew May, on the American Express Open Forum site.

Personal Sustainability Plan 101: What's Yours? Article by Julie Urlaub from the Taiga Company.

The Fight against GMOs by Jeffrey Smith (Share Guide, Mar/Apr 2011). This article/link is available through the Foothill College Library online databases.


The Rise of the U.S. Environmental Health Movement
by Kate Davies
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). This is the first book to offer a comprehensive examination of the environmental health movement, which unlike many parts of the environmental movement, focuses on ways toxic chemicals and other hazardous agents in the environment effect human health and well-being.

The Handbook of Environmental Health by Frank Spellman and Melissa Stoudt
(Scarecrow Press, 2013). Environmental issues, global warming, pollution, and chemical dumping, are ever present in the news. But what about the health problems these issues pose?

Globalization, Health & the Environment: An Integrated Perspective Edited by Greg Guest
(AltaMira Press, 2005). Leading health scholars reveal the impact of globalization on human health, as it is mediated through environmental change.


The Environment and Human Health. Presentation by Nancy Moreno, PhD, Baylor College of Medicine, explores the connection between health and the environment. (apx. 15 minutes)

Climate Change & Health: Beyond Boundaries (©World Health Organization 2009). Innovative dance choreography by Marie Elangovan, expressing a modern theme through the old form of dance called Bharatanatyam, to express how we must move Beyond Boundaries to solve the issues around climate change. (apx. 7.5 minutes)

The Future of Food (2005) There's a revolution going on in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America. A revolution that's being fought behind closed doors of corporate boardrooms and government agencies over the use of genetically modified organisms in our food. The filmmaker leads an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled GMO products that have quietly filled grocery store shelves over the past decade. (apx. 88 minutes) View the Trailer. *This video is available to borrow for classroom use-contact Mia Casey for more information.

Food, Inc. (2009) The veil on our nation's food industry is lifted, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment.. (apx. 94 minutes) View the Trailer. *This video is available to borrow for classroom use-contact Mia Casey for more information.

Supersize Me (2004) Several legal suits have been brought against McDonald's Restaurants that they are knowingly selling food that is unhealthy. Some of the court decisions have stated that the plaintiffs would have a claim if they could prove that eating the food every day for every meal is dangerous. As such, documentarian Morgan Spurlock conducts an unscientific experiment using himself as the guinea pig: eat only McDonald's for thirty days, three meals a day. (apx. 100 minutes) View the Trailer. *This video is available to borrow for classroom use-contact Mia Casey for more information.

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FOCUS AREA: Human Behavior & The Environment

Psychologists for Social Responsibility's Climate Change, Sustainability & Psychology Program.
Site has an interesting 'toolkit' resource page.

Stanford's Millenium Alliance for Humanity & the Biosphere. Great articles and insights on topic. Includes a Library, and Forum.

Website for the 2012 Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference. Contains a number of presentations on varied issues around behavior and climate change

Lights, camera...action? Altered attitudes and behaviour in response to the climate change film The Age of Stupid. Journal article about a study in the UK investigating the effects of a film called The Age of Stupid depicting a devastated world in 2055, and followed the viewers attitudes over a period of time after screening. *This article/link is available through the Foothill College Library online databases.

Public Perception of Climate Change: Voluntary Mitigation and Barriers to Behavior Change. Journal article on behavior change. Mitigating global climate change requires not only government action but also cooperation from consumers. Population-based, cross-sectional surveys were conducted among 1202 respondents in Portland OR and Houston TX between June and September 2007 regarding awareness, concern, and behavior change related to climate change. The data were subjected to both quantitative and qualitative analyses. *This article/link is available through the Foothill College Library online databases.


Environmental Sociology: From Analysis to Action
Edited by Leslie King and Deborah Auriffeille
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). Encourages students to use the sociological imagination to explore a broad spectrum of issues facing the environment today.

Encountering Gorillas: A Chronicle of Discovery, Exploitation, Understanding & Survival
by James Newman (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). In this book, James L. Newman brings a lifetime of study of Africa to his compelling story of the rich and varied interaction between gorillas and humans since earliest contact.

Developing Ecological Consciousness: The End of Separation(2d Edition) by Christopher Uhl
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). Christopher Uhl explores the path to living in harmony with Earth, and believes it begins — not with fixing the environment — but with fixing ourselves — specifically our perceptions about Earth.

Earthcare: An Anthology in Environmental Ethics Edited by David Clowney and Patricia Mosto
(Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). This anthology, designed for use in undergraduate courses in environmental ethics, includes new and classic readings by leading writers in the field, full-length case studies, and many short discussion cases

Dynamics of Human Biocultural Diversity: A Unified Approach by Elisa Sobo
(Left Coast Press, 2012) Leading medical anthropologist Elisa Sobo rises to the challenge of truly integrating biology and culture. Her inviting writing style and fascinating examples make important new ideas from complexity theory and epigenetics accessible to undergraduates from all disciplines, regardless of academic background.

Disappearing Peoples? Indigenous Groups and Ethnic Minorities in South and Central Asia Edited by Barbara Brower and Barbara Johston (Left Coast Press, 2007). This volume examines twelve Asian groups whose way of life is endangered. Some are "indigenous" peoples, some are not; each group represents a unique answer to the question of how to survive and thrive on the planet earth, and illustrates both the threats and the responses of peoples caught up in the struggle to sustain cultural meaning, identity, and autonomy.


(2010) Sundance award-winning documentary on the surprising consequences of natural gas drilling. A new process called "fracking", raises concerns about health and environmental risks. View the Trailer. (apx. 104 minutes) *This video is available to borrow for classroom use-contact Mia Casey for more information.

TED Talk with Janine Benyus:  Biomimicry in Action. Biologists/Engineers/Designers working together and patterning designs and inventions after solutions found in nature.

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FOCUS AREA: Environmental Racism/Social Justice

Half the Sky Movement
. Half the Sky Movement is cutting across platforms to ignite the change needed to put an end to the oppression of women and girls worldwide, the defining issue of our time. Inspired by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book of the same name, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide brings together video, websites, games, blogs and other educational tools to not only raise awareness of women's issues, but to also provide concrete steps to fight these problems and empower women.

Food First. The Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First analyzes the root causes of global hunger, poverty, and ecological degradation and develops solutions in partnership with movements working for social change. Many wonderful publications and resources.



Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
(Knopf, 2009)
A passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. Available in the Foothill Library.

Cows, Kin, and Globalization: An Ethnography of Sustainability by Susan Alexandra Crate
(AltaMira Press, 2006) The first cultural ecological study of a Siberian people: the Viliui Sakha, contemporary horse and cattle agropastoralists in northeastern Siberia.

Water for Poor Women: Quest for an Alternative Paradigm by Sayeed Ahmed
(Lexington Books, 2012) Develops an alternative governance paradigm to ensure poor women’s water security through their participation in the governance process. This study assesses the effects of governance on water distribution and participation from the perspective of poor women.

Ecofeminism and Globalization: Exploring Culture, Context, and Religion Edited by Heather Eaton and Lois Ann Lorentzen (Rowman & Littlefield, 2003). Discusses ecofeminism in the context of the social, political and ecological consequences of globalization.



Bitter Seeds
(2012) Bitter Seeds raises questions about the human cost of genetically-modified agriculture and the future of how we grow things. View the trailer. (This movie may be shown as part of our co-curricular activities in 2013-14.)

Not My Life (2012) A comprehensive global perspective on the issue of human trafficking and modern slavery. View the trailer. (Full version, apx. 80 minutes / abridged version, 30 minutes). *This video is available to borrow for classroom use-contact Mia Casey for more information.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwid.e (2012) Watch a preview. View online lesson plans/film Modules. Filmed in 10 countries, this series introduces women who are struggling with some of the most difficult and oppressive circumstances imaginable -- including sex slavery and the systematic murder of women -- and are bravely fighting to change them.(apx. 114 minutes -Part 1 / apx. 114 minutes-Part 2)

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FOCUS AREA:Consumerism

Economics for Equity & Environment. Economics for Equity and the Environment Network is a national network of economists developing new and better arguments for protecting people and the planet. Through applied research and public engagement, we seek to improve decision making and further understanding of the relationship between economy and ecology. Contains large number of reports and articles.

Environmental Working Group. The Environmental Working Group is the nation’s leading environmental health research and advocacy organization.  Our mission is to serve as a watchdog to see that Americans get straight facts, unfiltered and unspun, so they can make healthier choices and enjoy a cleaner environment. Contains a large number of research reports and consumer guides.

Story of Stuff Project. Website founded by Annie Leonard based on her movie The Story of Stuff. Contains a blog, podcasts and more movies.



Insatiable Appetite: the United States and the Ecological Degradation of the Tropical World.
by Richard P. Tucker (UC Press, 2000). This book is a rich history of the transformation of the tropics in modern times, pointing ultimately to the declining biodiversity that has resulted from the domestication of widely varied natural systems.

Consumer Society: Critical Issues and Environmental Consequences.
by Barry Smart (SAGE Publications, 2010). Ever-increasing consumption and a relentless pursuit of growth in output are the twin pillars on which the modern economy and contemporary social life rest. But the consumer way of life is globally unsustainable. We can't all live the consumer dream. This comprehensive, lively and informative book will quickly be recognized as a benchmark in the field.



No Impact Man
(2009) Follows the Beaven family as they abandon their high consumption Fifth Avenue lifestyle in an attempt to make a no-net environmental impact for the course of one year. View the trailer here. (90 minutes).

The Story of Stuff (2007) From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It'll teach you something, it'll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever. View The Story of Stuff online here (21 min.)

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FOCUS AREA: The Population Connection

GrowthBusters: Hooked on Growth

WSJ – Interactive Site
Interactive chart -select from 50 countries to see population growth & projected growth.

The Population Institute
International non-profit whose mission is to educate policymakers and the public about population.



Growing Pains: A Planet in Distress
by Valorie Allen (iUniverse, 2010)

MORE: Population, Nature and What Women Want by Robert Engelman (Island Press, 2008)

The Economics of Food: How Feeding and Fueling the Planet Affects Food Prices by Patrick Westhoff (FT Press, 2010) Available through the Foothill Library.



World in the Balance: The Population Paradox (Nova, DVD 2004)  Watch a Preview. It took all of human history until 1800 for the world’s population to reach its first billion. Now we add a new billion nearly every dozen years. Through vivid personal stories, The People Paradox reveals many startling trends. (apx. 120 min.)

Planet in Peril (DVD, 2008)  View the Trailer. CNN takes viewers around the world in a comprehensive 3-hour documentary that examines our changing planet. This worldwide investigation, shot in high definition, looks at four key issues: climate change, vanishing habitats, disappearing species and human population growth.

Changing Nature: Population and Environment at a Crossroads(2001) Earth's human population more than doubled between 1960 and 2001. Consumption, increased poverty, declining resources, and environmental damage create global problems that threaten human health and welfare in all nations. (9 min.) Available through the Foothill Library/Films on Demand..

How Many People Can Live on Planet Earth?  (2009)
Human population density is a factor in every environmental problem.  (4:49 min.) Available through the Foothill Library/Films on Demand.


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