Big Ideas for a Small Planet, Season 1Closed Captioning
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An original 13-part documentary series highlighting forward-thinking designers, products, and processes that are on the leading edge of a new green world. Each episode revolves around a particular green issue, with titles such as "Fuel," "Build," "Cities," "Drive," "Wear," and "Eat," it spotlights a specific innovator or innovation that has the potential to transform our everyday lives on these topics. The individuals profiled range from scientists to fashion and product designers, entrepreneurs to first-time inventors. The original series also features a cast of recurring expert commentators, including activists, scientists, writers, and environmental personalities who provide the big-picture context to each week's stories.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoFuel||Joel Woolf, alternative-fuel enthusiast and inventor of Veg Powered Systems, drag races his truck fueled by the vegetable oil from a fried-chicken tailgate party; Colette Brooks, a fanatic for muscle cars and Prada shoes, leads a bio-diesel PR campaign that hooks up clients with diesel cars around the country; and Indy Racing League’s Jeff Simmons prepares for the 2007 season by suiting up for a test drive a car that runs on 100% ethanol.||25:35||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoBuild||Visionary architect Michelle Kaufmann builds a Glidehouse, an ultra-sustainable modular prefab dream home, for a couple looking to enjoy life off the grid; architect Carlton Brown defies all odds and builds a low-income sustainable housing project in Harlem; and MIT genius Mitchell Joachim demonstrates his Fab Tree Hab living house made from intertwined trees, creating a spectacular living space of the future.||25:38||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoCities||Dennis Wilde is the pioneering force behind the South Waterfront project, which is turning a polluted brown field into a flourishing sustainable community; Trey Taylor, puts years of research to the test when he submerges two underwater turbines in the East River in the hopes that it will light up the skyline using renewable energy; and Heather Flores and her band of guerilla gardeners work overnight to beautify blighted urban plots of unused land with local plants and flowers.||25:35||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoWear||Eco-couture designer Linda Loudermilk prepares for a fashion show featuring her eco-friendly designs made from sustainable materials; Patagonia's Jill Dumain, spearheads the company’s cutting edge sportswear line, which recycles used soda bottles and worn out garments to produce high quality active wear; and Lori Petitti, invites people to channel their creative energies into constructing new fashion statements from used clothing and fabric.||25:35||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoEat||Big Ideas for a Small Planet on eating.||25:36||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoDrive||Tesla Motors debuts their limited edition high-performance electric car to a select lucky few who get to test drive the $100,000 sports car of the future; Dana Myers shows off the assembly line of Myers Motors’ brightly colored “NmG” (No more Gas), an affordable electric commuter car; and Lowell Simmons and his Miramar High School Electric Vehicle Competition Team get ready for the Battery Beach Burnout by making final revisions on their electric vehicle.||25:35||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoFurnish||Engineers from Herman Miller explore green design and developing sustainable concepts; Scrapile designers scour their neighborhood for leftover scrap wood and then head back to their studio to cut, glue and sand the pieces into sleek recycled furniture; Owners of the Philadelphia-based design firm MIO, prove that it's possible to live in "green style" without breaking the bank with their innovative home-product designs.||25:35||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoCreate||World-renowned photographer Subhankar Banerjee documents the biodiversity and indigenous cultures of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to demonstrate the effects of global warming in Alaska; artist Alyce Santoro weaves together audiotape from the "technotrash" that is crowding our landfills, and creates a durable new material; and prolific green architect David Hertz creates a house made from a retired 747 airplane in a remarkable show of sustainable reuse and "upcycling."||25:35||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoKids||Eleven-year old activist Evan Green hosts a kick-off party to recruit new members for his Red Dragon Conservation Team, a group of kids and adults dedicated to saving the rainforest and fostering biodiversity; a group of students from the educational initiative "Plastics are Forever" collects used containers from a Los Angeles waterway and creates rafts from the trash; and toy-maker Barbera Aimes, founder of ImagiPLAY, creates non-toxic toys made from renewable rubberwood and recycled cardboard.||25:35||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoPaper or Plastic?||The United States Post Office teams up with William McDonough to develop a "cradle to cradle" policy that will reduce the USPS's environmental impact; Frederic Scheer of Cereplast creates biodegradable containers made from corn and potato starch; and the designers at Ford present a tour of the recyclable Model U, a concept car that embodies the "cradle to cradle" principle with its hydrogen fuel cell supercharged engine featuring high fuel efficiency and recyclable or biodegradable parts.||26:36||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoSports||Bicyclist Craig Calfee's unusual bike design uses a highly sustainable resource - bamboo - to build a bicycle stronger than steel for champion cyclo-cross athlete Dorothy Wong; Jason Salfi, co-founder of Comet Skateboards, shows off his solar-powered facility where skateboards are made from sustainable materials and introduces us to the students who are producing artwork for these eco-friendly boards; and World Champion Freeskier Alison Gannett launches her "Global Cooling Tour" to highlight the impacts of global warming on the business of winter sports.||25:35||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoWork||Mathias Wackernagel, co-creator of the Ecological Footprint, audits a Bay Area company in an effort to show it how to reduce its environmental impact; Kim Jordan and Jeff Lebesch, the founders of New Belgium Brewing Company, demonstrate their dedication to the environment and to their employees by creating an ideal working environment; and David Hertz, founder and president of Syndesis Inc., introduces the office of the future.||25:35||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|13||Closed CaptioningVideoPray||The Reverend Fletcher Harper inspires environmental concern in the religious world with GreenFaith, an interfaith coalition dedicated to greening places of worship and taking action against polluters; Judy Bonds, director of Coal River Mountain Watch, uses her faith to galvanize local communities in the battle against the mining companies who are destroying their homes; and avid diver Don Brawley gives life to the cremated remains of the dead by including their "cremains" into a man-made reef that supports coral re-growth in the Florida Keys.||25:35||$1.99||View in iTunes|
Actually vegetable oil doesn't contribute in the same was as gas
Hey, Peanutbuttersnails, veggie oil doesn't contribute to warming in the same way as gas! Know why? Cause the plants it's made of just took the CO2 out of the atmosphere months ago. Gas is realeasing the CO2 from millions of years ago, thus adding to the amount in the modern amosphere. How they burn might be the same, but one is recycling and the other is adding previously frozen carbon back into the system.
Just to set the record straight, burning vegetable oil instead of petroleum does in fact tend to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This is because it is made from carbon which is extracted from the atmosphere as carbon dioxide in the first place. This is done by photosynthesis. Burning petroleum takes carbon which was hidden underground for millions of years, and adds it to the atmosphere. So the vegetable oil doesn't cause any net increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide. Petroleum does.
I hope these ideas come in play
Episode 1 Fuel- (Shows different ideas of fuel that can be used to help reduce the CO2 emission, a key element in the crisis of global warming) This was a great show that shows crazy ideas and inventions that are actually useful to our everyday lives. not small inventions like football training equipment. but really inventions and ideasa that can change this world, something bigger. Wish this documentary had more emotional drama, to make it more entertaining. But overall, Great SHOW!!! I'm looking forward to more upcoming episodes. Hope the series is free, because it’s using a great outlet to spread the message.