Big Ideas for a Small Planet, Season 1
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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||VideoFuel||This episode investigates the future of automotive fuel with segments on a truck that runs on vegetable oil from a fried-chicken party; one-woman's bio-diesel publicity campaign; and the test of an ethanol racing car at Daytona.||25:35||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|2||VideoBuild||In this episode, a visionary architect works with clients to build their first "green" home; a designer demonstrates his real-life tree house made of growing tree trunks; and environmentally conscious ideas are introduced to low-income neighborhoods.||25:38||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|3||VideoCities||In this episode, a real estate developer turns a polluted field into a sustainable community; a researcher tests underwater turbines in the hopes they will light up the skyline using renewable energy; and a band of guerilla gardeners work overnight to beautify blighted urban plots of unused land.||25:35||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|4||VideoWear||In this episode, an eco-friedly fashion designer prepares for a fashion show, a clothing company recycles used soda bottles and worn out garments to produce high quality active wear; and Lori Petitti invites people to construct new fashion statements from used clothing and fabric.||25:35||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|5||VideoEat||In this episode, an up-and-coming chef shows off his new green restaurant, where even the rooftop doubles as a produce garden; a burger restaurant uses sustainable meat and produce from farms within 100 miles; and a young entrepreneur finds treasure in another man's trash.||25:36||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|6||VideoDrive||In this episode, a Silicon Valley carmaker debuts an electric sports car of the future; an entrepreneur shows off his brightly colored affordable electric commuter car; and a high-school team works on their electric vehicle prior to competition in a variety of road rallies.||25:35||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|7||VideoFurnish||In this episode, a leading furniture company explores the goal of making all new products 100% sustainable; two designers use leftover scrap wood to create recycled furniture; and a Philadelphia-based firm shows off their innovative and stylish home-product designs.||25:35||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|8||VideoCreate||In this episode, a photographer documents the biodiversity and indigenous cultures of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; an artist weaves together audiotape to make clothing, upholstery and boating sails; and a green architect creates a house from a retired 747 airplane.||25:35||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|9||VideoKids||This episode looks at how a new generation is learning about ecology as it profiles young activists who have saved portions of the Costa Rican rainforest and created an outreach program to focus community attention on plastic problems and solutions for our waterways.||25:35||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|10||VideoPaper or Plastic?||This episode introduces innovators who are working to make intelligent, eco-friendly design a reality. They include a world-renowned architect, designer and ecological innovator who is guiding the United States Postal Service to eliminate toxins in its packaging.||26:36||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|11||VideoSports||This episode visits three people dedicated to keeping the planet safe for athletic pursuits: the creator of racing bikes made from bamboo; a champion skier who is raising awareness about the declining snow pack; and the distributor of skateboards made from bio-friendly materials.||25:35||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|12||VideoWork||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.||25:34||$1.99||View In iTunes|
|13||VideoPray||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.||25:34||$1.99||View In iTunes|
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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.