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Fun & Inspiration

Lists of music, movies, and more to inspire and motivate for sustainability efforts.






Soylent Green (1973)--Richard Fleischer

The China Syndrome (1979)--James Bridges

The Day after Tomorrow (2004)--Rolland Emmerich




Chinatown (1974)--Roman Polanski

Erin Brockovich (2000)--Steven Soderbergh

Whale Rider (2002)--Niki Caro

There will be Blood (2017)--Paul Thomas Anderson


Science Fiction


Children of Man (2006)--Alfonso Cuaron

Avatar (2009)--James Cameron

The Road (2009)--John Hillcoat




Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1992)--Bill Kroyer

Wall-E (2006)--Andrew Stanton

9 (2009)--Tim Burton

The Lorax (2012)--Christ Renaud, Kyle Balda

Happy Feet (2006)--George Miller

Happy Feet Two (2011)--George Miler


Indie Flims


Koyoanisqats: Life out of Balance (1983)--Godfrey Reggio

Fuel (2008)--Josh Tickell

The Garden (2008)--Scott Hamilton Kennedy

Gasland (2010)--Josh Fox, Steve Liptay




Winged Migration (2001)--Jacques Perrin, Jacques Cluzaud, Micheal Debats

Thirst (2004)--Alan Snitow, Deborah Kaofman

An Inconvienient Truth (2006)--David Guggenheim

A Snowmobile for George (2008)--Todd Darling

Crude (2009)--Joe Berlinger

Garbage Dreams (2009)--Mal Iskander

No Impact Man (2009)--Louie Psihoyos


TV Shows


Captain Planet and the Planeteers (1990)--Ted Turner

Style of the Planet (2000)--BBC Natural History Unit

Blue Earth (2001); Planet Earth (2006); Frozen Earth (2011)--BBC National History Unit

Wild Chronicles (2005)--PBS

Big Ideas for a Small Planet (2007)--Sundance TV

Saving Planet Earth (2007)--BBC Natural History Unit

Food, Inc (2008)--Robert Kenner

Renovation Nation (2008)--Destination America

Stuff Happens (2008)--Destination America

Carbon Cops (2009)--Sundance Channel

Eco Company (2009)--Broadcast Syndication

Eco Trip: The Real Cost of Living (2009)--Sundance Channel

Poisoned Waters (2009)--Rick Young

Nature (2017)--PBS





Songs about Water


Cesspools in Eden by Dean Kennedys

Diamonds in the Water by Enya

Dirty Water by Standells

Don’t Go Near the Water by Beach Boys

Don’t Go Near the Water by Johnny Cash

Down by the River by Albert Hammand

New World Water by Mos Def

Poison in the Well by 10,000 Maniacs

Roll on Columbia by Woody Guthrie

Somewhere Down the Crazy River by Robbie Robertson

Ten Second News by Son Volt’s

Thank God for the TVA by Drive-By-Truckers

Trouble in the Water by Common & Malik Yusef

Uncle Frank by Drive-By-Truckers


Songs about Animals


Buffalo Return to the Plains by Jimmy LaFave

Cows with Guns by Dana Lyons

Don’t Kill the Whale by Yes

Dragonfly by Ziggy Marley

Farewell to Tarwathie by Judy Collins

Grazing in the Grass by The Friends of Distinction

Greenland Whale Fisheries by Peter, Paul, & Mary

Have to Have a Habitat by Bill Oliver

Last Great American Whale by Lou Reed

Poisoning Pigeons in the Park by Tom Lehrer

Songs of the Humpback Whale by Roger Payne

The Lone Rhinoceros by Adrian Belew

Whale Song by Pearl Jam


Songs about Air


Air from Hair, The Musical

Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan

Carbon Monoxide by Cake

Moon Over Marin by Dead Kennedys

Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra

The Air that I Breathe by Albert Hammond

The Air that I Breathe by Hollies, BeeGees, k.d.lang

Why You’d Want to Live Here by Death Cab for Cutie


Songs about Climate Change


Another Way to Die by Disturbed

Four Degrees by Anohni

I Need to Wake Up by Melissa Ethridge

Kyoto Now! by Bad Religion

Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) by Marvin Gaye

Purple Rain by Prince

S.O.S. (Mother Nature) by Will.I.Am

Scottish Rain by The Silencers


Songs about Planetary Destruction


Burning Too by Fugazi

Collapse by Rise Against

Death of Mother Nature Suite by Kansas

Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire

Fire and Rain by James Taylor

It’s the End of the World as We Know it by REM

Throwing Stones by Grateful Dead

Watch it Die by Bad Religion


Songs about Pollution/Contamination


A Day in the Life of a Tree by Beach Boys

A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan

A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall by Joan Baez

Bright Lights, Big City

Monkey Gone to Heaven by Pixies

Pollution by Tom Lehrer

Radioactive by Imagine Dragons

Spring Wind by Greg Brown

The New Pollution by Beck

We Can Run by Grateful Dead

Where Do the Children Play by Cat Stevens


Songs about Nature


(Nothing But) Flowers by Talking Heads

A Beautiful Morning by The Rascals

After the Gold Rush by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and Dolly Parton

After the Gold Rush by Neil Young

Bad Moon Rising by Credence Clearwater Revival

Beautiful Day by U2

Brother Sun, Sister Moon by Donovan

Daylight by Coldplay

Garden Song by John Denver

Here Comes the Sun y Richie Havens

Morning Dew by Grateful Dead

Mother Nature’s Son by The Beatles

Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra

Peace of the Wild Things by Crooked Still

Redwood Tree by Van Morrison

Staring at the Sun by TV in the Radio

Sun Giant by Fleet Foxes

Sun is Shining by Bob Marley

The Whole of the Moon by The Waterboys

Where have all the Flowers Gone by Pete Seeger

Where have all the Flowers Gone by Peter, Paul, and Mary


Songs about Land/Land Rights


Big Yellow Taxi by Counting Crows (also Joni Mitchell)

Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell (also Counting Crows)

Billy From the Hills by Greg Brown

Cuyahoga by REM

Dark as a Dungeon by Dolly Parton

If a Tree Falls in the Forest by Bruce Cockburn

Little Boxes by Pete Seeger

Mining for Gold by Cowboy Junkies

Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens

My City was Gone by The Pretenders

Natural Beauty by Neil Young

Novia Scotia by Dean Magraw

Paradise (Mr. Peabody’s Coal Train) by John Prine

Rocky Top by The Osbourne Brothers

Seminole Wind by John Anderson

Sixteen Tons by Johnny Cash

The Landscape is Changing

The Last Spike by Cowboy Junkies

There Goes the Mountain by Tom Paxton

This Land is Your Land by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie


Songs about Consumerism/Corporate Greed


Garbage by Pete Seeger

Industrial Disease by Dire Straits

The Revolution Will Not be Televised by Gill Scott Heron

Welcome to the Machine by Pink Floyd

Worn Out American Dream by Jimmy LaFave

Song for a Dying Planet by Joe Walsh


Songs about Recycling/Plastic


Canned Goods

Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead

The 3 R’s by Jack Johnson


Songs about the World


Back to the Earth by Jason Mraz

City of Dreams by Talking Heads

Don’t Give Up by Peter Gabriel

Down to Earth by Peter Gabriel

Earth Blues by Jimi Hendrix

Earth Song by Michael Jackson

Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen

Going Home by Jimmy LaFave

Gracias a la Vida by Joan Baez

Heaven is a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle

I Will be Your Friend by Sade

In the Year 2525 by Zager & Evans

Lavender by Ray LaMontagne

Let’s Go Forward

Look Out Any Window by Bruce Hornsby

Love is the Seventh Wave by Sting

Love Song to the Earth by Paul McCartney (and many others)

Miles Away by Basia

Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth by Neko Case

One Sweet World by Dave Matthews Band

Out in the Country by Three Dog Night

Planet Earth by Duran Duran

Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2

Small World by Huey Lewis & The News

Tango Habanera (Youkali) by Kurt Weill

The World’s Green Laughter by B-52s

This Time by INXS

Till I Die by Beach Boys

We Are the People by John Mellencamp

What a Wonderful World

When Tomorrow Comes by Eurythmics

Why Worry by Dire Straits

Yellow by Coldplay

You Oughta be in Audubon by Bill Oliver

You’re the Voice by John Farnha




Books about Plastic


Plastic Ocean by Captain Charles Moore

Plastic Free by Beth Terry

Sullie saves the Seas by Goffinet McLaren

Moby Duck by Donovan Hohn

Accumulation: The Material Politics of Plastic by Mike Micheal, Gay Hawkins and Jennifer Gabrys

Plastic Purge by Micheal SanClements


Books about Animals


Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Grayson by Lynn Cox

The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John

Elephant Dawn by Sharon Pincott

Coyote Moon by Maria Gianferrari

Seababy: A little otter returns home by Ellen Levine

Cry of the Khalari by Mark Owens

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon


Books about Pollution/ Consumerist Society


Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 

Feed by M.T Anderson

Deceit and Denial by David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz 

The Polluters: The Making of our Chemically Altered Environment by Benjamin Ross and Steven Amter

The Islands at the end of the world by Austin Aslan

The Earth is my Mother by Bev Doolittle

The Song of the Earth by Hugh Nissenson

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn 

The Word for the World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin


Books about Chemical Use


Mosquito Point by Christopher Barry

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson