Popular Culture and Environmental Justice
Several of the sites listed below are commercial sites that can be analyzed for how various forms and genres of popular culture present "nature" and environmental issues. We are not endorsing any of the cultural objects, but rather drawing your attention to the need to study them as important influences on children, teens and adults.
- Pro and Con Native Opinions on Pocahontas. A great site on the popular Disney film.
- American Field Guide. Comprehensive PBS guide to nature programs on local and national TV. Includes over 1,400 nature video clips, arranged by topic and region.
- Bulldog Film's Children's Environmental Titles. Producer of numerous children's videos with environmental themes.
- Captain Planet cartoon.Superhero environmentalism on TV.
- The Emerald Forest. Full-length feature film full of well-intended, liberal racist assumptions about tribes in a Brazilian rainforest.
- Environmental Film Festival. Held annually in Washington, DC.
- Ferngully: The Last Rainforest. Influential animated children's film about forest fairies under threat from rainforest developers. Also check out the second movie, FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue.
- National Geographic Society On-line. One of the (highly popular and highly problematic) sources for information on "nature" and "the environment."
- "Nature": PBS's documentary series. Long-running, very influential series.
- Planet Earth. The much lauded and most expensive nature documentary ever commissioned by the BBC.