Episode 52 – An Inconvenient Truth about Grizzly Bears

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Documentaries can expose us to new worlds and change the way we think about our current reality. In this episode, we’re exploring the genre of environmental documentaries.

Elise takes a look at Grizzly Man, Tiger King, and our patriarchal obsession with large wild animals. Then Olivia looks back on THE climate change documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, and how it paved the way for what we’ve seen since.

Other topics include the hockey stick graph, Euphoria, and nature not loving you back.

Story #1: Tiger King, Grizzly Man, and Hegemonic Masculinity (Elise)
Grizzly Man
Tiger King

Grizzly Man’ at 15: Werner Herzog and the Filmmaking Team Look Back on the Doc Sensation, Indie Wire, Aug 2020
The Exotic Enthralls: Comparing Pre-modern Colonization with Present-day Exotic Pet Keeping, Animals and Society, Winter 2016
Wildlife Crime: A Crime of Hegemonic Masculinity?, MDPI, May 2020
A Conservationist’s Guide to “Tiger King”: Keep Wildlife in the Wild, EcoWatch, April 2020
Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries Responds to “Tiger King” Docuseries, April 2020
Grizzly Love: The Queer Ecology of Timothy Treadwell, A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, October 2012
A brief history of the global exotic pet trade, World Animal Protection, October 2018

Bonus: An Indigenous approach to bear conservation
Indigenous input helps save wayward grizzly bear from summary killing, The Guardian, April 2020

Story #2: An Inconvenient Truth (Olivia)
Al Gore giving his Keynote presentation.

Earth Day and the Hockey Stick: A Singular Message, Michael E. Mann, Scientific American, April 20, 2018
The legacy of “An Inconvenient Truth,” explained by 16 really smart people, Grist, May 2016
An Oral History of “An Inconvenient Truth,” Grist, May 2016
An Inconvenient Truth, Wikipedia
Adam McKay on Volts and How to Save a Planet

Further reading we didn’t get to cover:
An inconvenient truth? Can a film really affect psychological mood and our explicit attitudes towards climate change? Beattie, Geoffrey & Sale, Laura & Mcguire, Laura. Semiotica, 2011.
Framing the World : Explorations in Ecocriticism and Film
Cinema Wars : Hollywood Film and Politics in the Bush-Cheney Era
An Inconvenient Truth about an Inconvenient Truth, The Conversation, August 2017

We didn’t even get into how political polarization has delayed climate action and how Al Gore’s role as a prominent Democratic politician might have impacted the way we look at climate change. In the film he says explicitly that global warming “is not so much a political issue, but a moral issue.” And the original poster quotes Fox News:

Climate documentary watchlist
The Dump

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Ep. 67 – 2022 Rewind: The Good, The Bad, & The Updates World Is Burning

It’s the end of the year and we’re in a reflective mood! In this episode we take a look back at the climate wins of the year, updates on stories we’ve covered, and share what we’re looking forward to in 2023. Subscribe/follow/press the button to keep up with new episodes every Wednesday! You can also follow us @worldisburnin on Instagram and Twitter, and check out our website worldisburning.com for extended show notes including sources and photos. World Is Burning is hosted by Olivia Hamilton and Elise Nye. Our theme music is by Kaycie Satterfield, and our logo was made by Sonja Katanic. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/worldisburning/message
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