Summer Environmental Health Video List

With so many CHE partners vacationing over the summer, CHE schedules fewer teleconference calls during August. To address this gap, we’re offering this starting list of recommended videos relating to environmental health. They cover a wide range of topics. Some are relatively short TED talks, some are longer interviews, a couple are recent policy speeches, and others are collections of presentations given at scientific conferences.

We plan to add to this list over time and invite you to suggest videos on environmental health topics that you have found exceptionally informative, well-articulated and engaging. We may not end up posting all of them, but we would greatly value getting a broader range of input from all of you. Recommendations can be made in the Comments box below.

We also invite you to post comments on any of the videos.

This is a basic overview of links between chemical exposures and health impacts at the macro level and Bill Davenhall’s journey to awareness about these issues.
Stephen Palumbi leads the audience on an engaging discovery of the connections between ocean health and human health.
Artist Dianna Cohen shares some tough truths about plastic pollution in the ocean and in our lives—and some thoughts on how to free ourselves from the plastic gyre.
This video explains the sources and effects of pharmaceuticals on humans and wildlife for the general public.

Chemical exposures/scientific

Filmmaker Penelope Jagessar Chaffer was curious about the chemicals she was exposed to while pregnant: Could they affect her unborn child? So she asked scientist Tyrone Hayes to brief her on one he studied closely: atrazine, an herbicide used on corn and other crops. (Hayes, an expert on amphibians, is a critic of atrazine, which displays a disturbing effect on the development of frogs and many other species.)
Australia’s Four Corners reveals the full extent of the problems caused by the chemical herbicides 245T and 24D, and also provides evidence that this potentially deadly chemical compound may still be present in weed control products and that authorities do not routinely test for it.
Theo Colborn’s letter to the president and first lady about chemicals disrupting our bodies, presented at TEDxMidAtlantic 2012.

Public health policy
Bill Moyers talks with David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz, public health historians who’ve been taking on the chemical industry for years -writing about the hazards of industrial pollution and the neglect of worker safety-despite industry efforts to undermine them. Their latest book, Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children, is the culmination of 20 years of research.
The video is a part of brand new analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists which presents even stronger evidence that shifting Farm Bill funding to fruits and vegetables-instead of ingredients used for processed foods-is vital for our health. Also see a companion report: The $11 Trillion Reward.

Social and environmental justice
Steve Lerner speaks about his book “Sacrifice Zones” at the University of Delaware.
MacArthur-winning activist Majora Carter details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx, showing not only how minority neighborhoods suffer most from flawed urban policy, but how the situation can be changed.
Van Jones lays out a case against plastic pollution from the perspective of social justice.

Government perspectives
A panel of scientists discuss the extent and ways in which government can and should be involved in setting limits on personal decisions to achieve health benefits.
President Obama’s June 25th speech on climate change directives.
Less than two weeks after being confirmed by the Senate as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Gina McCarthy delivered an inaugural address at Harvard Law School.

Presentations at scientific conferences
This PDF file lists and links to presentations from the 2012 Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program.
Presentations and links to resources from the Cumulative Impacts and Children’s Environmental Health 2013 Symposium.
Presentations and links to resources from the 2009 Northwest Children’s Environmental Health Forum.

Creative ideas/solutions
Natalie Jeremijenko’s unusual health clinic writes prescriptions for addressing environmental woes by giving patients (or “impatients” as the clinic calls them) actions they can take to address environmental problems individually, socially (with humans and other species), humorously and creatively.
Less than 10% of plastic trash is recycled-compared to almost 90% of metals- because of the massively complicated problem of finding and sorting the different kinds. Frustrated by this waste, Mike Biddle has developed a cheap and incredibly energy efficient plant that can, and does, recycle any kind of plastic.
In 2011 three young women swept the top prizes of the first Google Science Fair. Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose and Naomi Shah describe their extraordinary projects-and their route to a passion for science. And, notably, their projects relate to environmental health.
Artist Jae Rhim Lee asks whether we can commit our bodies to a cleaner, greener Earth, even after death, naturally-using a special burial suit seeded with pollution-gobbling mushrooms.
Shimon Steinberg looks at the difference between pests and bugs-and makes the case for using good bugs to fight bad bugs, avoiding chemicals in our quest for perfect produce.
Our bodies are covered in a sea of microbes—both the pathogens that make us sick and the “good” microbes, about which we know less, that might be keeping us healthy. At TEDMED, microbiologist Jonathan Eisen shares what we know, including some surprising ways to put those good microbes to work.
Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb-from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods.