I begin with the video already featured in Video gift from a student, which I've already added to my lectures on human population. All three of my classes have watched it this semester.
7 Billion, National Geographic Magazine
To coincide with the arrival of the world's 7 billionth person on October 31, 2011, National Geographic magazine's 2011 year-long series on world population is available on the App Store as a free app for iPad starting 10/27/11. The interactive app explores the challenges—and potential solutions—for coping with a growing human population in a world of limited resources with informative videos, interactive maps, in-depth articles, and stunning photography.Next, one that I use to illustrate how a solid waste and consumption problem becomes a water pollution problem.
Editor's update: in 2050, 70% of the population will be living in "urban areas," not "megacities" as stated in an earlier version of this video. In addition, the total number of countries in the world is now 195, with recognition of the independence of the Republic of South Sudan on July 9, 2011.
Captain Charles Moore on the seas of plastic
Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.Now, the first video any of my students showed, which was in the very first student presentation done in my classes since the advent of YouTube: Blue Man Group on Global Warming.
Blue Man Group also includes this video in their live shows. Here is a clip showing that segment in context.
Yeah, it's better with audience reaction.