american hemp.

Regenerative rather than extractive.  Check out this great short doc on the ongoing plight to legally produce hemp fiber domestically.

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volcanoes.

Gain a new perspective on earth science with a look at volcanoes through the eyes of Werner Herzog.  In typical style, his foray into this topic goes beyond plate tectonics and molten rock; it’s somehow more of a film about the human condition than anything else.  From tribal rituals to North Korean propaganda, this tour exposes how our dynamic planet shapes our lives.  Here’s the trailer.  It’s worth a view:

monuments.

I spent a season long ago as a botanist on the Carrizo Plain, one of the coolest landscapes I have ever encountered, so I was a bit dismayed this week that it’s National Monument status might be up for revision by the new presidential administration.  Then I read that Patagonia (yes, the retailer) was standing up to the attack on monuments (read about it here).  It brought to mind one of the most significant and impacting films I have seen about adventure and the environment, 180° South.