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Multimedia Library for environmental humanities
The Environment & Society Portal’s Multimedia Library aims to inspire curiosity about environmental humanities topics with a diverse collection of digitized documents, images, podcasts, and films. It is intended not as a canon or “best of” collection, but as a diverse offering that we hope will spark interest and possibly even new ideas for research.
We want the Multimedia Library to continually grow and become more diverse. As the collection expands, we will be enabling full search capabilities as well as new ways for users to engage with content. To recommend an item for inclusion in the collection, please use our “feedback” button to send us a description of the work, its significance, and contact information for its copyright holder.
Woodcut from broadsheet: "The Great and Terrible Flood," January 1651. Courtesy of the Bavarian State Library.
This woodcut depicts the victims and landscape devastation caused by the flooding of the rivers Danube, Neckar, Main, and Rhein in January 1651. Part of a broadsheet print, it accompanied by a poem that describes the floods’ "violent waters" and calls upon readers to "fall to their knees" and repent.View multimedia item
A devastating mercury spill by one of the world's largest producers of gold transforms a quiet peasant village in Peru's Andean mountains into a hotbed of civil resistance. The film Choropampa, The Price of Gold chronicles how the ensuing conflict between a multinational corporation and the local population unfolds during a period of two years.View multimedia item
Graphic: "Langfristige Temperaturentwicklung" (Changes in temperature over the long term). Courtesy of Le Monde diplomatique, Berlin.
The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) predicts that by 2100, the temperature will increase by a further 1.8°C—if there is a significant reduction in the consumption of goods and fossil fuels. However, if current trends in economic growth and the consumption of fossil fuels continue, this increase may be as much as 6.4°C.View multimedia item
What impact does the 240 million tons of plastic, the amount estimated to be produced annually at the time this film was made, have on the planet and its peoples? Werner Boote's documentary provides the background along with a range of possible answers.View multimedia item