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Everything Is Everything

I know you, the community of


readers, are a thoughtful, aware, conscientious bunch. You think about the planet, about sustainability, about preservation. Many of you shoot nature documentaries! So I don’t need to give you my crazy lady Earth Day diatribe. You know about global warming, fossil fuels and alternative power.

But not everyone thinks like you, so I thought I’d start here with some information…and maybe a small request.

This month, there are two documentaries you might want to see. One is

Too Hot Not to Handle, A Global Warming Primer

, which airs on HBO and was produced by my excellent neighbor, Laurie David. The other is

An Inconvenient Truth

, a documentary directed by Davis Guggenheim that weaves the science of global warming with Al Gore’s ongoing efforts to make people aware of the effects of global climate change.

“[This film] is the best way to get the word out to as large an audience as possible and to convince more people to look at the truth of our circumstances,” explains Gore. “We are recklessly, mindlessly destroying the Earth. As Lincoln said, ‘We must disenthrall ourselves. And then we will save our country.’ And our planet.”

But with respect to our world of technology and production, you realize change will take some work. Last summer, as I was hanging out in — I mean, reporting from — the X-Games production trucks, the guys were telling me how they were working on refitting the trucks to run on biofuel. Panasonic’s DVX100B camcorder gained compliance with the RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) initiative when Panasonic removed lead from its manufacturing process. You know how much I love Lite Panels’ LED lighting solutions. These are rumors that we’ll be seeing previews of “greener” cameras and lights at NAB.

When you’re making your technology buying decisions, my request is to keep the bigger picture in mind. Think about reusable media, rechargeable batteries, lower energy consumption. Visit the Nation Resources Defense Council (

) site for advice and information. Be good to your world.

Barry Commoner, a biologist, teacher and author of a bunch of books, including on you might want to read (The Closing Circle: Nature, Man, and Technology, written in 1972 but still relevant), distills this thinking to the simplest form: “The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.”