The Earth Circle
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The Earth Circle

Making Environmentalism Pay Its Way


Editorial Rating

8

Qualities

  • Innovative
  • For Beginners
  • Inspiring

Recommendation

The environmental movement is evolving beyond recycling to a more holistic paradigm: the “circular economy.” Using several colorful case studies from around the world, Economist Films offers an overview of the next phase of conservation. The film outlines the approach’s shortcomings, yet it manages to identify a patch of blue sky on an otherwise smoggy horizon. getAbstract recommends this hopeful video to business leaders wishing to learn more about sustainable practices and anyone interested in the evolution of environmentalism.

Summary

The “circular economy” is a new approach to conservation that goes beyond mere recycling. In theory, this model could “save the planet.” An innovative project in a Philippine village exemplifies the principle: Due to overfishing and contamination, fish stocks on the Danajon Bank have depleted, so many locals are now employed in collecting the discarded fishing nets that litter the seabed. Workers earn about $1 for every 5 kg [11 lbs] of nets extracted from the ocean. The nets get transported to Europe, where they’re turned into raw nylon for carpet tiles. Thus, waste gets converted into a product of value. This project is ...

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Economist Films produces documentaries that investigate economic, social and political issues.


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