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There’s no denying it, keeping up with environmental news can be a depressing task. Animal extinction, deforestation, climate change—these challenges are so daunting it’s no wonder many people tune out. We could all benefit from a more lighthearted outlook, even when dealing with our most serious environmental problems.
That’s the thinking behind American University’s Eco-Comedy Video Competition. From Arctic melting to pollution, no topic is too weighty to view through a humorous lens. In fact, comedy can be a great way to introduce someone to a new issue in a non-threatening way. The top entries in the competition were recently unveiled at Washington, DC’s Environmental Film Festival.
In honor of Earth Month, here are some of our favorite funny environmental videos to help celebrate the light side of caring for the planet. Which one do you like best? Tell us in the comments below and be sure to share your favorites with friends and family.
A Brief History of the 5-cent Bag Tax
Many communities around the world are establishing bag bans and fees. Some might grumble at a bag fee, but as this short shows, the alternatives could be worse! This video won first place in American University’s Eco-Comedy Competition in 2013.
Poking fun at environmentalist stereotypes, Sunrun Solar shows that you don’t have to wear Birkenstocks to enjoy the benefits of clean energy.
This video of an immigrant polar bear got second place in AU’s 2013 Eco-Comedy Competition.
Bee Dance Krumpin
Colony collapse disorder brought on by new pesticides is killing off our most valuable pollinators. This video imagines what might happen to bees on the dance floor.
Coal Will Say Anything—Beach Party
If these dubbed beach goers like coal, it must be a-ok. Right? This funny video is just one of Sierra Club’s Coal Will Say Anything series.
Harlem Shake—Wildlife Style
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service contributes its own odd gem to the Harlem Shake meme:
The IFC series Portlandia is filled with good-humored jabs at the environmentally-conscious denizens of Portland, like this clip of recycling bins gone to extremes.
What's in Your Hot Dog?
Animals raised on factory farms are routinely given antibiotics and hormones put our ecosystems and food supply at risk. Applegate Farms raised awareness for the alternatives with this video.
Coal Energy Auction
Greenpeace made this video to draw attention to federal auctions that lease public lands to energy companies at prices well below their worth.
Weathergirl Goes Rogue
Can you picture your weathercaster freaking out about climate change? These folks did.
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By Sabrina Kessler
Far-reaching allegations about how a climate-sinning American multinational could shamelessly lie to the public about its wrongdoing mobilized a small group of New York students on a cold November morning. They stood in front of New York's Supreme Court last week to follow the unprecedented lawsuit against ExxonMobil.
By Alex Robinson
Leah Garcés used to hate poultry farmers.
The animal rights activist, who opposes factory farming, had an adversarial relationship with chicken farmers until around five years ago, when she sat down to listen to one. She met a poultry farmer called Craig Watts in rural North Carolina and learned that the problems stemming from factory farming extended beyond animal cruelty.
Temperatures plunged rapidly across the U.S. this week and around 70 percent of the population is expected to experience temperatures around freezing Wednesday.
In April, he claimed they caused cancer, and he sued to stop an offshore wind farm that was scheduled to go up near land he had purchased for a golf course in Aberdeenshire in Scotland. He lost that fight, and now the Trump Organization has agreed to pay the Scottish government $290,000 to cover its legal fees, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
By Paul Brown
When countries run short of food, they need to find solutions fast, and one answer can be urban farming.
By Lakshmi Magon
This year, three studies showed that humor is useful for engaging the public about climate change. The studies, published in The Journal of Science Communication, Comedy Studies and Science Communication, added to the growing wave of scientists, entertainers and politicians who agree.