Regaining Legal Rights to Your Commons – Attorney Jim Olson

By on June 9, 2015

Attorney Jim Olson, Esq., the Founder/Director of the NGO Flow for Water, describes how people can protect their Commons using laws at the core of western legal systems. He describes how the Public Trust Doctrine is a crucial element of law requiring government to act on behalf of people’s wellbeing. 

He describes how climate change, beach access and water quality are all related: we share them, and the law protects the rights of people to use and enjoy their Commons.

The Public Trust Doctrine can be used by people to reverse bad decisions by government – and reverse the overreach by corporations that have taken away access to many Commons from the public. 

Many other legal systems have elements requiring legitimate governments to act

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Radio Interview Explains Honeybee Dieoff on KFCF 88.1 FM with host Angela Price

By on February 13, 2016

http://pierreterre.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/KFCF_Radio_Interview_on_Neonics_Hansen2016-02-10.mp3 In this short radio interview, Kevin Hansen the director of the film Nicotine Bees explains the honeybee dieoff and it’s linkages to nicotine-based systemic pesticides or “Neonics.” Recorded with host Angela Price on the ‘Stir It Up’ program on

Global Security with Jonathan Granoff

By on January 6, 2016

Jonathan Granoff, Esq., President of the Global Security Institute, describes how a more peaceful world can be achieved without the extraordinary threat of nuclear weapons. Produced by:TALKWORKS FILMS 2015—http://www.talkworks.info/ Language: English 


Wangari Maathai

By on January 5, 2016

An incredible voice for the environment, women and peace, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wangari Maathai speaks of the connection between peace and the environment.   Produced by: Pierre Terre, 10/17/2006 Language: English Run Time: 2 min. 12 sec. Story Level


It Belongs to Everyone

By on December 1, 2015

The many efforts of groups around the world are converging for justice, peace, the end of poverty, the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and the restoration of a healthy planet.  

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Got Bomb?

By on December 1, 2015

Got Bomb? is a student project by (then) Drexel University filmmakers Bunker Seyfert and Heather Craig, by screenwriter Corey Jacobs – starring a Philadelphia-based cast.  

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Remember to Plant a Graduation Tree!

By on November 24, 2015

Pierre Terre invites you to plant a Graduation Tree when you graduate from your school! All over the world, people are planting trees to protect our world – see Plant for the Planet with Felix…. Produced by: Pierre Terre, 11/7/2005


Free Women

By on November 24, 2015

In the face of many obstacles, we meet a courageous group of women who have organized to change their world. Throughout India, women are forming ‘self-help groups’ (SHGs) to combat the many issues facing them. With the great help of


The Grave Risks of Nuclear Weapons in Orbit

By on November 24, 2015

Dr. Craig Eisendrath, formerly Chairman of the Project for Nuclear Awareness (PNA), speaks about the grave risks of nuclear weapons if they are placed in earth orbit by the US as proposed.  

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Sun Run: The Power Company Pays Marian at a Remarkable Passive/Active Solar Home

By on November 24, 2015

API Tags:  climate Tags:  Energy and Environment Energy marian climate act solar Community life passive commons efficiency construction electricity heat Peleski active sink Planet RGGI REC retirement reneawable Personal Story Level:  PG 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 When

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Community By Design: Lawrence New Jersey Designs its Future

By on October 15, 2015

My friend and alter ego Pierre presents the great ‘Sustainable Lawrence’  community design event in 2006. The late and very amazing, inspirational Ralph Copleman was one of the leaders of the event. The community used a ‘Future Search’ format that engaged


Ideas that Bring People Together

By on June 9, 2015

Ideas That Bring People Together A message of greeting and hope from renowned traveler and humanitarian Paul Osimo – also a Rotary International member and Past District Governor (PDG) heavily involved in humanitarian relief efforts to Madagascar, India, central Asia

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Penelise Alofa – Losing Her Country to Sea Level Rise

By on October 30, 2014

Penelise Alofa, of the Kiribati Islands, describes how she is losing her country as it is slowly submerged by sea level rise. How can a person face such a fate? How can others understand how it would feel to have


Leo Burke Explains the Commons

By on October 30, 2014

Professor Leo Burke of the University of Notre Dame describes the commons and the benefits of a commons viewpoint in this interview recorded in Berlin, Germany at the commons conference sponsored by the Heinrich Boll Stiftung (Heinrich Boll Foundation) in

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Rotarians Help People (for Kids!)

By on February 24, 2014

Rotarians help people. In this short introduction for kids, Carol Metzker of the Rotary Club of West Chester Downtown in Pennsylvania, in the United States, shares the work of the global Rotary International organization.  I have long admired the work


State of the Union (this film got 230,000 hits in 3 weeks…)

By on January 26, 2013

What if the President of the United States said everything you always wanted?


Earthship Home Construction – Narrated Slide Show 2009

By on January 2, 2013

Narrated visit to the Earthship location northwest of Taos, New Mexico in the US, showing construction techniques. This is a simple narrated video showing a site visit in 2009 by my father and I. Earthship is a wonderful, creative, beautiful


Ramesh Ferris and the End of Polio

By on November 3, 2012

For decades, Rotary Clubs around the world have focused on one goal – the Eradication of Polio.   In India, this required one of the largest civilian mobilizations in human history. Together with many groups, here is how they did


How to Create a Honey Bee Haven!

By on August 18, 2012

There is a wonderful new program by Pesticide Action Network that appears very helpful for bees, pollinators and habitat: Honey Bee Haven: http://www.honeybeehavens.com/content/honey-bee-toolkit? Download the guide here. http://pierreterre.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/BeeToolkit_Reduced_0.pdf  


Ocean Acidity: Unprecedented Man-Made Trends: Univ. of Hawai’i Study

By on February 4, 2012

This study reflects a huge shift in ocean chemistry exacerbated by CO2 absorption. Higher acidity and changed chemistry in the oceans affects countless forms of life – including our own. Kevin Researchers find unprecedented, man-made trends in oceans acidity – University


Global Simultaneous Die-Offs of Multiple Species

By on January 24, 2012

This great article in two parts, from Australia, details the mass die-offs around the world, of many species – including the beautiful Ladybird Beetle that is surprisingly important to the web of life: Original Articles at: Part One: http://hydroponics.com.au/free-articles/where-have-all-the-ladybirds-gone and


A World that Works for Everyone By Jay Walljasper – #Commons

By on January 15, 2012

A World that Works for Everyone By Jay Walljasper Original article in Notre Dame Magazine: http://magazine.nd.edu/news/27932-a-world-that-works-for-everyone/ PUBLISHED: WINTER 2011-12 POSTED IN: CAMPUS & COMMUNITY AND CURRENT AFFAIRS You would expect Notre Dame’92s Mendoza College of Business to focus its teaching


Becoming Human Again: Youth Protests and the Restoration of Caring – #Commons

By on December 10, 2011

The global protests have uncovered what we had refused to see, and asked us to re-look at what had been taken for granted: We have a good world when we take care of each other, recognize our interdependence, and correct the


Consensus Democracy – How to reach decisions in a very diverse group

By on November 8, 2011

We filmed at the Occupy Wall Street protests recently. One of the wonderful things to emerge in these protests has been the Consensus Democracy approach: broad, highly inclusive, community-focused and introspective – everyone has a voice. This form of decision-making

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Honey Bee Murder Mystery Game – with Lesson Plan!

By on June 30, 2011

This wonderful game made by Shawn Caza in Ontario, Canada is a terrific way of learning about the issues surrounding the die-off of honeybees. Most importantly, it encourages critical thinking about the issues surrounding the entire matter. Please play the


Vandana Shiva: To Feed Ourselves, First Feed Other Species

By on November 24, 2010

Dr. Vandana Shiva, a physicist and powerful leader in the worldwide, growing movement towards organic food, describes her vision for the diverse, healthy ecosystems that once sustained, can provide ample food for humanity. Part of her experience is the nearly

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Nicotine Bees: Watch the Feature Documentary

By on July 9, 2010

See Nicotine Bees online at Vimeo-On-Demand: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/nicotinebees2010   Transcript of the film: ___________________________    JB- What we are going to do now is, we are going to light a smoker. Beekeepers use smoke to, ah, to calm down the bees. It also


India: Girls Refuse Forced Marriages to Gain an Education – Prerna/Study Hall School

By on June 14, 2010

Prerna Girls School is a part of the Study Hall School in Lucknow, India. It serves the largely impoverished girl children of the surrounding slums, by providing educations to 540 girls from kindergarten through 12th grade (as of June 2010).


Think Like a Coral

By on November 2, 2009

Pierre meets a coral, and asks how a colonial animal can be many lives and one life, in harmony, at the same time…. Language: English Run Time: 1 min. 30 sec. Story Level 1 = Intended for all children or


Singing the Future: Rhetta Morgan

By on October 14, 2008

Rhetta Morgan at the Common Ground services in Bala Cynwyd, near Philadelphia. She has become a dear friend and married Krista and I in 2012. She is truly an instrument of love, bringing and singing a new vision for human


What’s Behind the Dollar?

By on September 30, 2008

Money – where does it come from? Money expert James Bernard Quilligan, Executive Director of the Center for Global Negotiations, describes where U.S. money comes from, and why, even today, all U.S. money comes from the private Federal Reserve Bank,


Paolo Lugari: Founder of Las Gaviotas (en Español, with simultaneous English translation)

By on September 16, 2008

Paolo Lugari, the founder of Las Gaviotas in Colombia, describes the incredible energy of the human spirit, and some examples of how it has transformed Las Gaviotas into a world-famous example of sustainable living – in a harsh environment. Interview


Bombed by 67 Nuclear Weapons

By on August 18, 2008

Senator Abacca Anjain Madisson of Rongelap, Marshall Islands, describes how her country was struck by 67 nuclear weapons during Pacific Islands testing by the United States. The devastating consequences of this testing have lingered for generations among her people, and led


Healing Rwanda: Jean Paul Samputu and the Forgiveness of Murder

By on June 28, 2008

AfroPop Star Singer Jean Paul Samputu speaks of the forgiveness that is healing Rwanda, as neighbors re-discover that they can live together. Mizero Children was founded by Jean Paul to help heal the orphans of Rwanda from the genocide, HIV/AIDS

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Thinking Outside the Bomb: Beyond Nuclear Weapons

By on August 5, 2007

Hope over fear. With this intention, leading experts on the risks of nuclear weapons, space weaponization, nuclear proliferation, Iran, North Korea and nuclear terrorism gathered to develop a path toward “A World Free of Nuclear Weapons” – a path forward

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Think Like A Forest

By on June 22, 2007

In the forest there is no such thing as garbage! Everything works together without harming anybody.They find ways to get along because they need each other. Pierre talks about how people can learn to think like a forest. When we


The Power of Love Is Greater Than The Love of Power

By on March 6, 2007

Jonathan Granoff speaks at Common Ground Fellowship in January 2007. The human being has the capacity of demonstrating that which is most worthy of praise, the indivisible unity of being realized through the divine attribute of love.

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Great South Philly Cleanup

By on November 16, 2006

Community leader Damon K. Roberts, Esq. helps bring together hundreds of people across more than 300 blocks in South Philadelphia, all to take charge of their neighborhoods, to take a stand for quality of life, and make the neighborhood SAFE

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Singing Frogs of Vernal Pool

By on March 13, 2006

Hear the music of the spring peepers (frogs) in a forest wetland. These frogs are signs of a healthy ecosystem. This was filmed at a “vernal pool,” that usually lasts only for a few weeks during the spring. If there