By Elizabeth Seward

Being informed about our environment requires research. Unfortunately, it's far too easy these days to turn a blind eye to the problems that face us. Thankfully, there are multiple media through which we can learn. Documentaries, for example, are incredibly informative media. Madonna, as we saw in Hollywood Green, has been working on her own documentary, focusing on Malawi. Here are some of my personal favorite documentaries that are sure to widen your scope of environmental awareness.

- A CRUDE AWAKENING: THE OIL CRASH

Think we're not dependent on oil as a civilization? Think again. This movie will open your eyes.

- AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH

Al Gore's campaign to stop global warming dead in its tracks is detailed in this film. This is an absolute must see if you're vague about the impact global warming has.

- THE 11th HOUR

Leonardo DiCaprio presents to us practical solutions for eco problems in this film.

- ARCTIC TALE

The reality of how harsh living in the arctic are portrayed in this film through a polar bear and her cubs.

- KING CORN

Two friends discover some uncomfortable truths about the corn industry after starting up their own corn farm.

- SUPER SIZE ME

This film directly correlates obesity in America with fast food chain restaurants through some hands on field research.

- TED: THE FUTURE WE WILL CREATE

This film trails a gathering with the most brilliant minds of today and their ideas for our future.

- MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES

This one documents the changes that have taken place in landscapes across the globe because of industrial work and manufacturing.

- TEXAS GOLD

Diane Wilson lives in the most polluted town in America... and the people of the town hate her for publicizing this.