Here you will find numerous videos that can be used in education programs or as part of your parish work.
Met. Kallistos of Diokleia (Ware) is Patron of Pan Orthodox Concern for Animals and this video was organised by POCA and recorded and edited by our dear friend James Hyndman.
This excellent video is on the place of animals in the world and our duty as Icon of Christ to care and protect them.
Below is another video on ‘Compassion for Animals.’ again by Met. Kallistos of Diokleia. It is suitable for use with older students and youth groups. It can be used for discussions on religious studies, the role of the church in contemporary issues, icons, eco-theology, ethics and for general discussions on the environment. It was the opening paper at our session on the Theological Perspectives of Animal Suffering at the IOTA conference in Iasi, Romania in 2019.
This is an excellent video by Fr John Chryssavgis, theological advisor to H.A.H. Bartholomew (Green Patriarch). Other excellent videos are found in the Be the Bee series
Here are some HOW TO videos on Greening Your Parish. The full set are found on “How-to” Green Your Parish Video Series – Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (goarch.org)
This is a very short video of ‘How To’ tips, to increase your individual and Parish ‘Compassion Footprint’
A wonderful video showing an example of the lived reality of the Icon of Christ and Priest of Creation./////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// This is a wider discussion as COP26 is taking place this week in the UK. This video by Prof. Paula Brugger before COP 21 gives us an insight to the failures of both to deal with the scale of the problem. Please note the ‘ambitious targets’ of the Brazilian government re deforestation (approx 14 mins) and what has just been agreed by the existing President of Brazil. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Today, 21 march 2021, we shall join with our fellow faith-based friends, to celebrate an Interfaith blessing for animals. Fr Simon will read two extracts from St Modestos and St Ephrem the Syrian. We shall use this wonderful Cantata by Bach to set the scene.
///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////This is a video which can be used to educate our younger children on compassionate care for animals and is suitable for early years; Joy & Sunday schools and as support to Catechism class discussions on dominion as compassionate care for creation and our role as Icon of Christ.
These are a few short videos from an Orthodox series available on goarch.com. ‘Be the Bee’ is a video series about finding God in everything, everyday. https://www.goarch.org/-/be-the-bee-video-series:
///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Pan Orthodox Concern for Animals is a partner with the Christian Ethics of Farmed Animal Welfare research project, initiated by Prof Clough. In this short video he explains the problems and the potential solutions we face in our choice of diet. This video describes the origins of intensive animal farming, and the animal welfare harms and benefits this incurs. These include severe spatial and behavioural restrictions, widespread antibiotic use and the subsequent development of antibiotic resistance as a result.
This is a short video on the world of fish that can be used as an opener for discussions on environmental concerns. Suitable for upper secondary/college/youth and parish discussion groups.
//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// We are adding a series of videos that are suitable for upper secondary/college/youth/parish discussion groups created by Prof Knight at the Centre For Animal Welfare at my old University, Winchester.
We are currently living through the sixth mass extinction since fossil records began. This video describes previous mass extinction events and the causes of the current one – mainly habitat destruction for livestock production, pollution and climate change. Some 1/3 of all species are expected to go extinct, with some ecosystems, such as coral reefs, most severely affected. People will also be affected, as rivers dry up, rising oceans flood coastal regions and crop yields decline. The livestock sector currently contributes around 16% of all human-generated greenhouse gases – more than all forms of transportation combined (at 13.5%). This is set to substantially rise, as global consumption of animal products doubles, by 2050. Mitigation options are discussed. Only substantial changes in consumption patterns can realistically achieve the reductions necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change.
A VERY IMPORTANT ANALYSIS OF THE FAILURES TO DATE OF ACTIONS ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Alternatives to Animal Research reviews the 3Rs – the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of laboratory animal use. Key replacement examples include the use of structure-activity relationships and expert systems, cell cultures, the ‘human on a chip’, gene chips, and strategies to increase the predictivity and safety of human clinical trials. Key reduction examples include statistical calculation of sample sizes and international harmonisation of test guidelines. Key refinement examples include the use of pain-killers, anaesthetics, and environmental enrichment.
/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// These are recent videos by another expert in the field Dr Andre Menache on animal experimentation and is suitable for upper secondary/college students and adult discussion groups who wish to be more informed about this subject.