Transition Guelph

TG Lending Library

We are happy to share our resources with you! If you are looking for a great documentary or a good non-fiction, we have a great library of material. If you’re interested in borrowing any of the material below, email us at to see if it’s available.

Note: Transition Guelph does not promote any of the ideas, technologies or points of view presented in the films or books we have available. They are intended to serve as a jumping-off point for informed discussion (from all sides) of the important issues that we collectively face.


The world water crisis has rapidly become one of the most topical issues of our day as global resources dwindle. Tensions continue to mount between politics, the environment and human rights in the battle for the future of our planet’s supply of drinking water. Irena […]

History Television: Renewable Energy

With oil prices soaring and global warming a mounting crisis, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: the technological revolution of the twenty-first century must be renewable energy. This in-depth documentary examines how today’s advanced technologies are working to harness air, water, earth and fire to […]

End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream

As we enter the 21st century, serious questions are beginning to emerge about the sustainability of this way of life. With brutal honesty and a touch of irony, The End of Suburbia explores the American Way of Life and its prospects as the planet approaches […]

Escape From Suburbia: Beyond the American Dream

In ESCAPE From SUBURBIA director Greg Greene once again takes us “through the looking glass” on a journey of discovery – a sobering yet vital and ultimately positive exploration of what the second half of the Oil Age has in store for us. Through personal […]

Crude Impact

Crude Impact deftly explores the interconnection between human domination of the planet and the discovery and use of oil. It examines the future implications of peak oil – the point in time when the amoung of petroleum worldwide begins a steady, inexorable decline. Journeying to […]

11th Hour

Humankind’s 11th hour is here: the last moment when we can change course and stop our rush toward global ecological collapse. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio produces and narrates this urgent and transformational look at where we’ve been, where we’re going and – most important – how […]

Garbage Warrior

What do beer cans, car tires and water bottles have in common? Not much, unless you’re renegade architect Michael Reynolds, in which case they are the tools of choice for producing thermal mass and energy-independent housing. For 30 years, New Mexico-based Reynolds and his green […]

The Powerdown Show

The Powerdown Show is a 10-part TV series that takes a fresh and engaging look at the community responses to the challenges of climate change and peak oil. We have a golden opportunity to create a far better, more sustainable way of life. Millions around […]

Fierce Light: When Spririt Meets Action

Acclaimed filmmaker Velcrow Ripper sets out to discover the power that is released when spirituality and activism meet. Sparked by what Ghandi called “soul force” and Martin Luther King called “Love in Action”, he discovers that remarkable individuals are taking action from the heart, igniting […]

Dirt! The Movie

Dirt! The movie is an astonishing, humourous and substantial look at the glorious and unappreciated ground beneath our feet. Dirt feeds us and gives us shelter. Dirt holds and cleans our water. Dirt heals us and makes us beautiful. Dirt regulates the earth’s climate. Why […]

Food, Inc.

Food, Inc. lifts the veil on the food industry, exposing how far our food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Food, […]

Who Killed the Electric Car?

Running solely on electricity, General Motors’ fleet of EV-1 electric vehicles were so efficient, they were on the brink of altering the future of driving in America – perhaps even the world. Those lucky enough to drive one gave it glowing reviews. So why were […]

Winged Migration

Witness as five film crews follow a rich variety of bird migrations through 40 countries and each of seven continents. With teams totalling more than 450 people, 17 pilots and 14 cinematographers used planes, gliders, helicopters and balloons to fly alongside, above, below and in […]

Petroapocalypse Now?

The result of 4 years of investigation, we meet more than 30 of the world’s leading experts on both sides of the debate. Travelling to 11 countries and using archive and graphics, we uncover the truth about the rise of oil prices and the terrifying […]

In Transition

‘In Transition’ is the first detailed film about the Transition movement filmed by those that know it best, those who are making it happen on the ground. The Transition movement is about communities around the world responding to peak oil and climate change with creativity, […]


Reggio’s debut as a film director and producer, this is the first film of the QATSI trilogy. The title is a Hopi Indian word meaning “life out of balance.” Created between 1975 and 1982, the film is an apocalyptic vision of the collision of two […]

Rob Hopkins Greeting to Guelph’s Resilience 2011 Festival

Transition movement co-founder Rob Hopkins sent us this humourous and inspiring 10-minute video greeting to congratulate Transition Guelph on its “great unleashing” event, the Resilience 2011 Festival. Author Publisher Transition Network Subject transition, guelph, great unleashing, resilience festival, 2011 Released 2011 Length 10 mins

The Great Turning: Revolution for the Sake of Life on Earth

Acclaimed Bhuddist scholar, long-time eco-activist and living-systems theorist Joanna Macy gave this eloquent and inspiring address in Halifax, NS prior to her leading a 7-day intensive retreat at which she facilitated her powerful experiential methodology, The Work that Reconnects. Joanna returned to Guelph in May, […]

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba’s economy went into a tailspin. With imports of oil cut by more than half – and food by 80 percent – people were desperate. This film tells of the hardships and struggles as well as the community […]

The Genetic Revolution: Putting Biotechnology in its Place

A benefit lecture given by Dr. David Suzuki for the SOD Organic Agriculture Protection Fund, recorded at the Saskatchewan Center of the Arts, Regina, on April 25, 2005. Author Saskachewan Organic Directorate Publisher David Crow Productions Subject genetics, GMO, genetic engineering, genetically modified organisms, organic […]


Reggio’s followup to his stunning debut Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi (“Life in transition”) is an exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them. As before, the film is without words, simply stream of visually arresting images, set to […]


A documentary of insect life in meadows and ponds, using incredible close-ups and stunning slow motion and time-lapse photography. It includes bees collecting nectar, ladybugs eating mites, snails mating, spiders wrapping their catch, a scarab beetle relentlessly pushing its ball of dung uphill, endless lines […]

Blue Planet

Stunning IMAX cinematography of our planet as few people have seen it. On several Shuttle missions, Earth has been portrayed from space, filmed by the astronauts themselves. We are also shown various locations and the environmental problems mankind created there because of our wish to […]

Refugees of the Blue Planet

For around ten years, natural disasters have been occurring more frequently, causing widespread destruction; yet industrialized countries still refuse to implement or persist in doubting the actions they must take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and fail to revise their policies for economic growth. Decisions […]

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash

A Crude Awakening, produced and directed by award-winning European journalists and filmmakers Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack, tells the story of how our civilization’s addiction to oil puts it on a collision course with geology. Compelling, intelligent, and highly entertaining, the film visits with the […]

An Inconvenient Truth

The most famous PowerPoint presentation of all time, this is the film that put Global Warming into the public consciousness. Director Davis Guggenheim eloquently weaves the science of global warming with Mr. Gore’s personal history and lifelong commitment to reversing the effects of global climate […]

Alcohol Can be a Gas! Fueling and Ethanol Revolution for the 21st Century

This DVD, the companion to the acclaimed book by David Blume give you the power to take back control of evergy from the oil companies. In this 40 minute presentation, David shares prime knowledge from his three decades of alcohol fuel experience. Dave covers a […]


A look at the natural beauty and environmental crisis surrounding the Great Lakes. Water’s journey from streams entering Lake Superior to the mouth of the Saint Lawrence Seaway takes 350 years. The narration establishes the importance of the Great Lakes for the U.S. and Canada’s […]

March of the Penguins

Each winter, alone in the pitiless ice deserts of Antarctica, deep in the most inhospitable terrain on Earth, a truly remarkable journey takes place as it has done for millennia. Emperor penguins in their thousands abandon the deep blue security of their ocean home and […]

Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives of the Alberta Tar Sands

Shot primarily from a helicopter, filmmaker Peter Mettler’s “Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands” offers an unparalleled view of the world’s largest industrial, capital and energy project. Canada’s tar sands are an oil reserve the size of England. Extracting the crude oil called […]

The Economics of Happiness

The Economics of Happiness describes a world moving simultaneously in two opposing directions. On the one hand, an unholy alliance of governments and big business continues to promote globalization and the consolidation of corporate power. At the same time, people all over the world are […]

Fahrenheit 9/11

Michael Moore’s intriguing (though hardly unbiased) look at the events leading up to September 11, and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It provides thought-provoking insights on the American security […]

Revenge of the Electric Car

By 2006, as many as 5,000 electric cars were destroyed by the major car companies that built them. Today, the electric car is back… with a vengeance. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America’s future: fast, furious, […]

In Transition 2.0

In Transition 2.0 is an inspirational immersion in the Transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. You’ll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food, localising their economies and setting up community power stations. It’s an idea […]


“The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. The Halliburton-developed drilling technology of “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked […]