Crash Course Ecology is a twelve part documentary spanning over 2 hours, each episode focusing on a certain topic of ecology, from “The History of Life on Earth” all the way to ”5 Human Impacts on the Environment”.
This documentary is easily found on YouTube.com, and is provided by the channel crashcourse, which is run by Hank Green (such a fitting name) who talks straight to the viewer, a noticeable change up towards most documentaries. What is great about this documentary is that it doesn’t focus solely on one topic, but instead gives you a broad view of the environments we find ourselves in everyday, and how it has all led up to where we are today. After giving a basic history of our Earth, Hank explains population ecology as he leads into the episode, “Human Population Growth”. In this episode he states that if being alive on Earth were a contest, humans would win, hands down. We’re like the Michael Phelps of being alive, but with 250,000 times more gold medals. Which, while true in many ways, will ironically become our downfall unless we figure out how to be in balance with this planet we find ourselves on. This is addressed in the final two episode of the series, “Conservation and Restoration,” and, “Pollution.”
What I find interesting about Crash Course is that it gives you tons of information in a relatively short amount of time, while simultaneously being a fun experience. Hank Green’s delivery is anything but stale, and he provides an entertaining twist to ecology to the very end, even when diving into the bleak situation we’ve gotten ourselves into.