Mark is releasing a new eco-documentary re: Rachel Carson!

Hey, YERTians! Did you know that we nicknamed the YERTmobile “Rachel ‘the Car’ Carson,” in honor of the renowned environmentalist and author? Well, the love affair continues, and today I’m happy to announce that after two years I have finally completed a brand new documentary–this one about Rachel Carson, entitled, “The Power of One Voice: A 50-Year Perspective on the Life of Rachel Carson.” You can find the film’s website at You can see the trailer here:

The film is a groundbreaking documentary examining the life of Rachel Carson and the profound implications of her environmental work. And if you happen to live in Pittsburgh, you can catch the upcoming Pgh premiere screening on January 29, 2015, at 7:00 P.M. at the National Aviary.

There are limited seats available. Tickets handled via Eventbrite:

New POOV DVD Cover snapshot mini 160x225Perfect for classrooms, community events, or private viewing, The Power of One Voice pulls insights from a variety of speakers at the 50-year anniversary celebration of Silent Spring held at Chatham University and The National Aviary on April 11-12, 2012. This film explores the historical context of Carson’s remarkable achievements and renews her prescient warnings for the modern era.

Notable interviews include renowned Rachel Carson expert and historian, Linda Lear, and a rare interview with Rachel Carson’s adopted son, Roger Christie. Additional interviews include professor Louis Guillette, author Scott Weidensaul, U.S. Fish and Wildlife historian Mark Madison, journalist Don Hopey, and Patricia DeMarco, Former Director of the Rachel Carson Institute at Chatham University.

Today, Rachel Carson remains a role model and inspiration for people across the globe, even as the controversy created by her challenge to the chemical industry continues unabated. By highlighting the power of Carson’s voice, we hope to inspire others to add their voices to this essential conversation.

~Mark Dixon (Director/Producer) (and Patricia DeMarco, Executive Producer)

New work beginning on Solar Roadways Feature Film!


Mark and Ben from YERT are delighted to announce that they have started work on a full-length documentary film about the Solar Roadways project that was featured in the YERT feature film (and shorts!). Things are just getting rolling on that front, but if you’d like to stay in the loop about the new project you can sign up at its website:

Or Facebook:

Hope to see you over there!

All the best,
Mark (and Ben)

YERT at AASHE Conference 2013

Ben Evans is headed over to the AASHE conference in Nashville, TN, where he’ll be sharing the latest news about YERT as a featured speaker. If you plan to be there, let us know at team -at-!

From their website: AASHE 2013: Resiliency & Adaptation
Join us in Nashville October 6-9 for North America’s largest higher education sustainability conference!

YERT is now on Netflix/iTunes/Amazon this Earth Day. Show your love with a review and rating!

Dear YERTians,

Happy Earth Day! There are always too many things to do on Earth Day, but we can’t help ourselves. Today is a great day to watch, share, review, and rate YERT on a few key platforms!

The YERT feature film is now available at…

That’s right! YERT is now available on some very familiar platforms: Netflix (currently on Netflix Streaming only– please keep requesting it on Netflix DVD!), iTunes (rent and download-to-own), and Amazon (DVD). Turns out that we could use some good ratings and reviews on each of those platforms. So if you feel inclined to help get YERT’s message out further into the mainstream, take two minutes this Earth Day to give us a good review/rating, and who knows? Maybe somebody will be moved to click and watch because of your recommendation. And maybe their life will be turned a little greener. Or a lot. We certainly hope so.

Watch/Share/Review/Rate YERT on Netflix

Watch/Share/Review/Rate YERT on iTunes

Buy/Share/Review/Rate YERT on Amazon

And while we’re asking people our friends to submit reviews, today is the last day to submit your comments to the State Department about the Keystone XL pipeline. If you haven’t yet, please take a few minutes to share your opinion– is trying to get to one million comments, and we need 50k more in the next 24 hours to get there. Can you help?

Please comment on the Keystone XL Pipeline!

Enjoy Earth Day, and thanks for your support!

YERTfully Yours,
Ben, Mark, and Julie

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Extraenvironmentalists produce another potent podcast! Check it out!

Hey, YERTians,

I just finished listening to the latest epic podcast from our friends: the Extraenvironmentalist team. Heck, at this point I think that just about all their podcasts are epic, but I particularly enjoyed this one, and believe you will too. Take a listen if you have a chance, and let us know what you think! Here’s a link:



Check out YERT’s new Screening Guide!

Hey, YERT Friends!

We’ve *finally* assembled a detailed SCREENING GUIDE to help you plan your next YERT screening. We’ve learned a lot about what puts bodies in seats and makes a big impact in your community or on your campus. And if you’d like to offer suggestions for how we can make the guide even better, we’d love to hear about it: .

OUR FAVORITE SCREENING TIP: “For college screenings, ask professors/instructors to give extra credit to students for attendance.”

Enjoy the guide, and your upcoming screenings!

All the best,

YERT’s Newsletter for January 2013

Dear YERTians,

Hopefully you’re enjoying the early days of 2013, particularly during the holiday season we’re emerging from. The YERT train keeps moving forward, and we’re happy to bring the latest updates to you…

  • We Still Need Your Help on Netflix
  • Upcoming #ForwardOnClimate Rally 2/17
  • Our Top Picks from Green Headlines
  • YERT’s DVD Launch Party Online and Free
  • Plan YERT’s Spring Screenings Now
  • Watch the YERT Feature Film Online On-Demand

We Still Need Your Help on Netflix
Turns out that it isn’t as easy to get onto Netflix as we hoped, but the good news is that we still have a chance– we just have to keep the pressure (i.e. DVD queue requests) coming fast and furious. You’ve been VERY responsive to our previous calls for Netflix support. Can you keep the love flowing a little longer? Once we’re over the hurdle and get in there, then the Netflix recommendation engine will hopefully get the film (and all the ideas IN the film) out far and wide. More details here.

Upcoming #ForwardOnClimate Rally 2/17

Climate action groups from around the country, particularly (featured in the new release of the YERT feature film) are gathering as many (living) bodies as possible in Washington DC to tell President Obama in no uncertain terms that we will not accept another four years of foot dragging on tackling climate change. From the march’s website: “On Sunday, February 17, thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history. Join this historic event to make your voice heard and help the president start his second term with strong climate action.” The more people who attend, the stronger the message. Mark and Ben will be riding there on busses full of activists from Pittsburgh, PA and Louisville, KY, respectively. Can you hop on a bus, too?

Our Top Picks from Green Headlines
If you’ve been to YERT’s Facebook fan page lately, you might notice we’ve started sharing a regular stream of favorite articles from around the world– those we feel relate to YERTy topics in a particularly compelling way. Here are some of our (and your) favorites from that collection…

YERT’s DVD Launch Party Online and Free

We had a blast at our online DVD launch party event in December 2012. Tons of guests and lots of interesting conversation, including a live interview with Solar Roadways Co-Founder, Scott Brusaw. We’ve put the whole event up online in a three hour video. Watch it all here. To save you time, you can find when the people you want to see most show up in the list below:

0:06 – Joylette Portlock, Environmental Activist, Creator, “Don’t Just Sit There, DO SOMETHING!
0:17 – Justin & Seth, The Extraenvironmentalists
0:46 – Jeremy Seifert, Director of Dive!
1:02 – Derek Alan Rowe, Editor/Producer of Within Reach
1:33 – Jeff Biggers, Author & Huffington Post Columnist
1:52 – Elisa Beck, Sustainable Monroeville, Schwartz Living Market
2:06 – Jay O. Sanders, Actor & YERT Narrator
2:12 – Doug Close – McHenry Transition
2:26 – Scott Brusaw, Inventor of Solar Roadways
2:54 – Special appearance by YERTbaby Bailey

Plan YERT’s Spring Screenings Now
Our 2013 calendar is starting to fill up with YERT screenings all around the country– particularly around Earth Day/Week/Month. If you’d like to have either Ben or Mark visit to host your screening of YERT, now’s the time to get it on the calendar so that we can be sure to accomodate your event — something we’d love to do! Click here to plan and purchase your screening.

Watch the YERT Feature Film Online On-Demand

You can now visit and watch the YERT film for just $4.00 in the U.S. and Canada. It’s that simple. It even works on a ton of devices: PC/Mac/iPad/iPhone/iPod/Android. If you are inspired to spread the word, we hope to make it a little more worth your while by offering a 10% referral fee for all paid views that you refer. Just check out the “Share” button on the Distrify player for more information. Click here to watch right now!

That wraps up another edition of the YERT newsletter. Thank you for sticking with us through all these years, and don’t forget to check out the latest latest news at our Facebook page.

Enjoy your January!

YERTfully Yours,
Ben, Mark, and Julie

Our work is supported when you watch or screen the film!

Click here to host a screening.

Click here to watch the film online right now (PC/Mac/iPad/iPhone/iPod/Android).

Click here to buy the official DVD featuring all kinds of goodies – now 35% off.

Help us convince NETFLIX to carry YERT

Dear YERTians,

Turns out that we’re still in the running for getting on NETFLIX, but they aren’t convinced yet. It appears that if we keep up the pressure and enough of us add YERT to our DVD queues (we’re not up for streaming yet), NETFLIX might eventually be convinced to carry us, and then you can watch the film for free! Woohoo!

Would you add YERT to your Netflix DVD queue?

And… if we get a TON of people to add us, then they might even give us a monetary advance on our film.


To add YERT to your DVD queue, log into your Netflix account. Then you just need to search for “YERT” and we should pop up. Then add us to your DVD queue.

And while you’re there, if you want to give us a sweet rating and/or a review, please go for it! We have four beautiful ratings last we checked, but we can always use more. It all helps, and we truly appreciate every single one of your efforts to show your support.

Please add YERT to your Netflix DVD queue! WOOT!

With Hearty Thanks,
Ben, Mark, and Julie

TONIGHT: Online DVD Launch Party: 9pm – Midnight EST


Here’s the third and final announcement about our upcoming DVD launch party online– now with over 120 other people planning to watch! We hope to hear from each of you during the broadcast: submit questions or stories here, or via Twitter (hashtag #YERTDVDLaunch) or Facebook.

Watch tonight at 9pm EST here:

Guest Schedule (subject to change):

9:10 – Justin & Seth, The Extraenvironmentalists
9:30 – Jeremy Seifert, Director of Dive!
9:50 – Derek Rowe, Editor/Producer of Within Reach
10:10 – Jean Altomare,
10:30 – Jeff Biggers, Author & Huffington Post Columnist
10:50 – Mark Kitchell, Filmmaker of “A Fierce Green Fire
11:10 – TerraCycle
11:30 – Scott Brusaw, Inventor of Solar Roadways



Go ahead and watch the film ONLINE before the party!
Just go here ($3.99 pay-per-view)

Party Details:

What: Mark and Ben live online via videochat party on Google Hangout, broadcast to the world on YouTube. Lots of guests including YERTmom Julie, YERTbaby Bailey, and Scott Brusaw, inventor of Solar Roadways, and many more. Hopefully some of you, too!
Date: Monday, December 10, 2012 – the day before the DVD “street date.”
Time: 9pm – 12 midnight EST
Bring: Lots of questions/stories/updates (submit them here, or via Twitter #YERTDVDLaunch or Facebook).
RSVP: Just want to watch? Easy. Tune in here on Monday night. Want to join the videochat? We can only take a few, but please apply here.

We can feel the energy is building around this event. We hope it’ll put a spring in your step and a smile on your face– and maybe a little extra information in your brain. Just some of the things we’ll likely need as we continue to build the world we want to see.

Looking forward to tonight!
Mark, Ben, and Julie

P.S. Please share this with friends! Here’s a blurb you can send around:

The team from “YERT – Your Environmental Road Trip,” ( is celebrating the release of their award-winning eco-docu-comedy feature film DVD with distributor First Run Features, by hosting a live videochat party online at – broadcast via YouTube for anybody to watch around the world – on 12/10/12 at 9:00pm – midnight EST. Filmmakers Mark and Ben will be bringing on several guests, including Solar Roadways founder Scott Brusaw, not to mention and YERTmom Julie Evans, and even YERTbaby Bailey – who was conceived during the road trip! You are also encouraged to submit news stories or questions you’d like them to address live during the show – with the most awesome submitters getting invitations to join the live show. Find all this info and more, including a pre-party teaser video, at .


Our work is supported when you watch or screen the film!

Click here to host a screening.

Click here to watch the film online right now (PC/Mac/iPad/iPhone/iPod/Android).

Click here to buy the DVD – now 35% off.