About VideoActive Productions
VideoActive Productions was a collaborative effort of two professors (Roger Bailey and Paul Connett) who wanted to share their expertise in art and chemistry to articulate the dangers posed to communities by incineration, dioxin, and a geothermal project.
Between 1986 to 1994 they produced forty-one videos detailing the
- Arguments against incineration
- Struggles communities faced with municipal and hazardous waste incinerators
- Incinerator ash landfills [dioxin reservoirs]
- Health effects
- The dioxin issue. This was presented as a 10-part series of presentations from the leading dioxin researchers in 1991 at the 1st Citizens' Conference on Dioxin.
- Geothermal project proposed for the Big Island in Hawaii
- Models for recycling and re-use
- Composting models for the home, city, and zoos.
These videos were produced at a time when hundreds of communities across America were being targeted for municipal waste incinerators.
The videos provided information to communities, not revealed by incinerator proponents, on the risks involved with incineration and the availability of safer and environmentally acceptable alternatives.
Between 1986 and 1994 over 5,000 videos were sold. This correlates with the time-frame when over 400 trash incinerators were proposed in the US. Over 300 of these proposals were defeated, due largely to the combined efforts of ordinary citizens who worked thousands of hours to protect the health of their communities.
Neither Roger, Paul, nor the overwhelming majority of communitiy activists involved in stopping incinerator proposals in the US, received monetary compensation for their efforts.
At the time these videos were produced, Roger was a Professor of Fine Arts, Paul a Professor of Chemistry, at St. Lawrence Univesity, in Canton, New York.