So, it’s Earth Day and we have nothing else to do than to preach a quote on Facebook or twitter. Even worse, we just get a list of movies related to environment and pretend as if we have always been pro-environmentalist. Hehehe.
But to be honest, we really do care about the environment. This is where home is and this is where family are. Caring about protecting is the first step towards implementing environment friendly activities in our life but, we do need a push here and there sometimes, a motivation for us to start protecting our environment and save Mother Earth.
Without further ado, check out this list of movies that raise issues about environment and the effects of environmental degradation. Maybe this year, we really will take the next step to start protecting the environment.
1. The True Cost (2015)
The most powerful documentary that has come of late is The True Cost. It gives a detail of how the fashion trends is making an impact on the rest of the world. The west may have created the designs but it’s the east that makes it – but at what cost? This documentary does not only explore the exploitation of poor population but it makes some strong statements about the piling landfills, ultimately making huge impact on the environment!
2. Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
One of my friends has an electric scooter and she keeps on telling me I should get one too but I always tell her, what am I supposed to do when the battery runs out? What if I don’t have a backup? There are times when we get worried if she will even reach home in time. It makes me wonder, how come we have a electronic maid robot we can’t even trust to drive an electric car? Well, this documentary film gives quite some insights on what must have or definitely had happened?
3. The 11th Hour (2007)
The 11th Hour is a documentary that explores about the relationship between humans and nature, and one of the major negative effect – Global Warming. How can we try to reverse the effect? By taking the first step – being socially responsible. And if I say Leonardo DiCaprio created, produced, co-wrote and narrated this documentary; I am sure many of you will definitely make this your next “Movies to Watch” list. The influence Leo has is a major advantage to bring a larger audience towards environmental issues.
4. Interstellar (2014)
At the end of the day, what is the most important thing? – FOOD! But imagine a future when agriculture, when farming is getting increasingly difficult. The earth is less habitable every passing moment, human lives are at stake and there is no choice but to look for another home planet. This movie is another in a long list of movies which warns us of the earth’s desolate in the future and the only option available for human survival is to live in another planet.
5. Wall-E (2008)
Who can even forget Wall-E and his pursuit of Eva? A love story between two human-made robots in a world where people are not even living anymore. Excessive garbage pile up resulted in the evacuation of humans to space in a starliner. If consumerism and our negligence continues, our own fate is not far from the portrayal in the movie but the worst part is we may not have anywhere else to go too. What then?
6. The Cove (2009)
The Cove is a documentary film aimed at the dolphin hunting practices in Japan. It analyses and questions the unethical and harmful practices of dolphin hunting as well as make awareness about the health hazard of mercury poisoning from dolphin meat. Though this documentary may be targeted at Dolphin Hunting in Japan, it is not far from the harsh reality of the meat industry worldwide.
7. The Lorax (2012)
The Lorax is a take on deforestation and the effects of deforestation. Since our school days, we have been taught about causes and effects of deforestation but we also know that wood can be carved into beautiful things. The greedy tendency that we have, we tend to look at the bright side than the right side. Nevertheless, watching The Lorax is a good watch for young children to start realizing the importance of forests.
8. Erin Brockovich (2000)
Erin Brockovich is a biographical story of a woman’s fight against a huge energy corporation who has polluted the water supply of a residential area. Its effects is cancerous and dangerous. This inspirational story of how an individual protested and challenged the big corporations is a must watch.
9. Happy Feet (2006)
We can’t stop gushing over the cuteness of the baby penguins, especially when one of the penguin starts rapping on his first day at penguin school but it’s not so cute anymore when humans’ over-fishing affects the penguins’ fishing season. The movie has subtly raised issues of the effects of environmental imbalance.
10. The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
A list on Earth Day could not be complete without The Day After Tomorrow. As school kids, every science teacher referred to this movie and every time we were taken to the conference hall to watch a movie, this movie would turn up. Never mind the countless times we had to watch it on TV too. Nevertheless, it has created quite on impression on our generation – global warming is a reality and we are slowly succumbing to the effects.
Have Fun! Start protecting the environment!
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– Jasina Gurung