Movie night!

Movie night!

14 June, 2013
Eco film picks
6 inspiring eco films you can check out tonight

Movies are great for entertainment, but they can also be catalysts for change, and a well-made film can be very powerful, leaving us a lot more informed and a little bit wiser, in a very short time. Here are six picks for eco films of recent years that will change the way you view our world forever, and all of which are available now online:

1. Trashed: Academy Award Winner Jeremy Irons  viewers on a journey from skepticism to sorrow to hope, with an unflinching attitude toward the vast issue of waste and how it affects humans and nature. Each year, we throw away 58 billion disposable cups, billions of plastic bags, 200 billion liters of water bottles, billions of tons of household waste, toxic waste and e-waste. We buy it, we bury it, we burn it and then we ignore it. But what happens to all of this trash?

2. Waste Land: Waste generation and landfills is a discussion that is often put aside. No one likes to talk about garbage, right? Well, this film will captivate as it follows artist Vik Muniz’s travels to Brazil to document its trash communities, where he helps them create beautiful works of art from it.

5. The Cove: This Oscar-winning documentary follows the unimaginable dolphin slaughters in Japan. The gripping story will leave you searching for answers and wanting to take action to save these beautiful creatures.

4. DIVE!: Globally, the amount of food waste generated is staggering, especially when you consider that some people in this world don’t have enough to eat. This compelling documentary follows dumpster divers as they challenge you to consider your own food consumption habits.

5. Vanishing of the Bees: Terrifying insects or a key element for our food supply? Colony Collapse Disorder is still a great unknown, but is causing an extraordinary number of deaths in bee colonies—what would happen if they were all gone? Watch this film to fall in love with bees and understand their vital importance.

6. Gasland: Hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) has caused a tremendous impact on our planet and compromised the health of surrounding communities. When you see people who have no choice other than to drink contaminated water supplies, it will motivate you to take action in protecting everyone around you from the effects of fracking.
Did we miss your favourite eco film or documentary? Please tell us!

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By: Ecozine Staff


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