The blockbuster movies are coming to a close and as we start the fall season, we should recap my top ten green movies.
10. Planet Earth, narrated by David Attenborough. Although the movie starts out by providing the beauty of the earth; the duration was just too long for me to complete. Sorry, but I did watch the remaining movies.
9. Power Surge: Are we finally on the brink of a clean energy revolution by Doug Hamilton. This movie provides numerous solutions to fix the problem by innovation, efficiency, and technology. Even a game called “The Wedges Game” allows one to create their own solution.
8. Global Warming: The signs and the science hosted and narrated by Alanis Morissete provide understanding of global warming, current and future conditions, as well as a wake up call to reality in efforts to prepare yourself and reduce the impact.
7. Global Warming: A rising storm - Warning from a warming planet hosted and narrated by Bradley Whitford. We can choose our choices, but we cannot choose our circumstances. These warnings are all around us through floods, drought, vegetation die-off of life forms, soil erosion, coral reefs being targeted for infection, and frequent wildfires.
6. Global Warming: A rising storm - Predictions for a warmer planet by Bradley Whitford explains the increase of temperature, Carbon dioxide (CO2), rapid climate changes (i.e. taller and more intense thunderstorms, droughts, wildfires), drying out of soil, lack of water, and food resources, etc. It is interesting how there are so many end of the world movies that show coastal cities being destroyed and New York City being underwater just as the global warming predictions. Although there are many forecasting techniques, including understanding physics, measurements of moisture, etc. there is still an uncertainty and only time will tell.
5. If a tree falls: A story of the earth liberation front by Marshall Curry. Eco-terrorism, an extremist takes it to another level with their strategies (i.e. letter writing, protests, stand downs, property destruction, etc.) with different perspectives.
4. The Great Global Warming Swindle, the British convincing others that yes the ice is melting, and yes, the water is rising; however, that the fact that this is based on a man made climate change is a bunch of lies. The term of Global warming is just a political approach to receive funding for big businesses. Their argument is based on the fact that the earth’s climate is always changing. Their prediction of a ploy to prevent poor, undeveloped and developing countries from using resources like electricity.
3. Promised Land A multibillion dollar natural gas company comes into a rural town during their time of financial strain to persuade the rural town’s property rights to the big company. By signing over the property rights, the big company fails to inform the rural town of the actual profits and environmental effects, such as water pollution. Does this movie sound familiar to what has happened and is still happening around the world? Well it should, and there is no amount of money that can replace the needs of a healthy human being. (FYI - no human being can live without water, duh). Any type of pollution can, may, will result in disease and/or death for all living creators. How does a struggling community fight for their rights? A nonprofit environmental company is a good start; however, the fight can be very challenging with very limited resources.
2. The National Geographic presents Six Degrees could change the world (ISBN: 978-1-4262-9302-3). It is no rocket science that we must preserve planet earth or there will be more droughts, fires, and carbon dioxide. Of course there are some advantages to climate change; for example, certain countries such as Europe’s warmer temperatures have allowed an increase of agriculture, but their disadvantage of thousands of deaths due to the summer heat strokes is unacceptable. Calculating the carbon footprint for a simple cheeseburger was also eye opening. The breakdown of each degree increase places life in perspective and unfortunately many of the examples provided for each degree is already happening. Now that we know, what are we going to do about it?
1. Aninconvenienttruth presented by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore discuss his mentor’s team (Revelle and Kelling) how they were able to measure carbon dioxide in the late 1950s and the challenges with congress, hearings, senate, round tables, books, politics, carbon tax, etc. were just the beginning. The DVD case also provided ways to stop global warming; change regular light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs, drive less, recycle more, keep your tire inflated properly, use less hot water, avoid products with a lot of packaging, adjust your thermostat, plant a tree, turn off electronic devices, be part of the solution, www.ClimateCrisis.net
These are my top ten green movies, what are yours?