Some of us are visual learners. Reading about the major environmental issues just isn't the same as seeing and learning about it through an environmental documentaries or even portrayed through movies.
I've attempted to organize these documentaries by category, but some of them span more than a single subject.
Perhaps one of the most major environmental issues, the way we grow, raise and eat our food, is definitely one of the first problems to address. Our current food system is not only extremely unhealthy for our natural bodies, it's constant inputs and land degradation is not going to be sustainable for much longer.
These environmental DVDs discuss the issues in depth and provide a much more dynamic way of understanding through their visually striking images. A few of them may not be geared exactly toward addressing the major enviromental issues of these practices but are informative and important nonetheless.
|Food, Inc..."examines the costs of putting value and convenience over nutrition and environmental impact."||King Corn: You Are What You Eat..."examines America's health woes through the multifaceted lens of one humble grain."|
|The Future of Food: There's a Revolution Happening...examines the growth of agribusiness and genetically modified foods, and their affects.||Supersize Me...an "alarmingly personal investigation into the health hazards wreaked by our fast food nation."|
These environmental DVDs cover the issues surrounding environmental degradation, climate change, the impact on our health, the impact on other animals and creatures and other major environmental issues.
They offer everything from personal journeys to scientific theory and weave an interesting tapestry of fact and speculation. While some come be fear-mongering, most attempt to leave you with a feeling of hope and motivaion for what can be done.
|No Impact Man...a family's attempt to live in the middle of New York City with as little environmental impact as possible.||Tapped..."an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water."|
|Dirt! The Movie..."an astonishing, humorous and substantial look at the glorious and unappreciated ground beneath our feet."||Fuel..."an in-depth personal journey into America's dependence on foreign oil."|
|Who Killed The Electric Car?...explores the history of the electric car, from conception to early demise.||An Inconvenient Truth..."makes the compelling case that global warming is real, man-made, and its effects will be cataclysmic if we don't act now."|
|The 11th Hour..."explores the conditions of humans and nature, and offers solutions for the future."||Planet in Peril..."comprehensive, high-definition 3-hour documentary that examines our changing planet."|
|Human Footprint..."demonstrates an average human life today and how everything we do has impact on the world around us."||Trashed..."provocative investigation of one of the fastest growing industries in North America.: The garbage business."|
|Blue Gold: World Water Wars..."examines the problems created by the privatization and commoditization of water."||The Cove...a shocking documentary as activists attempt to uncover the atrocities to dolphins happening in Japan.|
Peak oil is the theory of diminishing access to oil and the adverse affects on our environment and society. Proponents tend to discuss the major environmental issues around drilling and degradation, as well as social impacts of "running out."
These environmental dvds take a deeper look at the issues surrounding crude oil and our excessive use of it. You can find more peak oil information here.
|The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of......suburbia could turn out to be the worst thing to ever happen to us.||A Crude Awakening - The Oil Crash..."a rock-solid argument that the era of cheap oil is in the past."|
|Crude Impact..."It took hundreds of millions of years for petroleum to form on Earth. It took just 150 years for human beings to bleed the planet of roughly half of this oil."||The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil..."shows how communities pulled together, created solutions, and ultimately thrived in spite of their decreased dependence on imported energy."|
More for entertainment than information, these movies cover smal bits regarding the major environmental issues with speculative, engaging or humorous story-telling.
Keep in mind when watching the doomsday films that in Hollywood fear, danger and disaster is what sells. These movies are hardly motivational, but can be fun anyway.
|Fast Food Nation..."a fictionalized feature based on Eric Schlosser's bestselling nonfiction expose."||Hoot...the adventure of a boy and his friends to save the endangered, burrowing owls.|
|The Day After Tomorrow...characters face global changes and "an enemy more powerful and relentless than any they've ever encountered: Mother Nature!"||Wall-E...a lonesome robot is left behind on Earth to clean up the trash as humans take to space to find a suitable environment.|
|Soylent Green...I don't want to give it away. Let's just say, I hope this isn't where we're heading!||The Happening..."a family on the run from a natural crisis that presents a large-scale threat to humanity."|
These dvds on the major environmental issues are both informative and at times, entertaining. But don't let observation be your only action. Be sure to keep moving forward with other Sustainable Baby Steps.
When you're ready for a few more steps:
Whatever step you take, remember to have fun!
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