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Here you can find a list of great films about the beautiful planet we are living on.
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Film tip 'Earthrise'

Earthrise is a series of short documentaries by Al Jazeera which explores positive solutions to the environmental challenges of today.

While most other environmental films would highlight what goes wrong in the world, these films attempt the opposite by looking at innovative ecological, technical, social or design solutions which help to save the environment. From revolutionary recycling products, farming without pesticides or collecting waste oil, Earthrise looks at the positive achievements which are often overlooked. Many examples not only benefit nature but also also the local population.

Here you can watch one of the short films which looks at the issue of mountain top removal where hilltops are blown up with dynamite in order to extract oil. What is left is a wasteland. But a project in the US shows how these barren areas can be re-transformed into greening forests.

For plenty more positive examples of green initiatives and developments visit the Earthrise website.

 

Film tip 'Future of Food - Part 1: India'

This is the first part of a very informative series by the BBC about issues related to food. Traveling not only to India but Mexico, Cuba and Ethiopia the first episode of the series gives a very good overview about food related problems at present and in future.

The documentary looks at the environmental impact of food production, the water shortages it causes, oil consumption as well as health issues. Britain imports about 40% of its food from abroad which means that our choice in the supermarket has global consequences. Waste of food, unhealthy eating choices and overconsumption are other factors which contribute to that.

A well recommended watch...


Here you can watch Part 2: Senegal and here Part 3: Cuba.

Film tip 'Consumed'

Our behaviour as consumers has an immense impact on the planet. The things we buy, what we waste, the way we live.

This documentary looks at the psychological aspects of the contemporary consumerist society. Why do we behave like this despite knowing that it is unsustainable? An interesting watch which raises serious questions about the human psyche and our future on this planet.

Film tip 'Years of Living Dangerously'

This is the first part of a documentary series about human stories connected to climate change. The well produced film features celebrities such as Don Cheadle and Harrison Ford.

We learn about droughts in Texas USA and how believe systems can be challenged by science about climate change. Another trip takes us to the depth of the Indonesian rainforests where even national parks are not safe from incredibly fast and ruthless deforestation for palm oil. And journalist Thomas L. Friedman tries to find out how climate change has provoked the revolution in Syria.

And interesting watch, addressing some important issues around climate change from an unusual perspective.

 

Film tip 'No Impact Man'

Could you live without having an impact on the environment for a whole year? No flying, no cars, no fridge, no meat, no electricity, no plastic bags, no toilet paper? Well - this is exactly what Colin Beaven and his familiy tries to achieve.

Eating only local food and avoiding any packaging the family struggles to break through their comfortable habits embedded in their daily lives.

The family becomes a media sensation. But despite criticism and their own mental challenges it becomes a wonderful experience which brings the family closer together, improves their health and helps to spread the word that a different, less wasteful way of life is very possible - even in our modern society.

Watch the full film here...

 

Film tip 'Elsipogtog: The Fire Over Water'

Fracking in the US has become a big issue since the controversial method of extracting shale gas and oil from underground is widespread.

But a native American community in New Brunswick in Canada don't want their rivers to be polluted by environmentally damaging drilling practices. Clashes with the police and peaceful protest, the people are determined to protect their land and livelihoods.

The documentary tries to give an objective account by including voices - both for and against fracking. The film is not only about the environmental impact of fracking but even more so about the mistreatment of a marginalised native culture.

 

Film tip 'The Dark Side of Chocolate'

This engaging documentary explores what is behind the sweet taste of chocolate. As the film crew travels to African countries such as Mali and Ivory Coast it becomes apparent that child trafficking, child labour and even slavery is all to common on cocoa plantations.

As Ghana and Ivory Coast alone supply 75% of the world's cocoa market the scale of the problem is hard to ignore. But while the problem seems obvious and is supported by evidence, large corporations like Nestle continue to make huge profits without making efforts to tackle the issue.

You can watch the whole film here...
 
 Read more about the issue here. Find out more about child slavery on cocoa plantations here.

Film tip ´The Sixth Extinction`

Never before in the history of the planet have species been disappearing on such a rapid rate. Today extinction of species is about 1000 to 10.000 the so called natural extinction rate.

This documentary addresses this important environmental and biodiversity crisis which is already having a significant impact on the life on this planet. Climate change, destruction of rainforests, pollution and overfishing are some of the issues which cause the problem.

Find out more in our new film tip...

More info on extinction of species for example can be found on the WWF website.

Film tip 'Brazil: The Amazon's Golden Curse'

The price of gold has reached record levels. As a result more illegal miners push deeper and deeper into the Amazon rainforest.

The minework does not only have an environmental impact causing deforestation and pollution but has a devastating impact on indigenous communities.

Their ancient traditions are washed away rapidly by the western influences the miners bring with them. Moreover it causes a serious increase in malaria and other diseases which before had only very little or no impact on the tribes.

Find out more and watch the film here...

Here you can read more about the impact of gold mining on the Amazon rainforest.

Film tip 'To The Last Drop'

This is an excellent documentary about the devastating environmental and health impacts of tar sand developments in Canada.

The people of the small town Fort Chipewyan in Alberta struggle with very unusually high cancer rates. The tar sand exploitation areas are incredibly vast - already larger than Greece - many more future developments are planned. But the river and air is being polluted to a large extend causing significant health risks to nature, animals and humans alike.

Despite the fact that the First Nation people of the Cree have native land rights in the region they face the powerful and rich oil industry as their opponent who is determined to deny health risks claims and expand their production.

Watch the whole film in two parts here...


The Tar Sands Solutions Network is one of many websites where you can learn more about tar sand projects and get involved to take action.

Film Tip 'Gross National Happiness in Bhutan'

Bhutan is a small country between China and India with a population of about 700.000 people. It is not only a special place of fascinating landscapes, wildlife and culture but perhaps even more so for its different political approach.

Since 1971 Bhutan has rejected GDP as the only way of measuring progress. Instead the primary aim is the wellbeing of the people, measured through formal principles of gross national happiness (GNH) and the spiritual, physical, social and environmental health of its citizens and natural environment.

As a result Bhutan is at the forefront of implementing sustainable and environmentally friendly ways of living. It is the first country in the world to allow only organic crop cultivation.

The country is deeply embedded in Buddhist principles and culture, and despite being one of the poorest countries in the world it is also ranked as one of the happiest in the world - a challenging example as what we perceive as progress.

Film Tip 'At the Edge of the World'

Until this day whale hunting is a sad reality. The Sea Sheperd made it their aim to stop it and use controversial direct action techniques which go beyond that of groups like Greenpeace.

This is the fascinating story of their mission in the Arctic, hunting for Japananes whaling vessels. Despite major setbacks they manage to confront the whalers. It is an exciting story of activism in a very unforgiving environment where each crew member ultimately risks their life to save whales.

Watch the full film here...
Here you can visit the official website.

Film tip - 'Honor the Treaties'

Long after colonialisation of Americas, lives of indigenous people is still effected by this sad part of our human history. Here is a short video about Pine Ridge Reservation - showing reality of people in reservations.


Honor the Treaties | The Film from eric becker on Vimeo.

Film tip 'The Unnatural History of London'

Wildlife is more and more taking over the cities. From common sites such as seagulls, foxes and dear we get to know more rare species such pelicans, scorpions or turtles - they all found their home in the city.

There is an abundance of wildlife right at our doorstep which learned to adapt to a very new environment which brings its own challenges and beauty.

Film tip 'Garbage Island: An ocean full of plastic'

A team of Vice group sails to North Pacific Gyre to document the massive amount plastic garbage gathering in that area and forming 'an island'. Film is availble to screen online and is in 3 parts

Film tip 'The superior human?'

Thought provoking documentary on a topic that is not often discussed...speciesm.. What is it? Speciesm is a way to raise one specie over others... and looking at our history as human specie we can see how often we have placed ourselves above other life forms...
This film takes us on the journey through cultural, religious, philosophical concepts about ourselves and how this effects our life with other species on Earth.



Film tip 'Green Gold'


When we were children we were taught, that we need  clean a mess we did.. And so now when we look at state of natural environment same wisdom could be easily applied....
All over the world we can find visible examples of disbalance in nature caused by humans' actions. One of the ways to 'clean the mess' is by restoring ecosystems with their perfect, natural balance, through Permaculture.
This documentary by John D. Liu presents large-scale ecosystem restoration projects in China, Africa, South America and the Middle East.



Film tip 'Canned Dreams'

Fancy some ravioli? Even if not, you should watch this amazing documentary which shows how the ingredients for this cheap canned food are sourced.

From metal in Brazil to beef in Poland or tomatoes in Portugal, this film travels all through Europe and beyond to track down the people who are involved in the production.

We not only witness some shocking production processes but also learn about the people and their dreams. A very intimate insight into their lifes makes this a unique experience which extends our views on what and who is behind our every day food.

 

Film tip 'Witness Green Death of the Forest'

Indonesia has the highest deforestation rate worldwide.

Shot by a single person, this documentary almost poetically illustrates the impact on Orang Utans in Indonesia. The film works without a narration giving unusual and deep insight through its imagery.