Wouldn't it be great to see the red carpet rolled out for an Eco-Themed Academy awards? We could watch celebrities donned in hemp and organic cotton saunter up to the stage to claim their coveted Green Oscars…. Well, we're not quite there yet. But in the spirit of the upcoming Oscars, we thought it would be nice to take a look at deserving films that taught us to think a little harder about sustainability and dig a little deeper for the truths behind our planet's problems.
Since its debut in 2006, An Inconvenient Truth has brought more awareness to climate change than any other film. Both the movie and its high profile producer have inspired plenty of controversy, but no other film can even come close to claiming the mantle of most influential green film.
Kate C. thinks that Who Killed the Electric Car? is "required viewing. This film should be shown in High School civic classes, so that kids, who are now wanting and about ready to join the car buying public can see…"read more.
The footage from this first of it's kind documentary has been reused and redone, but Abendingo R. can't get enough of the original Planet Earth: "I am blown away by the beauty of Mother Earth. She inspires me, and I feel that we all have a responsibility to..." read more.
Janet P. thinks Super Size Me does one heckuva job of supersizing our obesity problems: "Great flick. And, although Morton S went over the top to prove something, he did. McDonalds sucks..."read more.
Hilary P. thinks no list of green films is complete without a little something for the kids: "I laughed, I cried, and then I went home and composted. Wall-E made it easy to understand the perils of consumerism, in a feel good family format…" read more.
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GREEN IN THE MEDIA
The Story of Stuff and The Story of Cosmetics The first two installments in Annie Leonard's educational series from the "Story of Stuff Project." The goal of the project is to educate and empower people to change the way things are done. With great productions like these, they might actually have a chance.
Netflix: The Greenest Way to Watch Movies? With worldwide rentals shipped to your front door, and now the largest selection of films accessible online, has Netflix changed both the way we watch movies and the physical impact those films have on the planet?
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