Happy Earth Day 2021 everyone!
Since 1970, Earth Day signifies our commitment for environmental protection under various themes, with this year’s theme being “Restore our Earth”. Before restoring, it is important to understand the complexity of our precious ecosystem and its precarious balance which both, keeps us alive as well as makes our jaws drop!
So, here are 5 shows which you can binge watch, while simultaneously learning about our unique blue planet.
Seaspiracy is one of the most talked about shows on environment today. Did you know that reality star Kourtney Kardashian gave up having other kinds of meat and fish after watching this movie? This Netflix original documentary, directed by Ali Tabrizi, points out that there is nothing called as sustainable fisheries and humans should abstain from fish and seafood.
Coming from the stable of Kip Anderson, Cowspiracy is a predecessor to Seaspiracy. Released in 2014, this film focusses on animal agriculture and its impact on climate change. Available now on Netflix, this film argues that the animal agriculture is the main source of green-house gas emissions, not fossil fuels. The film garnered much hype around! The American Singer-Songwriter Chrissie Hynde commented, “The meat industry spends hundreds of millions of dollars lying to the public about their product. But no amount of false propaganda can sanitize meat.” Can you believe she said that openly!
An inconvenient truth:
An inconvenient truth is a documentary by Davis Guggenheim focussing on the former US Vice President Al-Gore’s campaign to educate people about Global Warming. Since its release in 2006, it has garnered praise for raising international awareness on this issue. The film also amassed two academy awards for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song. Available in US on all major streaming platforms, an inconvenient truth also spawned a sequel – An Inconvenient Sequel in 2017.
This Changes Everything:
This changes everything is a 2015 documentary directed by Avi Lewis and based on a book of same name by Naomi Klein. Documenting the lives and struggles of 5 environmental activists around the world, this film focusses on varied issues from oil spills to wetlands destruction. The film is available for home streaming on demand through iTunes, Amazon, VHX, Xbox. “The film coats complex issues in a deceptive simplicity,” writes Jeannette Catsoulis, of The NYTimes.
Before the Flood:
Directed by Fisher Stevens, the film has Leonardo DiCaprio at its center. DiCaprio travels to five continents in the documentary to gain a deeper understanding of climate change. If you love watching him, you’d love the movie too! The documentary was premiered at Toronto International Film festival before finally airing on National Geographic Channel. The film, can be watched now on Disney + hotstar.