Get the family together and check out these environmentally focused films
In the same way that Hollywood blockbusters provide audiences with picture-perfect escapism, powerful and insightful documentaries can entertain, inspire change and motivate entire movements. Here are six eco-tastic options to check out this Earth Day (April 22).
As the world’s population continues to grow, sustainable food sources are becoming harder and harder to find. Enter: insects! In this fun, funny and educational film for both foodies and environmentalists alike, chef Ben Reade teams with food-science expert Josh Evans to explore insect protein in global cuisine, and the likelihood that crickets, ants, grubs and other bugs will become common ingredients on dinner plates in the very near future.
In 2012, director Jeff Orlowski wowed the world with his award-winning, eye-opening film Chasing Ice. This time around, he and a dedicated team of divers – including The Ocean Agency founder Richard Vevers and self-proclaimed “coral nerd” Zack Rago – deliver an equally stunning film examining how climate change and rising water temperatures are causing devastating bleaching (or “death”) of the world’s coral reefs.
Both Chasing Ice and Chasing Coral are available on Netflix.
Earth: One Amazing Day
On Earth Day, why not celebrate the majesty and wonder of the planet we – and all manner of living creatures – call home? Jam-packed with jaw-droppingly gorgeous cinematography and narrated by Robert Redford, this 100% Fresh family-friendly nature film criss-crosses the globe during the course of 24 hours to visit some of the most beautiful and remote locations around the world, and the animals, birds, reptiles and insects who live there.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Infused with an underlying sense of hope, this follow-up to 2006’s An Inconvenient Truth builds on its predecessor’s foundation and follows former U.S. vice president Al Gore as he embarks on an environmental crusade around the globe. His mission? To raise awareness and (hopefully) spur change worldwide by encouraging international leaders to adopt renewable energy and support the Paris climate agreement.
Available on Rogers on Demand (Channel 100).
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
The amount of food wasted in the developed world in a single day is staggering and its impact on climate change shocking, but this insightful doc doesn’t just dwell on the problem: it offers a series of easy-to-adopt everyday solutions. Celebrity chefs – including Anthony Bourdain – and an array of food-waste warriors from around the world share tips on improving the way we eat and reducing waste, one forkful at a time.
Available on iTunes and CBC.ca.
What Lies Upstream
Director Cullen Hoback (Terms and Conditions May Apply) is a super-smart provocateur, and his latest investigative thriller exposes the corruption, coverups and rampant contamination that result when a chemical company’s faulty tank leaks toxic waste into a Charleston, West Virginia, river. With one astonishing revelation after another, the film exposes the harsh realities of this and other water crises currently unfolding in the United States.
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