Hi, Josh here from Ocean Bottle and I want to shine a light on a few films that I think can help anyone and everyone get more knowledgeable and equipped to deal with Climate Change. In my opinion, film has the power to move people to action more than anything else and what a better thing to do whilst we're hibernating during this weird time.
Sometimes it might feel like the way to make a substantial environmental impact is by getting out onto a local beach and collecting several bags full of rubbish.
Alternatively, keeping up to date with the latest damning news article (a firm favorite of mine) or digesting a pretty intimidating IPCC report are both great ways to educate oneself. But they aren’t the only options. Through this post, I want to recommend a few films to watch, which will help to bring you up to speed on some of the environmental issues occurring around the world by going deeper into key issues and often providing an insight the news broadcasters just can’t get to.
Everyone’s seen Blue Planet and it’s moved people to action like no other but besides David Attenborough’s latest masterclass, many still see there as being a fairly narrow range of interesting environmental films on the market. Below is a small collection of my recommended top environmental clicks; we will start with the more broadly focused content then we will narrow it down to Ocean specific content.
First up, come from the influential CELEBRITY endorsed documentaries by Leonardo DiCaprio and the impressive Al Gore, ‘The 11th Hour’ and ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ respectively. These two films are a great place to get started on the journey, with them being easily understood.
If you are interested in learning more about the impact of MEAT CONSUMPTION then ‘Cowspiracy’ is a must-see. (This has been fairly criticised in the past due to its use of selective facts – acknowledging this, I still see it as a worth a watch.) On a slightly less environmental and more humanist note, I would also highly recommend the popular Netflix documentary ‘Game Changers.’
In terms of the effects of FAST FASHION, ‘The True Cost’ by Andrew Morgan defiantly exposes the fashion industries damaging effect on both the environment and human rights of its workers. This film is a real eye-opener!
Alternatively, If the flavor of the month is ACTIVISM, then both ‘If a Tree Falls’ and ‘How to change the world’ should tickle your fancy! The first highlighting the legal consequences attached with Environmental activism. The second showing Greenpeace’s journey. (Whether you support their actions or not it is still an insightful watch for all.)
A docuseries, rather than a film (and current team favorite) is 'Broken' which you can find on Netflix. The series shows how negligence and deceit in the production and marketing of popular consumer items can and has resulted in the most terrible of outcomes.
Now for the oceans….
For more OCEAN specific films, I would highly recommend a couple that I saw at an Ocean awareness film screening down in Cornwall last summer.
The first film ‘A Plastic Wave’ is an education piece from Dave Muir. Dave is a local surf school owner and father from Sennen Cove, who determined to find out more about the plastic pollution in our oceans, travelled to India to create this educational film to raise awareness of how we need to turn the tide on plastic pollution at its source.
Overall this is a really well put together educational film, showing that the plastic problem is a global issue that we all face. Dave’s message hits home through some scenic shots and a variety of facts and figures to make the hair on the back of your neck prick up!
This Is a very useful 29 minutes that you won't regret.
Next up is ‘North of the Sun’ by Inge Wegge and Jørn Ranum, that tells the story of two Norwegian surfers in their twenties who set off north of the arctic circle to a remote bay in search of waves. This is a truly funny diary of two very crazy people, which also makes a serious point on plastic waste. The film is in Norwegian with English subtitles and was ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I HAVE EVER WATCHED. I was completely absorbed by both Inge and Jorn’s personalities as they undertook their trip and have re-watched it several times since. The boys set off with the intention of surfing and living in solitude north of the arctic circle, building a shelter in the summer out of driftwood and rubbish that had washed up on shore over the years. They managed to create a log cabin which kept them warm during the bleak arctic winter, (when I say warm, I more mean just warm enough to stay alive!)
By the end of the trip not only had they surfed some of the coldest waves on the earth with little to no light, they had also collected 3 tonnes of plastic from their remote arctic beach. PRETTY IMPRESSIVE RIGHT!! The ending encapsulates the whole feel and tone of the film perfectly when Jorn jokes to Inge that the rubbish collection company who they had organised to collect all the waste would probably just dump it out at sea again.
This is a must-see! If not just for the pure pleasure of watching an incredible journey of two compelling people interacting with the Ocean.
I should add that many of these films face criticism, one needs to be aware when reading through reviews that most of this criticism is from individuals with vested interests, so use your judgment! !
Thank you for reading and I hope I have given you some inspiration to settle down and watch one of the films above.
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