Earth Day & five fun environmental movies
Today is Earth Day, the international celebration of our planet! It’s a yearly event to make people aware of ecological problems and take action. This is a special Earth Day, because it’s the 50th one! The theme of this year is climate action. Everyone can do something to take better care of the Earth. Small things like eating less meat and recycling already help. Click here to find more things you can do from home. I also want to inspire you with a couple of fun movies about the environment. Even if you already watched them, this is a great moment for a rewatch!
This is a beautiful made animated movie set in the far future. The Earth’s natural resources have become scarce. A valuable mineral can be found on Pandora. This planet is inhabited by the Na’vi, blue-skinned human-like creatures that live in harmony with nature. With the help of avatars humans try colonize the planet to mine the mineral. The movie does a great job in exploring ecology and imperialism. At the same time it’s an adventurous story that I really enjoyed watching.
A Disney classic! Wall-E is an old robot who presses together junk on an abandoned Earth. His only companion is a cockroach. Humans fled, because our planet became uninhabitable due to all the garbage. One day another robot arrives on Earth, looking for a sign of life. The movie is quite slow-paced, but it’s so much fun to watch. It’s amazing how the movie makers were able to make us sympathise with a small robot that barely talks.
Bee movie (2007)
I think this movie brilliantly shows the importance of bees for the environment. The main character is Barry B. (Bee) Benson. He just graduated and is now looking for a job in the hive. He accidentally gets into the house of two humans: Vanessa and Ken. While Ken tries to squash him, Vanessa saves his life. Barry and Vanessa become friends. When he is with her in the supermarket, Barry is shocked to learn that humans eat and steal honey from the bees.
Happy Feet (2006)
This movie is all about penguins! Emperor penguins find their soul mates through song, but Mumble can’t sing. He does have a talent for tap dancing. Most of the other penguins ridicule him, but this doesn’t stop Mumble from dancing. The main message of the movie is that it’s okay to be different, but environmental issues like overfishing and plastic in the ocean play a role too.
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
This movie isn’t “fun”like the others, but I had to include a disaster movie! It shows the catastrophic effects of global warning. In the movie the North Atlantic Ocean circulation is disrupted. The consequence is extreme weather like storms and a global cooling down. It’s an exciting movie that could definitively serve as a kind of warning.