Green movies. This is a growing database of movies on global warming, climate change, energy use and more. It also includes some of the best science fiction movies and other films with an angle on our changing world. A growing number of new movies. Some going back as far as 1927.
Many of these movies are great educational tools and make great gifts at any time.
Kids movies are indicated by ** displayed next to their titles. That's not to say that other listed movies are not for kids of course. For examp,le, take The Life Of Birds, or Attenborough's 'Planet'.
Global warming is the biggest world-wide threat in anyone's experience. Because it's not part of the historical experience of humanity, it remains so hard to get meaningful action on climate change. Film art can shock us into action through dystopian visions, by exposing values and practices, and through offering alternative visions to which we may aspire.
Some people do 'green movie nights', where a group of people put one one or more green movies as a fund raiser, set up a discussion, or just use it as a basis for a 'Green Party !' Hey, why not fiddle why Rome burns?
This Great Green Movies Guide is also yours because you can add your suggestions for what green movies should be on this list. You can do that here.
Which "Green Movies" Are Green - And "Great"?
Great Question. For many it is obvious, for others I've thought there was some angle in the movie on trends or social values that reflect on our changing world.
Take "The Day After Tomorrow" or the educational 'classic' "An Inconvenient Truth." Obvious. To Me.
Or older movies, like "Logan's Run", "Blade Runner", "The Man Who Fell To Earth" or "Soylent Green."
Then there are "spiritual movies", giving us glimpses of our deepest inner nature, and lifting veils on endless possibilities. All are obvious candidates for the title "green movies". But that's just my view. What's yours?
It's OK To Have A Laugh Too.
And, heck why be serious all the time. There are some great movies that make us laugh at ourselves, our greed, our fears, our vulnerability. Some examples are "Being There" and "Forrest Gump." I know, they're not really global warming movies but they put a smile on your face and make you "think" about what is important in life, don't they.
Without a laugh a sustainable world is impossible. The global warming pickle IS serious but we should avoid talking ourselves into a hole. That's why I think a bit of escapism - of the greenest kind of course - is a good thing.
Here is Leonardo Di Capricio's film The 11th Hour trailer...
Help Build The Great Green Movies Guide
This is just my personal take on green movies. Undoubtedly there are more. Why not tell me here about your "Great Green Movie" nomination and why it should make the list?
There are some great free online movies too that you could classify into the "green movies" category as well as DVD's.
There are some great older green movies. Sometimes hard to find movies. Take "Mon Oncle" by Jacques Tati, where Mr Hulot explores the high-tech world of his surban family – in 1958. Hilarious, I think. Full of the gadgetry of 21st century life.
Or take "The Mysterious Island", after the book by Jules Vernes, which predicts the advent of "water fuel", now powering the hydrogen gas generator-driven car!
Keep an eye out for upcoming science fiction movies too in adding green movies candidates to my list.
Besides the great Green Movies Guide there are a couple of unique green movies Cinema Circles I'd like to draw your attention to. These two are part of the Institute Of Noetic Sciences (IONS). You won't find these movies anywhere else. Some wonderful movies though that have received awards and great reviews at film festivals all over the world but are not (yet!) mainstream. AES is very happy to include them here on the Great Green Movies Guide.
Search for it on Amazon.com. For example, at the time of writing "Crisis As Opportunity: Living Better on a Hotter Planet (2007), by Elisabet Sahtouris seems to be available here only. Did you know that you can instantly view and/or download many movies on Amazon? Look for that option in the movie's description page.
Somebody might help you locate it...
What's Your Greatest Green Movie?
Is your greatest green movie not in the database? Nominate it with your reasons why it should be included. Cannot find it? Ask for it. Or maybe you have your own great green movie to promote. Share it!
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