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Marking Earth Day Through Film

Earth Day is on the 22nd of April and its purpose is to raise awareness and support for environmental protection. 

 

This year's Earth Day theme is Planet Vs Plastics; a campaign to end plastics for the sake of human and planetary health. It calls for a 60% reduction in the production of all plastics by 2040.

 

But how does this link to Film? 

 

INTO Film explain that:

Film, coupled with discussion and action, can be an inspiring medium for change. From spotlighting regions with diverse ecosystems, or with abundant natural resources, to amazing species of all kinds, film can open doors to regions of our Earth that we might never see or visit for ourselves.

 

Film and documentary can also tell stories of the inspiring people who are dedicating themselves to activism and uncovering hidden truths, which can in turn help people to take knowledge and activism into their own communities. 

 

Our Earth requires urgent action, both big and small, to create lasting and effective change.

 

Using film to highlight issues around the environment can be a valuable way of spreading information, inspiring young people to make positive changes, and encouraging activism to better preserve our beautiful Earth. 

 

Here are some films that help to highlight these issues:

 

  • The Lorax (2012)

  • Elemental (2023)

  • The Sea Beast (2022)

  • The Martian (2015)

  • Wall-E (2008)

  • Bee Movie (2007)

  • Finding Nemo (2003)

  • Happy Feet (2006) 

  • A Bug's Life (1998) 

 

As you watch films like these, consider how elements of film, such as cinematography and mise-en-scene, help to highlight environmental issues. 

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