As Earth Day 2012 comes to a close…
People around the globe are reminded annually of the need to take care of the planet we call home. Here is my top list of things you really should be exposed to to truly understand how small this planet really is, and what we need to do to protect it. Each of these artful expressions regarding our planet were uniformly influential in inspiring me to become interested in, and also want to encourage, sustainability.
1. Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” video to gain some perspective on how tiny we are and why we should take care of our home planet:
2. Al Gore’s film “An Inconvenient Truth” which explains thoroughly what climate change is and how scientists are able to document the changes to the planet because of it. Check out the trailer which captures the point:
3. Watch Edward Burtynsky’s “Manufactured Landscapes” which features a disturbing collage of photographs from around the world, capturing how badly we are exploiting the planet and the damage that is left behind.
4. Watch the documentary, “Who Killed the Electric Car” to see how and why the trend toward electric cars started and stopped a decade ago:
5. This one is the only fictional film on my list, but it definitely got me to think after watching it; Disney/Pixar’s “Wall-E”. The film shows what the future holds for the inhabitants of Earth as they have made the planet a massive landfill and consumed all of its resources.
Have you seen any of these videos or films? Did they make you think? Is there anything else you’d add to this list? Share your thoughts below!