With climate change atop the list of today’s young hearts and minds, we thought we’d try our hands at compiling a top ten list of the scariest creation care films of all time. These films aren’t for the faint of heart. They’re controversial. They’re scary. But they may spark a debate… and maybe that’s not such a bad thing. There are so many great ones, we decided to take “Top Ten Areas” so we could and add a few films in each.
- CLIMATE CHANGE TODAY- How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can’t Change (2016) [trailer] Director Josh Fox takes a dark-humored view of climate change. Selected at Sundance, a winner in the Enviro Film Fest, and a winner of an audience choice award, we’re adding this one to our list sight unseen, in hopes of a viewing copy (hint, hint!)
- CLIMATE CHANGE HISTORY – An Inconvenient Truth (2006) [trailer]- Al Gore’s groundbreaking film that told us what we didn’t want to hear: that climate change had arrived, and that we’d ignore it to our peril. Ten years later, his message is as fresh and compelling as ever. And just for fun, you might also be interested in A Convenient Truth [trailer], the 2006 tale of solutions and leadership found in Curitiba, Brazil.
- ENVIRONMENTALISM HISTORY – Earth Days (2009) [trailer] – a film about the growth of environmentalism.
- CONSUMPTION – What Would Jesus Buy? (2007) [trailer] A film dedicated to one of the big Rs of the conservation movement, reducing our purchasing intake and facing our addiction to consumption. Also, Buy Nothing Day, documenting a new way to celebrate the Friday after Thanksgiving, in stark contrast to the Black Friday shopping madness.
- TRANSPORTATION – Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006) A look at the electric automobile, and how and why they were killed… or were they? A follow-up documentary explores that very question.
- FOOD – The Future of Food (2004) [trailer] – a look into GMOs, large-scale industrial agriculture, and the farm crisis. see also Food Matters (2008), [trailer] and Food, Inc (2008) – not a film for small children, because of disturbing images of slaughterhouses and factory farms.
- OCEANS – The Death of the Oceans [watch] – available to watch online in its entirety. A few new documentaries are in the works about the plastic gyres (swirling garbage vortexes, some bigger than Texas) in the oceans – look for them online.
- KIDS’ ANIMATIONS – FernGully: The Last Rainforest, and Bambi – these sweet little animated films may tell simple stories, but they touch the hearts of children with a creation care message. As a result, they just may grow up to be environmental activists.
- DYSTOPIAN FUTURE – The Day After Tomorrow – a dystopian future world where climate change poses a real peril to the world’s people, as cities submerge and weather turns on its head. and Soylent Green – a dark dystopian future set in 2022, where the Soylent corporation provides the food for an overpopulated earth. We’d better watch out, 2022 isn’t far off!
- ACTION DRAMAS – The China Syndrome – a terrifying tale of the meltdown of a nuclear reactor. Erin Brockovich – Julia Roberts is captivating in this hero story about PG&E, pollution and groundwater. James Bond movies have hinted at nuclear disasters, and we keep awaiting the action drama with about Chernobyl or Fukushima.
Did your favorite film make our list? We surely hope so. If not, we’ll try harder next time. Our Center Director has made a film (What Green Can Be) that touches on the history of environmentalism, but we didn’t feel it’d be fair to include it. Until our next Top Ten list, be well, and keep on making those positive ripples.
Peace and blessings,