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Videos we like: Our favorite environment documentaries for Earth Day
As we prepare for life after the pandemic, the inspiration of the great outdoors calls. These 7 environment documentaries are essential Earth Day watching.
Seven inspiring stories for Earth Day 2021
This time last year, much of the world was in lockdown. Now, we move towards a new normal of roaming freely in the great outdoors. But spare a thought for the future of nature. While we've been battling lousy Zoom connections, the environment is under threat from plastic pollution, overfishing and more.
But technological advancements and our renewed appreciation of nature mean hope is on the horizon. This Earth Day, we've picked seven environmental documentaries showing incredible responses to our world's most pressing issues. Which one moves you the most?
Directed by Ali Tabrizi
After this poignant examination of the global fishing industry, sustainable fisheries and ocean destruction, you may never look at tuna salad the same way. Seaspiracy leaves a lasting impression.
Watch on Netflix.
Sir David Attenborough's Life on our Planet
Directed by Alastair Fothergill, Jonathan Hughes, Keith Scholey
About: ConservationLife on our Planet is David Attenborough's 'witness statement' for the environment. Tracing his 60-year career broadcasting and natural history career, he shows the steep decline in the planet's health over his lifetime.
Watch on Netflix.
Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel
What happens when brave park rangers meet dangerous animal poachers? Virunga is a powerful look at the poaching industry and those trying to stop it every day.
Watch on Netflix.
From Kurils With Love
Directed by Renan Ozturk, Taylor Rees – a Tomorrow Unlocked film
The Kuril Islands are one of the most inaccessible volcanic islands chains in the world, and they're under threat from climate change. One man stands to protect one of nature's last safe havens.
Directed by Lucy Walker
Not your average eco-documentary. New York-based artist Vik Muniz travels to the world's largest garbage heap in his native Brazil. What he finds changes him and those around him forever.
Watch on Amazon.
The Plastic Age
Directed by Jake Summer
Plastic pollution is a severe issue, but what can we do about it? The Plastic Age demonstrates a use for the Great Pacific garbage patch: Bionic yarn. But what is it and how can it help?
Directed by Miha Avguštin, Rožle Bregar and Matic Oblak
About: River conservation
Building 2,700 hydroelectric dams on Europe's rivers might seem a good idea. So why is this kayaking group fighting it? Follow the paddling protesters from Slovenia to Albania as they join locals to oppose new dams.
Inspired to go one step further? Donate to the Kuril Islands preservation fund set up by marine biologist Vladimir, star of From Kurils With Love.
How technology made From Kurils With Love possible
While From Kurils with Love was getting airtime at various festivals during the first half of 2020, the overwhelming feedback seemed to be: how can we see more of the Kurils? How can we learn more about the Kurils? How can we understand the challenges that Vladimir Burkanov is facing on his mission to protect the Kurils?
With lockdown policies in place in most countries due to the Corona pandemic our impact on the environment becomes more apparent each day. With people isolating at home, not travelling, and planes staying on the ground nature seems to recover from pollution: clear canals in Venice, reduced air pollution in China and major cities all over the world, and a fallen global carbon emission. Still, climate change has not stopped, with a record heatwave in Antarctica, which has impacts on all of our planet's climate, and countries like Germany, which are usually blessed with a lot of rain, facing droughts. Realizing how our own actions can positively or negatively affect our environment is a wakeup call for everyone, as we cannot deny the positive impacts of the lockdown on our environment. So, as the official motto of Earth Day 2020 is climate action, we want to discover what technologies may help us in stopping climate change and creating a better future.
Saving Earth with Blockchain
An important aspect of saving our future is to rebuild what we have already lost. Regan Network is a blockchain technology, which tracks, verifies and rewards ecological system improvement. Roland Harwood, founder of the Liminal Collective Intelligence Community, is very excited about this project: "They [Regan Network] gather data with satellites, sensors and observation, and upload it to a data marketplace. Governments, institutions and businesses can pay for accurate ecological data, and the results they want, from farmers anywhere in the world. It makes it possible [for governments and organizations] to financially reward ecological progress, like improved soil, cleaner rivers and replanted forest."
Sun, water, wind or even biowaste: Earth has a lot of natural resources we could harvest for energy without them running out or polluting nature like fossil fuels do. Green energy is one of the most efficient actions for cities and whole countries towards becoming carbon neutral and thus should be a priority moving forward, says Andrew Winton, Vice President of Marketing at Kaspersky. "The possibilities around kinetic energy are almost limitless, beyond the hybrid cars we're most familiar with. Devices can charge your phone by the movement of your running shoes as you jog. Kites can use more powerful wind speeds high in the sky to produce more energy than ground-based wind turbines."
We Create Change
A lot of us preach change, but sometimes we tend to forget that change starts within us. If we want to save the world, and stop climate change, we are the ones who have to take action. "The best way to protect the earth isn't technology. It's us. If we change the way we think and act, we will change the future. We're only just getting started. Technology is more of an amplifier of thoughts and actions," says Irina Bock, eCommerce Director at Kaspersky. To want to change we have to understand the value of earth. Tomorrow Unlocked author Marco Preuss is certain, that sending people in power to space to have a look at Earth, could help in driving green policies: "I had the chance to talk to astronauts, and they all agreed, once you see Earth from space, you realize how wonderful and fragile it is, and you think differently. You value it more."
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