For years now, no one, not even the politicians furthest from social and ecological reality, can deny that climate change is a fact. Not even that seasoned brother-in-law, (related to a distinguished politician) who denied the existence of the disaster, would have the audacity to deny today some facts whose effects are felt every day anywhere in the world.
The UN defines climate change as long-term changes in temperature and weather patterns. Although they may be partly natural, currently and since the 19th century, it has been human activity that is causing it to a large extent.
The burning of fossil fuels and the emissions of gases such as methane and carbon dioxide create a layer that envelops the earth, preventing the sun’s heat from rebounding to the outside and raising temperatures. Energy sources, means of transportation, agriculture and intensive livestock farming are among the main emitters of these gases.
In a system and at a time when we receive information (and misinformation) in many ways regarding the drift of our planet, there are voices that have bravely uncovered and brought solutions, causes and solutions to ordinary people. effects that (sometimes due to ignorance and sometimes because it is not convenient) have been kept hidden.
This is a good selection of sources where we can find out about this topic:
1. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
It was possibly the first documentary that clearly warned of what was coming. And it was the first contact with this reality for most people. Al Gore, candidate for the US presidency for the Democratic Party in 2000 and an environmentalist, was recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to the fight against climate change. With simple language he warned about droughts, thaws, and extreme events that would be suffered in the medium term. It was a success at all levels, it won two Oscars and numerous film awards. Looking at him 15 years later, the accuracy of his predictions is overwhelming.
2. Buy, Throw, Buy (2010)
One of the best-known documentaries on program obsolescence is a Franco-Spanish production. It explains the reason why an increasingly technologically advanced system produces electronic devices and consumer goods in general with an ever shorter useful life. Is it possible that some of the business research goes into finding ways to make products stop working at a certain time? The answer is clear: it is the basis of capitalism and this documentary shows us data on how and when research was stopped to develop sustainable objects (and the opposite was started) in favor of business profits. The nonsense of a system in which the obsolete remains (in addition) accumulate in the most disadvantaged countries.
Buy Throw Buy (RTVE)
3. Wasteland (2010)
It is one of the most awarded on the list and, without a doubt, the most artistic, since it deals with the work of the Brazilian artist Vik Muniz. From humble origins, he has focused on creating art from garbage, beauty from waste, and this film directed by British Lucy Walker documents his most ambitious work at the Jardim Gramacho landfill (one of the largest in the world) located in Rio de Janeiro. . This work won the public awards at Sundance and Berlin among others.
Waste Land (Latin Sub Spanish Documentary Film)
4. This Changes Everything (2015)
Naomi Klein brought us this documentary from her book “Capitalism against the climate”. In it, she correlates and demonstrates the relationship between economic systems and the climate crisis. Two sides of the same coin. Especially interesting is her thesis on how governments are not acting if they are not moved and forced by spontaneous social movements.
This Changes Everything – Climate Change (Documentary)
5. Before the Flood (2016)
This documentary was born from the collaboration between National Geographic, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio (in production) and Fisher Stevens in the direction and is, without a doubt, one of the most remembered about the climate emergency for several reasons. It is one of the first documents involving famous people such as Leonardo DiCaprio, who acts as a narrator and interviewer for personalities such as Barack Obama or Bill Clinton. It was shot during three years of research with all the expectation that was generated around it and it has a very noteworthy technical and stylistic section, something not so common in the documentary genre. Probably the most influential documentary on this subject after An Inconvenient Truth.
Before the flood (Full documentary in Spanish)
6. Climate refugees (2018)
The greatest drama associated with climate change is the human suffering that it is already causing in otherwise disadvantaged areas. The population of developing regions, previously affected by armed conflicts and with fewer resources, are forced to move to a greater extent due to the effects associated with climate change. To this we must add that the countries most vulnerable to the climate host, according to UNHCR, 84% of the world’s refugees.
German Deutsche Welle takes a closer look at this insidious problem by traveling to affected areas such as Lake Chad, Indonesia and the Russian tundra.
Climate Refugees – The Real Environmental Catastrophe (DW Documentary)
A more positive view of the problem. Australian Damon Gameu focuses on the technology we have already arrived at to imagine a future (2040 exactly) in which the necessary steps would have been taken to reverse the change.
Cleaner transport, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy. It is something we already have; it is now up to the will of the powers that be how fast it becomes possible.
Kip Andersen focuses his documentary on the devastation of marine ecosystems. With a style of investigative journalism that leaves no room for doubt about his veracity, he exposes the mafias that lead to not prosecuting practices that are not only unethical, but also illegal.
Through the use of hidden cameras, interviews with experts, etc., he shows us how overfishing not only affects marine life but also the entire ecosystem, since the sea is an enormous source of oxygen renewal in the form of phytoplankton. Available on Netflix.
9. Eating our way to extinction (2021)
When we think about climate change, we surely identify factors such as pollution caused by industry, transport or other sources of carbon dioxide as the main culprits of the situation. Could the meat industry and its enormous power have something to do with us not blaming intensive farming according to its real contribution to the problem? Narrated by Carlos Bardem, it offers us objective and enlightening data on how deforestation is largely due to cattle feeding, which in turn releases enormous amounts of methane into the atmosphere, and how these lobbies have influenced politically to hide the degree of that the current livestock affects the climate.
Eating Our Path to Extinction (Official Documentary in Spanish)
10. Now (2021)
This is a great documentary to learn about the latest research and what solutions could be taken. The German Jim Rakete mixes interventions by well-known faces such as Greta Thunberg and questions and puts on the table those “benefits” that globalization was going to bring us. What they sold us that was going to help the poorest States has only widened the gap between countries at all levels, including the ecological one.
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Climate change was this; key movies to understand a growing problem