Movies that are about the environment have been coming out for quite some time now. Some could say that the movie Volcano and Sharknado are about climate change, but those might be stretches. There are several climate change movies available on YouTube, Netflix, and various streaming platforms.
Climate change movies aren’t always explicitly about climate change. Sometimes the best movies about climate change are subtle and reflect the surreal reality we live in. These films respect the wild reality that is climate change and work to further educate folks on the insidious ways we contribute to climate change daily.
We have searched the internet to bring you interesting climate change movies, hence this list of six different movies that we think represent climate change wonderfully.
In the movie Interstellar, a group of explorers travels through a wormhole in space to try and ensure humanity’s survival. Throughout the movie, the cast travels from planet to planet searching for a hospitable place for Earth’s people to move to. The entire plot is driven by the main character’s desire to flee the Earth.
The Earth is not in a good place throughout the movie Interstellar. There is an increasingly global climate crisis with changing weather patterns and worldwide food shortages. Although interstellar never blatantly says it is about climate change, the effects of climate change are hard to miss throughout the movie.
Interstellar brings out the fear that eventually this planet will become unsustainable, especially if we do not take steps to treat our environment better. Even if we find a new planet to inhabit, we may still run into issues of climate change on those planets. Understanding the climate and working with the climate is key to fixing climate change.
Interstellar handles the subplot of climate change well and respects the viewer’s integrity throughout the film.
A movie that deals with the effects of climate change head-on are the movie Snowpiercer. Snowpiercer begins in 2014 when an attempt to counteract global warming through geo-climate engineering fails horribly.
The backfire of this attempt to fix global warming thrusts the Earth into another Ice Age. Virtually all life on the planet dies, except for life onboard the Wilford transport magnate’s Snowpiercer train.
By the year 2031, all huma-OFFICIAL-MOVIEn life is essentially on the Snowpiercer train.
Life isn’t great, however, as there is a huge class discrepancy on the Snowpiercer train. Those who are at the front of the train are considered a higher class. These individuals have access to better food, entertainment, and lives. These folks also consume a lot of the energy that is required to run the train.
On the other hand, some folks live on the back of the train in extreme poverty. These people are treated terribly. Snowpiercer revolves around the revolt of these people to reclaim their rights.
This movie is explicitly about climate change and the systems that are currently in place that contribute to why we currently have issues with climate change. Corporate greed, malpractices, and elitism are all to blame for climate change. These reasons eerily parallel our reality in which climate change is created because we refuse to collectively think about what happens when our resources are gone.
The Snowpiercer train is powered by a perpetual-motion engine. The folks at the front of the training claim that it can run forever. Snowpiercer’s focus on the different classes and the eventual wildness of a perpetually moving engine speak clearly to climate change.
If you are someone interested in an excellent movie about the social impacts of climate change in a post-apocalyptical society, then the movie Snowpiercer is for you.
3. Melting Ice
Melting Ice is an excellent movie that is experienced in VR format. Featuring Al Gore, this movie came out 10 years after Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. Melting Ice covers the melting icecaps and drifting icebergs of Greenland. It takes users down to the coastal streets of some U.S cities and shows the power of raging storms and rising sea levels.
We recommend Melting Ice because of the medium that it uses, VR, to try and strike an emotional appeal with the viewer. By actually seeing the effects of carbon emissions and melting snowcaps in real-time, it is Melting Ice’s hope that viewers leave recognizing that climate change is a large issue.
There has not been a medium like VR that can stand to inform people on climate change by actually letting them experience it. We think Melting Ice is a movie you have to experience for yourself to see the crippling effects of climate change.
4. An Inconvenient Truth
An Inconvenient Truth is a documentary that was created by Davis Guggenheim in 2006. It is an American documentary that follows Al Gore’s campaign to educate folks about the real dangers of climate change. The film features clips and slides from over 1,000 talks Al Gore has given. The documentary starts with very important photographs taken from the space missions Earthrise and The Blue Marble.
Both Earthrise and the Blue Marble show pictures of a rapidly changing Earth. Gore uses these images to pivot into his main talk on global warming. Gore proves that global warming is a phenomenon that scientists have been talking about and debating for multiple years. It is not a hoax or a fake. There is very real evidence that we are currently experiencing extreme global warming.
An Inconvenient Truth looks to warn the world about global warming. By showing proof of global warming and the various signs that are being ignored, this movie has an important take on the issues of climate change. This film is also a great bookmark to show the difference in the information we had in 2006 and the information we have now. The film received a sequel titled An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power that looks to further educate viewers on what has changed since the release of the first An Inconvenient Truth.
5. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power is a sequel to the 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power was filmed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk in 2017. The movie revolves around Al Gore’s ongoing campaign to combat global warming and climate change. The movie follows Al Gore as he tries to persuade governmental leaders of the benefits of investing in renewable energy.
Ultimately, the documentary sees Al Gore’s campaign as a success showing how far the work of multiple folks has done that led to the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2016. The Paris Climate Agreement is essentially a doctrine in which nations agree to lower carbon emissions and foster climate resilience.
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power does an excellent job of chronicling how the world views climate change in current times. We recommend you watch this movie after seeing An Inconvenient Truth so that you have a good understanding of how the world has received talks of climate change over the past 10 years.
Godzilla is one of the ultimate Japanese movie franchises that deals with climate change. Climate change is seen as being impacted by military weapons that are used throughout the world. After the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world could never return from that action. During an atomic bomb testing in the Pacific, a lizard was irradiated, eventually growing to become Godzilla.
Godzilla represents human folly that directly results in creating a monster. Godzilla is created by war and climate change. As a being of destruction, Godzilla destroys various cities to lower the amount of pollution on Earth. Even the director of the recent 2014 Godzilla movie, Gareth Edwards, claims that Godzilla is a ”god” protecting mankind against climate change.
From documentaries chronicling real-world actions that are taken to combat climate change and global warming to a giant radioactive lizard that acts as a protector of the Earth, many films tackle climate change.
It is apparent from the movies currently on the market that there are multiple approaches to handling climate change. You can be as clear and concise as possible, or you can be subtle. Either way, the end goal is to inform the population on the reality of climate change.
We have reached a point where climate change is no longer a theory or a joke. Climate change is very real. The movies we have mentioned are six excellent movies that show how we understand climate change in contemporary society.
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