8 Green Movies for Your Summer Viewing List

By on June 28, 2010

– Don’t miss out these thought provoking eco films

Summer is always a great time to catch up on your movie viewing (though we recommend getting out of doors as much as possible – save the movies for a rainy evening).

To get you caught up on what’s happening in the environmental community, check out these star-studded, thought-provoking eco films that cover all manners of green topics.

1. The Shift

the shift

Starring big names like Portia De Rossi and Shannon Sturges with cameos from Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Al Gore, The Shift proposes that we are living in a major shift in human history – a big change in human evolution that is bringing millions of people together to embrace a new outlook with an emphasis on responsibility. Watch it to see if it fits your worldview and to get involved in the growing movement.

2. Who Killed The Electric Car

who killed the electric car

If you’ve ever wondered why there aren’t more electric cars on the road, you’ll want to watch this movie. Who Killed the Electric Car is a great flick that chronicles the story of the electric cars built by GM (the EV-1s as they were known).

Though they functioned perfectly and there was a long line up of people interested in buying them, they mysteriously stopped being produced. Worse, all of those on the road were collected by GM and destroyed. Why? Watch this movie, which features Michael Douglas and others, to find out.

3. The 11th Hour

the 11th hour

A project of Leonardo Dicaprio and Project Greenhouse, The 11th Hour is a film about how humanity relates to the earth, featuring people like Stephen Hawking, Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, and many more major players in the world of environmental sustainability. It goes over humanity’s history and the dire predictions for our future should we continue on our current course.

4. The Road

the road

Get your fill of Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron in The Road, a film that was just recently released on DVD and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2006 novel by the same name.

As the main characters journey over a post-apocalyptic earth where all plant and animal life has been destroyed and the sun is obscured, they encounter all manners of perils as they search for a new home. It has received rave reviews!

5. Food Inc.

food inc

If you’re feeling brave, venture into this important film about how food is created for our North American diet, the health problems associated with these methods, and how all of our dietary wants are impacting the planet.

Food Inc. will have you going through your pantry to get rid of all the food that could be killing you and then heading to the farmer’s market to start cooking more healthily!

6. The Age Of Stupid

the age of stupid

This is a mixed documentary-animation film that tells the fictional story of an archivist 40 years from now who looks back and wonders why humanity couldn’t solve the problem of climate change before it was too late.

Starring Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite, who lives alone in the devastated future world of 2055, remembers and grieves as he looks through 2008 footage.

7. Silkwood

silkwood

It’s an oldie starring Maryl Streep, Kurt Russell, and Cher, but it’s nevertheless an iconic environmental film you should watch if you haven’t already.

Based on a true story, this film tells the story of how Karen Silkwood, a plutonium metal processing plant worker, died suspiciously just as she was going to tell her story about the problems with the plant to a New York Times reporter. See the dark side of industry with this compelling tale.

8. No Impact Man

no impact man

If you’re looking for a little inspiration, some laughs, and a real-life take on how to live a greener life, then why not view the No Impact Man documentary.

It’s the telling of a real family (including a two year old daughter) living with as small a footprint as possible without electricity, only local food, no material consumption, and no automated transportation. It’s grown into an entire movement of no impact people – join up!

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