image from The Age of Consequences

Beat Monday Blues with Movie Night

Engage in the Environment Through Cinema

Happy Monday! Some of us struggle to shake the Monday blues. With Earth Day around the corner, there IS something to look forward to. We can’t underestimate the power of anticipation. You could clean your desk, or have that extra cup of coffee, but I have a better idea…plan movie night!

Movie Night for Good

Plan a movie night for family, friends or date night…tonight! If you can’t rally that fast, plan one for the weekend, as something to look forward to. Better yet, join me in counting down to Earth Day (April 22) and watch something entertaining AND culturally relevant.

“By unleashing the collective genius of those around us to creatively and proactively plan our energy descent, we can build ways of living that are more connected, more enriching and that recognize the biological limits of our planet.” Rob Hopkins, from To the Ends of the Earth

Cause Cinema continues our countdown to Earth Day, highlighting movies on Climate Change, engaging and educational. Talk about motivation. What you learn will make a difference for our planet. Slight modifications to daily habits, like not using straws, or not buying bottled water, are positive steps. And doing good, also makes you feel good.

Below, you will find 5 movies to consider that may not be on your radar. The titles link to movie websites. You will also find links to trailers, where to see the movies and learn how take action.

To the Ends of the Earth
Narrated by Emma Thompson, To the Ends of the Earth follows concerned citizens living at the frontiers of extreme oil and gas extraction, bearing witness to a global crossroads. They call for human ingenuity to rebuild society at the end of the fossil fuel era.

Click here to see Trailer. Click here to see Movie

No Impact Man
We follow Colin Beaven and his family as they abandon their high consumption NY lifestyle in an attempt to reduce environmental impact for the course of a year. Like Reality TV at its best, as a marriage faces true tests connected to a good cause.

Click here to see the trailer. See the movie on Amazon, GooglePlay and iTunes

The Age of Stupid
An award-winning cautionary tale starring Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite as a man living in the devastated future world of 2055, looking back at old footage from our time and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance? Launched at a Guinness World Recording-winning solar-powered premiere in London’s Leicester, the Age of Stupid was top of the charts in the UK upon release in 2009.

Click here to see the trailer. See the movie on Amazon, or from site link above.

The Age of Consequences
Through the lens of national security and global stability, a look at the impacts of climate change on increased resource scarcity and migration. As part of a case-study analysis, admirals, generals and military veterans take viewers beyond the headlines of the conflict in Syria, the social unrest of the Arab Spring, the rise of groups like ISIS, and the European refugee crisis — and lay bare how climate change stressors interact with societal tensions, sparking conflict.

Click here to see the trailer. See the movie on Amazon, YouTube, GooglePlay, Vudu and iTunes

The 11th Hour
The 11th Hour is the last moment when change is possible. This movie investigates how we’ve arrived here, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. Narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio,

Click here to see the Trailer. See Movie on Amazon, YouTube, GooglePlay, Vudu and iTunes

Climate Change is Real
In its Fifth Assessment Report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of 1,300 independent scientific experts from countries all over the world under the auspices of the United Nations, concluded there’s a more than 95 percent probability that human activities over the past 50 years have warmed our planet. How do we know? https://climate.nasa.gov/

And for more on the Science behind the change, here are a few more articles and short videos: How do we know Global Warming is Real?

What Can I Do Now?

This question comes up quite often. The good news is there are steps we can take to make a difference. Forbes gives us 9 Things and David Suziki gives us 10. Worth a look. It all starts with a shift to the positive. Beat the Monday blues with a movie night for change, and take it from there.

See good. Do good. Feel good.

To see more movies in support of the environment, see the previous article — 5 Movies that Can Save the Planet.