I wanted to write more sustainability and environmental conservation posts for my blog this year, so I am going to start off with some of my favorite videos that bring awareness to environmental issues! I think that when videos and films are done well, they can leave an inspirational message with their viewers. Especially since nature is so beautiful and the destruction can be so horrible to see, I believe videos can certainly help bring awareness to environmental concerns. I personally enjoy watching them and feel more inspired than ever to spread awareness and help the issue myself.
While there’s plenty of videos and documentaries out there, this post features five of my favorite videos. I feel like these motivate me to research these topics further and look for lifestyles changes that can help the environment. In the future, I’ll probably make a post similar to this one but with my favorite documentaries. Since documentaries are longer, they’re normally more informational and focus more on one topic.
This emotional video for the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival features four species of animals (whales, harp seals, rhinos, and seabirds) who face their demise from poaching, oil spills, hunters, and fishermen. This video is from the point-of-view of the animals. They all start out with such hope, but you quickly see that hope crumble away as their homes and their lives are destroyed. I believe the song sung in this video is from Les Miserables (I’m not really familiar with that play though). This video definitely made me cry, so be prepared!
2) Iceland Food’s Christmas Ad
In an effort to get consumers to avoid palm oil, Iceland Food created this video that was banned from TV. Although it focuses on palm oil, I think it does a good job of showing the effects of deforestation and urbanization as well. Like the previous video, this is more of an emotional one. When the little girl wonders why the orangutan is disturbing her in her room, she learns that the orangutan had people disturb his home first. The orangutan lost his mother and his home due to the cultivation for palm oil, .
3) Dear Future Generations
This video by Prince Ea is in more of a spoken word style. It starts off as an apology to future generations for the damaged world we left behind. In the world today, many people do prioritize profit and living for today, which unfortunately pushes nature to the bottom of their priorities. This video mentions many issues, including species extinction, climate change, rising sea level, air pollution, deforestation, and ocean pollution.
I also love when in the middle of this video, Prince Ea stops and changes his message, saying he’s not sorry-not yet. There’s still time to make changes and he goes into more of an inspiring message on how WE need to make an effort to change it.
4) Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.
This video is the opposite of the previous-instead of words, this one focuses on images. It combines beautiful videography of nature-trees, animals, oceans, mountains, humans- with horrible images of pollution. It also shows some alternate forms of energy-like wind and solar-and highlights recycling as well. It does bring up a good point though. There’s so many of us, but there’s only one planet. We have to treat it well if we want to continue to live on it.
5) Plastic Pollution
This is more of an informational awareness video. This one features children, Hawaii locals, and researchers who are concerned about the amount of plastic washing up on the shores. Little kids are concerned and knowledgeable about plastic, so why can’t adults be? This one gives the message that we have to make a choice-would we rather use all of this plastic and styrofoam or would we rather see healthy wildlife and beaches?