GREEN FILMS & CLIPS
The internet has made accessible vast quantities of faith-based environmental inspiration, yet at times the volume can be overwhelming. We’ve pinpointed a few excellent faith-based eco-movies, YouTube clips, web sites and faith-based environmental organizations to enhance your environmental education.
Web-based Eco-films & YouTube clips
- “The Plastics Problem,” PBS documentary, 11/27/19 (54 mins.)
- “Plastic Wars,” PBS documentary, 11/27/19 (53 mins.)
- Bishop Eugene Sutton’s YouTube clip on the significance of the environmental sustainability in fulfilling our commandment of loving one another.
- PBS’ Moyers on America: Is God Green? Insightful analysis of the internal environmental debate among conservative evangelical Christians.
- On Faith & Fracking: An interfaith 10-minute presentation on the connection between our faith and the spiritual role of water and the potential harm caused by fracking. Hydraulic fracturing, a.k.a fracking, is a controversial new drilling method used to harvest natural gas. This video complements the Gasland 1 & 2 movies.
- Waterways: Ellicott City “We’re looking at all alternatives. They’ve got to take this much further or this town is doomed,” says Sally Fox Tennant, Ellicott City merchant. [A narrator of this 11-minute televideo:] “New Howard County Executive Calvin Ball plans to bolster the Howard County’s emergency public alert system, increase debris removal from streams and construct upstream floodwater retention facilities.”
Hosting an environmental screening affords congregations deeper education about specific issues and also provides a springboard to discussions, classes, in-house presentations or book groups about the topic. Interfaith Power & Light’s Eco Film Library offers a rich selection of movies to share with your congregation. Rentals are free.
Topic: Climate Change:
- Chasing Ice – Photographic documenting of glacier retreat in Greenland, Alaska & Montana.
- Inconvenient Truth – Al Gore’s 2006 documentary outlining global warming’s consequences.
- Sun Come Up: Carteret Islanders losing homes due to rising seas.
- Scarred Land and Wounded Lives: the Environmental Footprint of War.
Topic: Fracking and fossil fuel extraction:
- Gasland 1 & 2: Outlines fracking and its harmful impacts to air, water,land and people.
- Triple Divide: Beautifully-filmed documentary about fracking in PA’s Potter County.
- Do the Math – 350.org’s fossil fuels math required to keep global temperature rise to 2 ˚C.
Topics: Consumerism & Daily Living:
- Bag It: Award-winning movie (short and long version) Is your life too plastic?
- The Majestic Plastic Bag Mockumentary – 4 funny, effective mins about Pacific Garbage Patch.
- Trashed: Documentary about US trash business and its impacts on people and places.
- Dirt, The Movie. Movie about the glorious and unappreciated material beneath our feet.
- The Story of Stuff: 20 minutes on how we make, use, buy and trash the stuff in our daily lives.
- The Story of Bottled Water: Eight short minutes and you’ll never look at bottled water the same.
There are so many important films about the environment so we don’t intend ours to be exhaustive. But, as we build this list, we’ll be on the lookout for more films, including those suitable for our young children.
“The Biggest Little Farm” (2018)
“Sharkwater Extinction” (2018)
“Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” (2017)
“Chasing Coral” (2017)
“Before the Flood” (2016)
“Beautiful Swimmers: Revisited” (2016)
“City of Trees” (2015)
“Merchants of Doubt” (2014)
“A Plastic Ocean” (2013)
“The Last Mountain” (2011)
“Dirt! The Movie” (2009)
Young Teens & Children-
“The Biggest Little Farm” (2018)