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Five Movies About Climate Change

A few months ago  I wrote a post about must-watch environmental documentaries. I realised afterwards that not everyone would be interested in watching a shocking, life-changing documentary. Luckily, there are a few films that portray the effects of climate change.

Out of the many films that I watched over the past five months, I have chosen five films that focus on different aspects of environmentalism, such as pollution or the food industry. The films on this list are quite popular and a few have won an Oscar or two.

This list is exempt from disaster films such as 2012 (2009). The films I chose are all entertaining and thought-provoking. Not all of these films revolve around  climate change or global warming, but they do show the impact of natural disasters or mass human consumption.

  1. Erin Brokovich (2000)
    Director: Steven Soderbergh
    This is the eco-feminist film. This biopic shows what a woman will do to protect the health of her children and environment. It is a film about a woman who challenges an energy corporation accused of polluting a city’s water supply. Julia Roberts’ Oscar winning performance portrayed the anger and determination any woman would have in this situation.
  2. Wall-E (2008)
    Director: Andrew Stanton
    The cutest animated “eco” film. Wall-E tells the story of a robot in a world of garbage. It shows what would happen if the world were to succumb to the trash and dirt of humans. It raises the issue of mass consumerism and unsustainable disposal of waste.
  3. Interstellar (2014)
    Director: Christopher Nolan
    This sci-fi drama (my favourite) shows a world that has been turned to dust due to climate change, although it is not the central theme of the film. It does, however, show the looming threat of dust on the planet, lack of food and high mortality rate which points to the consequences of ignoring the warning signs of climate change.
  4. Contagion (2011)
    Director: Steven Soderbergh
    Contagion is an action-thriller film about the spread of a lethal virus. Nearly the entire world’s population is succumbed to the virus. This film is not vegan propaganda but it does show the dangers of the mass consumption of meat. You have to have a strong stomach to watch this film (trust me).
  5. The Simpson’s Movie (2007)
    Director: David Silverman
    This is not a joke. This movie shows the dangers of water pollution. Lisa Simpson (my spirit animal) constantly brings up the issue of water pollution and Global Warming but is ignored by the people of Springfield (life of an environmentalist).

Honorable mentions: The Lorax (2012) The Pelican Brief (1993) and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) (addresses the issues of animal testing).


-Kayla Shivana

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