How to Reframe Eco-Anxiety into Eco-Action

How to Reframe Eco-Anxiety into Eco-Action

What is Eco-Anxiety?

We are living in an era where wildfires, plastic pollution, melting ice and dying oceans are a regular feature on all media channels. Action from the top is slow or non existent despite science and activists confirming that the concerns are real and we have limited time to act. So I’m not surprised that people are losing sleep, feeling anxious, having panic attacks or obsessively worrying about the future. This has very recently been given the label of ‘eco-anxiety’. The good news is that this is a completely normal reaction. We are hard wired to experience stress as it acts as our personal internal warning system. The tensions caused tell us that something is wrong and we need to ACT.

Although eco-anxiety isn’t a recognised mental health issue itself it could enhance pre existing conditions. Psychologists suggest that eco-anxiety is more common in women and cases in young people are rapidly increasing. Caroline Hickman, from Bath’s Department of Social & Policy Sciences and the Climate Psychology Alliance, suggests that eco-anxiety now affects more children than ever before.

Eco-Anxiety and me

I for one have had first hand experience of that overwheming feeling of helplessness at the enormity of the task ahead. I’ve been involved with river and beach clean ups, including clearing up 5 tonnes of rubbish from the Scottish wilderness and organising the biggest British beach clean in Brighton after the Pride celebrations. In the network of pollution activists and eco-aware people I know the levels of depression, anxiety and other mental health issues are rife.  Is that a sign that they are eco-anxious or is it just a symptom of modern society?  I will leave that for you to decide.

Looking at the man made devastation, it is easy to get caught in a spiral of ‘what’s the point’. But there is a point! And if you don’t do something, who will? And if we all do something, wow! Imagine what we could actually achieve.

Find your meaning and your motivation but dont be alarmed if you still find yourself tripping into overwhelm on occasion.  If you notice you are doing that – forgive yourself, refocus and move on.

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Ocean Advocacy and Climate Change

If you are wondering what ocean advocacy has to do with climate change – the answer is LOADS! Many of the solutions for plastic pollution also help to reduce climate change.  But the real magic is in my favourite creatures on our blue planet – whales!  Whale poop helps to reduce the impact of climate change!

‘A study undertaken several years ago by the University of Vermont showed that whales have a huge impact on the healthy functioning of the oceans (and thus the planet as a whole), particularly when it comes to carbon sequestration. Conservation biologist Joe Roman, who took part in the study, believes that the massive decline of whale numbers due to commercial whaling very likely altered the structure and function of the oceans.

Whale poop serves as a nutritional powerhouse for phytoplankton. It is particularly rich in iron and nitrogen, two key minerals necessary for phytoplankton growth. So essentially what is happening is that whales are fertilising the plankton – which is a primary food source for countless animals in the sea. It is all a perfect cycle. More whales = more whale poo = more plankton blooms = more fish.’

Find out more here. (extract from the linked article)

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My top tips for noticing eco-anxiety and how to reframe it into positive action:

1. Acknowledge it

It is a perfectly normal response to the crazy environmental times we live in at the moment. Say to yourself “That’s right – I am concerned about the environment”. By owning it you take control of it and you can then move on to action.

2. Get Specific

This is a common problem with many things in life!  It is also often a problem pattern that prevents us from taking positive steps for change.  If we are stuck in ‘maybe man’ mode  we don’t clearly identify the root cause. When we are uncertain of our own experience we can’t find the right solutions. This is where taking time out to be mindful can really help you to find clarity.
I find with clients that it is often something less obvious that is actually the root cause of concern. So eco-anxiety for example, could be masking another unhelpful emotion like guilt or shame.  If you arent clear on what is causing you an issue I am able to help you.  If you want to work it out for yourself then I can give you some tools to do so too.
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Get Mindful – As soon as you can watch your thoughts, you are no longer a slave to them
Find a quiet spot and sit in a comfortable position, ideally with a straight back and with the supports that you need to maintain comfort with out distraction. Some guidance on meditation posture here.
Turn off your phone!
Set the intention to take some time out without distractions to sit with your own thoughts and figure out what your biggest concerns are.
I personally find that mindful breathing techniques help me to clear away the mental clutter and allow the real concerns to become clear. If mindful breathing isn’t something that you are familiar with don’t worry! Just spending this time out to focus on the intention will be enough to allow the real concerns to show themselves.
It might be useful to visualise yourself in a bubble before doing this exercise so that you know that you have resources that will help you to confront the eco-anxiety that might arise. Also remind yourself that this is a step towards action and positive change.
Identify your specific concerns by noticing what comes up: Is it climate change or plastic pollution for example? If you have several, try writing them on post-it notes and see if you can find an order of priority. Often you can get a feeling for the one that worries you the most by playing with the order of the post-its.
Once you have your top priority, acknowledge that you’re not superhuman and can’t fix all the world’s problems single handedly.  Accept that you need to start somewhere and now you know the area of your biggest concern you can make a plan of action.
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3. Don’t get so caught up with what the future might hold that you stop living

It is oh so easy to wind yourself up by running ‘what if’ scenarios. What if I can’t stop buying single use? What if all the ice melts? What if we literally drown in plastic? The reality is that

whatever you are coming up with in your ‘what ifs’ will vary from the sublime to the ridiculous and in man cases may not happen at all.

My four stage antidote to ‘what-if-ing’:

  • First, remind yourself that you have dealt with all life’s challenges so far, so why would future challenges be any different?
  • Ask yourself – what would happen if it didnt happen?! And what would you actually do if it did… you would deal with it one way or another and that is for sure!
  • Then take some time out to get present. To do that, stop what you are doing and sit with your breath for a couple of minutes. Remind yourself that all we have at this exact moment is now.
  • Find something that you are grateful for. Spend a few minutes acknowledging that gratitude and allow it to percolate through your whole being. For instance, I might be grateful to be healthy or that the sun is shining, or that I got to look at the ocean that day.

By doing this, I tend to be able to get out of the ‘what if’ cycle so that I can focus on creating an action plan.

4. Look for positives

We, as humans, tend to focus on the negative and this can mean that we distort the bigger picture by deleting the good stuff. But we can change that by focussing on the good stuff. Where our attention goes our energy flows and all that jazz. Yes we have lots of issues facing us but there are also lots of hugely inspiring people and initiatives out there too. The more you engage with those solutions and positive actions the better you will feel. If you stop and think, you notice that we are talking about the solutions now more than ever and there is a mass uprising of demand for action. We need to focus on this progress and keep that momentum going.

5. Take responsibility but be ok with being average

It is really easy to lay responsibility on others and get caught up in a blame game but the truth is that we all have a part to play.

Concentrate on your own personal sphere of influence and see what actions you can take in order to have an impact within that sphere. That could be looking to see how you can implement changes at home, within your family, school or workplace. If you want to look beyond that then you could write to your local MP or to your favourite brands and ask them what actions they are taking.

I am totally loving Jen Gale’s new book ‘a Sustainable(ish) Life’ which has TONNES of easy to follow tips and advice for simple actions in. 

Taking responsibility is one thing but don’t overwhelm yourself. It is really easy to assume responsibility for everything but you also need to take care of yourself and understand your personal limitations.

This was a bit of a eureka moment for me in my personal journey. I kept finding all these amazing projects doing amazing things and wanted to be a part of it all. I was chasing all the shiny things! I ended up tired and exhausted and not much use to any project let alone my own. Once I realised that I needed to take time out for self nurture so that I could start from a place of fullness I got my balance back and am so much more useful to people and planet!

You can’t help the environment from a half empty cup. So take care of you before you take care of others. It sounds counter-intuitive but believe me it helps everyone more in the long run. And accept that you are not a superhuman, it is ok to just be ok and to just do what you can.

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Take action

I discuss eco-anxiety with most of the environmentalists and campaigners I come across. It is a hot topic that is discussed in my podcast and an area that I am continuing to explore. By far the most common antidote I hear from people who really are at the front line of the issues is ACTion.

Any anxiety is a process that is often held up by underlying guilt. In the instance of eco-anxiety that guilt is likely to be guilt for some small environmental faux pas… leaving the lights on, using too much water, buying something in plastic etc etc.

Shun the idea of perfection because that is an impossible goal.

By doing something, no matter how big or small that ACTion is, you start to chip away at your own guilt and in turn you knock down the foundations of that eco-anxiety.

 

Ultimately, to combat eco-anxiety you need to ACT:

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Remember to always focus on what you CAN do and share what you have learnt or what you are doing so that you inspire others and create a ripple effect of positive change. If you need support dealing with any of the processes or issues discussed or would like help defining an action plan that works for you then please get in touch or book a discovery call.

 For tips and inspiring stories from every day heroes who have decided to take action tune into the Clare Talks Rubbish Podcast. For more practical advice on carrying out clean ups and engaging your community in solutions check out my Paddle Cleanup Toolkit.

30 Films That Could Change Your Life

30 Films That Could Change Your Life

The darker nights are drawing ever closer so here is my list of inspiring films which have had a huge influence on me.  These 30 films could change your life!

Films inspire as they connect directly with our emotions and draw on all of our senses transporting us right into the story like a hyperdermic syringe.  In fact, that is a model of media influence that I studied in A-Level Sociology all those.. ahem… some years ago.  You only need to look at the impact that TV series like Blue Planet II have had on conversations around the plastic pandemic.  

As an Ocean Advocate in this new era of mass environmentalism, I am more and more drawn to looking at what mediums actually create long lasting change.  Storytelling in a variety of formats, (including film) often come up top. Us humans have for millennia been drawn to stories to pass on our wisdom through generations.  Emotional, heart driven impact is what creates long lasting change. Not excessive facts, nor relentless imagery of the problems, but these also have their place.

Some of these films will require a massive eco hug after watching and some will leave you feeling inspired that there are people out there instigating change. Perhaps you will be inspired to be the next environmental hero? So grab a huge bowl of popcorn, make a pot of tea and get comfy… These films could change your life!

 

#1 PLASTIC BRITAIN: ON OUR WATCH

 

Ok so my first recommendation isnt actually out yet, but since I have been working with the producers and have now seen the trailer I can’t help but feel excited at the possibilities that could come out of this film.

It is a feature length environmental documentary exploring Britain’s relationship with plastic. It discovers a nation whose rivers lay claim to the highest level of micro-plastics of anywhere in the world, while asking what the plastic pollution problem truly means for Britain?

 Due to be released in 2019…

 

#2 BLACKFISH

This film literally changed my life.  After watching it I found Incredible Oceans – Whalefest and became a volunteer for them.  I then meeting some of the Ex-SeaWorld trainers at Whalefest and I became inspired to take action for whales and dolphins.  Within no time at all I started my journey into  marine conservation and public engagement, determined to join those giving a voice to the voiceless creatures of our oceans.

Blackfish tells the true story of Tilikum, a notoriously aggressive orca that killed three people while in captivity at Sea World. Tilikum has since died in the prison which he lived.  I, amoung many others, am determined to keep his story alive to protect the remaining orca living in tanks. I am fortunate enough to have seen orca in the ocean and never want to see them in tanks again!  #EmptyTheTanks #WildAndFree

#3 THE COVE 

This is the true story of Ric O’Barry, the man who trained the dolphins for the TV show Flipper. Since the dolpin committed suicide in his arms, Ric has dedicated his life to releasing captive dolphins back into the wild and trying to stop the drive hunts in Japan. Filmmaker Louie Pshihoyos and a team of activists join Ric.  Together, they go on a covert mission to a hidden cove in Japan to expose the dark and deadly secret of how they treated their dolphins.  I was lucky enough to meet Ric at Whalefest in 2015, a true ocean hero.

 #4 HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD

Chronicling the birth of the environmental movement, the story of eco-hero Robert Hunter and his part in the creation of what we now know as Greenpeace.  I have close friends who were very active members in Greenpeace in its hayday. I love their stories of enviromnetal heoicism and craziness.  This film also documents how the organisation has changed over the years.  With Paul Watson branching off and setting up Sea Shepherd, an organisation that isnt without its own controvercy but in a very different way.  Needless to say,  my friends arent involved anymore.

I have personal experience of the changing tides of charities as they grow and have the demands of sponsors to think about. It always amazes me how much ego there is in environmentalism.  Dont get me wrong, they also do great work!

See what you think.

#5  A PLASTIC OCEAN

A Plastic Ocean was one of the first feature-length documentaries to shine the light on plastic pollution.  It sets out simple steps we can take to create a shift away from the problem.  It highlights the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle and dispels the myths about floating islands of plastic in the ocean.  I have been fortunate enough to meet and work alongside both Jo Ruxton, the producer and David Jones the lead diver. 

It contains never-before-seen images of marine life, plastic pollution, and its ultimate consequences for human health. During its four-year production period, A Plastic Ocean was filmed in 20 locations around the world in beautiful and chilling detail to document the global effects of plastic pollution and introduce workable technology and policy solutions that can, if implemented in time, change things for the better. 

Since the film, far more scientific studies have been conducted and Blue Planet II has also created further shift in awareness.  In fact, I understand that it was because of his involvement in the Plastic Ocean film that Sir David Attenborough insisted that Blue Planet cover the truth that his film crews and him had been seeing for so long.  So in a way, this film was the catalyst for the global rise in plastic pollution discussion.

#6 ALBATROSS

This is a chilling yet beautiful piece of cinematography and a film that will probably leave you needing a big eco-hug.  In order to reach as many as possible the film has been made available for free permanently and there is the opportunity to host your own public screening of it.  To help you with your post-film eco-hug, just remember that plastic pollution is a man made issue and so we can un-make that issue! 

Every simple and small swap away from single use plastic, or brand that you convince to take action, creates a ripple effect.  I am organising some Brighton based screenings with mindful support from me so do sign up to my mailing list for updates.

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https://www.albatrossthefilm.com

#7 SHARKWATER AND SHARKWATER EXTINCTION

I feel a personal connection to these films.  I have just returned from Isla del Coco and travelled through the port at Punta Arenas in Costa Rica that is featured in these films.  When diving in Socorro in 2018 the Sharkwater ship was docked in the port I left from.  I’ve swam in the ocean with Hammerheads, Tigers, Galapagos, Oceanics and Reef Sharks.  I’ve seen the hooks in their mouths and the decline in their numbers. 

It is now necessary to go further and further away to find large numbers of our oceans majestic creatures.  Why?  Shark finning and the increasing shark meat trade, knock on consequences of as other fish stocks are now also critically declined.  

Shark is now found in fertiliser, livestock feed, cosmetics and pet food.  You could be smearing endangered super predators on your face and not even know it!  We are now killing estimated numbers of 100 million sharks a year in comparison with around 5 human deaths, which will be due to an accidental mistake of identity on the sharks behalf.  If you flap around on the surface of the water on a surfboard or whatever you tend to look like shark food (seals). 

There is no doubt that we are the number one predators of the sea and these two films are the life work of Rob Thompson, a scuba diver that was dedicated to raising awareness of the illegal shark trade.  Sadly Rob passed away in January 2017 while filming Sharkwater Extinction however the film was finished and released as his legacy and hopefully others will continue the fight.  There are some great resources on the Sharkwater website for educators so do check it out.

Educators Pack

#8 CHASING CORAL

In case you missed the memo, Climate Change is warming our seas, which in turn is killing our coral reefs.  Reefs are important because they provide a vital habitat to protect juvenile species, our coastlines and act as carbon sinks as they form.  Above a certain temperature however the coral spits out the algae that lives in it symbiotically.  It is the algae which photosynthesises, a process that provides the coral with the energy it needs to survive.  If waters don’t quickly recover to their initial cooler temperatures the reefs die.  Also knows as coral bleaching as the algae gives the coral its colour, Chasing Coral is a story about those who are on the front line of coral research and also looks at what can be done to prevent the global loss of coral reef systems.  

On my watchlist for the Autumn is also CHASING ICE, which I haven’t seen yet so can’t comment on.

https://www.chasingcoral.com

Both of the ‘chasing’ films are also on Netflix.

#9  MINIMALISM

One of the biggest ways individuals can positively impact our natural world is to stop with the relentless consuming.  We are brainwashed into needing the next X or the best Y and the newest version of Z.  But, do we actually NEED all this stuff!? The more suff I have the more trapped I feel. Get out there and live!  Get in nature, get in the ocean, see for real our impact and you will soon think twice about buying that next bit of pointless tat that will sit around gathering dust.  

This docu-film has been a huge inspiration to me.  It explores how life can be better with less and takes you inside the lives of minimalists from all walks of life-families, entrepreneurs, architects, artists, journalists, scientists, all of whom are striving to live a meaningful life with less.  It is though a strange transition period at the moment as with the rise of minimalism and the increasing popularity of Marie Kondo and her ‘Magic Life Changing Book of Tidying Up’.  Charity shops are in some places inundated while people clear out their unwanted crap.  Meanwhile, manufacturers are still churning out products and an ever increasing rate.  Don’t let that put you off though!  We need to start somewhere and the more we delay the more backlog there will be in the transition.

#10 RACING EXTINCTION

Us humans keep destroying the natural world and as we do so, we boot more and more creatures out of their habitat.  The same is happening to people to some extent, especially if you look at the recent fires in the Amazon.  As the rich and powerful want even more power and greed we need films like this to influence an uprise against it. 

Racing Extinction is an eco-thriller that examines our role in the mass extinctions that are happening today. Scientists, environmentalists, artists, and engineers draw attention to this pressing issue along side incredible footage and moving cinematography.  

You only need to look at the huge amount of people moving in protest recently. The ever imminent tipping point of climate change in mind and the aim to get our world leaders to take action to prevent furter loss of the natural world. Racing Extinction is a few years old now and I’m certain many more species have been lost since its release.  I would love to see a film coming out about the hugely inspirational Greta Thumberg.  

Any other films on this topic that you think could inspire or change someone’s life please comment below!

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#11 MISSION BLUE

Sylvia Earle is one of my all time heroes.  She has done and continues to do so much for the world’s oceans. The world would be a very different place without her.  I have been fortunate enough to be in the same room as her, to hear her speak.  She was the first female scuba diver to live under the sea a story that is also featured in this movie.  

Sylvia Earl is one of the pioneers for raising awareness of the oceans issues and has facilitated the mapping of this relatively unexplored part of our blue planet.  This film is about her, about the ocean, about inspiration and about how one person can change the world. 

Watch it.

#12 END OF THE LINE

This film has been called ‘The Inconvenient Truth About the Ocean’.  If you eat fish or seafood then you really should watch this film.  Not because I want you to feel bad but because I think it is important to know where your food comes from and the impact it has so you can make an educated decision for yourself.

As a result of watching this movie, I now eat fish probably one or two times a year only.  Some might criticise me for not giving it up entirely (I have never been a big fish eater anyway), but this is my choice and what works for me.  If every fish eater changed to limiting their intake to even once a month imagine the impact that would have on our oceans.

We are now in a world where the first blue fin tuna of the season in Japan has been sold at a record amount of over a million dollars.  Only to be sold at a loss.  Why?! For status.  Tuna (especially the rare blue fin) has become such a rare delicacy on the sushi scene that it is now a way for shushi restaurants to boast about their prosperity and to get their name up there as the place to be.  You can learn more by watching Blue Fin.

I have come face to face with tuna under water a few times.  But as with other fish, I have to go to further away and to more and more remote places to find large pelagic fish these days.  Under the surface us divers can see how few fish there are.  I wonder how much the very last ever blue fin tuna will sell for?!  It is only a short matter of time until that happens.

#13 CLOSING THE LOOP

“Unless we go Circular, its Game over for our Planet”.

Recommended to me by the Brighton and Hove Circular Economy Club, Closing The Loop is the world’s first feature length documentary on the circular economy.  It is presented by Prof. Dr. Wayne Visser, a global sustainability expert & Graham Ehlers Sheldon, a two-time Telly Award & Emmy Award winner. The documentary features innovative cases moving from a take-make-waste linear economy to a borrow-use-return zero-waste economy.

Presented in partnership with the Circular Economy Club, since it was made lots more innovation has occurred and I for one am excited at what is to come.  Claire Potter, featured on episode 2 of the Clare Talks Rubbish Podcast is a circular economy design expert, tune into her episode for more circular inspiration.  Claire has also been hugely inspired by the Minimalists film and she talks about minimising her life so she can live on the boat she is lovingly converting.

Closing the loop is open sourced and avoilable to watch for free, link for the full movie on Youtube below.

#14 TRUE COST

 The True Cost is a documentary film exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet.  If you want some inspiration before watching the Minimalists, this is it. 

I am honoured to have worked with pioneering fashion designers Vin and Omi who for years now have been working to highlight the benefits of circularity in fashion and the detrimental effects of fast fashion.  Vin and Omi will also feature in the Plastic Britain documentary mentioned in #1 above.  I am also fortunate to know the founder of a local eco brand in Brighton and Hove Ruby Moon Swim to Gym.  Jo Malone has been making sports fashion out of ghost fishing nets now for several years.  We are super keen to have her on the Clare Talks Rubbish podcast so watch this space.

#15 ISLAND EARTH

I came across this film when listening to Cyrus Sutton’s episode on the Wild Ideas Worth Living Podcast (a favourite of mine!).  Island Earth is his story and the struggle for truth between science and tradition as he enters an industry that many feel is threatening his homeland. His complex journey through the corn fields of GMO companies to the loi patches of traditional Hawaiian elders reveals modern truths and ancient values that could save our future.

#16 BLOOD ROAD

I also found this film via the Wild Ideas Worth Living Podcast.  I have travelled extensively through Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam and the atrocities that happened there in my lifetime are still so raw that it really affected me.  We are in hugely uncertain times at the moment and it pays to remember how bad things can get so quickly when politics goes wrong.   

I recently attended a talk by Simon Sinek and he used the Vietnam war as an analogy of how being in it to win it is a model of battle that just doesn’t work.  If you are in it for the long game and focus on thriving rather than winning you will generally come up on top.

Blood Road follows the journey of ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Their goal was to reach the crash site and final resting place of Rebecca’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Laos some 40 years earlier.  However the journey becomes so much more than that.  A voyage of self discovery, the women push their bodies to the limit while learning more about the historic ‘Blood Road’ they’re peddling and how the Vietnam War shaped their lives in different ways.

#17 SEED THE UNTOLD STORY

As many irreplaceable seeds near extinction, Seed reveals the harrowing and heartening story of passionate seed keepers as they wage a David and Goliath battle against chemical seed companies, defending a 12,000 year food legacy.

#18 WALL-E

An incredible film about a robot left alone to clear up earth after it has been ransacked by humans.  Us humans having grown so fat we sit in floating chairs on a spaceship plugged into digital devices (crazy – or scarily possible future?).  If you are that way inclined (like me) its a bit of a tear jerker…. The kids films always get me!  An epic watch for a Sunday afternoon sofa session on a cold and rainy afternoon.

#19 COWSPIRACY

This film has created a huge wave in popularity of the vegan diet.  Backed up with the health benefits outlined in What The Health.  Particularly poignant at the moment with Bolsanaro turning a blind eye to the farmers who are allegedly starting fires to clear way for more lucrative cattle farms in the Amazon basin. 

I did attempt a vegan diet after watching Cowspiracy, then ping ponged between being a veggie and a meat eater.  The films has changed plenty of lives by inpiring a diet change even if not to full veganism.  Personally, I have settled at being a conscious flexitarian, barely eating meat and dairy but allowing myself to have it on occasions.  Generally, I am careful where any meat I consume does come from and I avoid beef except for perhaps one or two time a year.  I feel better as a result and am a massive advocate of this way of being. 

Veganism or even vegetarianism aren’t accessible to all so aiming for meat and dairy in moderation would have a significant impact and is more realistic and achievable for most.  I applaud vegans for doing it though, especially those who are non-judgmental in their approach.  Watch and decide for yourself. 

#20 BEFORE THE FLOOD

 “Climate Change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future but, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all” Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General.

If you have heard about Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thumberg, the climate strikes, seen the protests but arent yet sure what its all about then this is the film for you.  Presented by Lionardo DiCaprio and National Geographic.

Also watch An Inconvenient Truth, released in 2006. Still no action has been taken by global leaders.

Explore some of the solutions here.

It is so important to counter the issues with the solutions so I love the fact that this movie adresses that on its website. There are also discussion and education packs if you want to run your own screening.

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#21 OUR PLANET

Netflix’s version of the Blue Planet featuring Sir Attenborough himself.

 

 #22 THE GREAT HACK

This film was the last I watched on this list.  It exposes the corruption behind the Facebook fisching scandal with Cambridge Analytica in the elections of Donald Trump, Brexit and well pretty much all of the far right politicians who have now forged their way into power.  Its pretty scary stuff but stuff that we should all be aware of and all bear in mind.  A Netflix original.

I havent seen it yet but Data Centre: The True Cost of the Internet may also be worth a watch if this interested you.

 

#23 FAHRENHEIT 11/9

In a political environment where the rich elite have successfully used tactics straight out of the Nazi handbook to gain power and oppress the poor while getting richer and richer this film is an absolute must watch to all.  Take the content on board then join with your community to take any small steps you can to change the tide of greed.

I was a big fan of the 9/11 film of the same name, exposing the potential conspiracy behind the collapse of the twin towers in New York.  This film has far more evidence and scary tales about the ‘elected’ in power and their motives and strategies.  Including the shocking situation in Flint Michigan where the water has illegal toxic levels of lead and dirt but while children get sick and die, no one does anything about it. If that isn’t enough, the city has been turned into an army training ground and you could be mistaken that you were in a war zone rather than a city that is in the country where ‘dreams come true’. A scary and gripping watch.

If this film grabs you then also check out Vice, which documents the changes in American politics which laid the foundation for this current crazy.

IThese films could leave you feeling a bit lost, apathetic or out of control.  To that I will say, never lose hope, that’s what they want!  There are many historical instances of people winning over power.  If we all campaign and work towards the greater good, I have faith that change will come and sense will prevail.  The universe normally comes good in the end. 

Not the same topic at all but check out my podcast episode with Melanie Rees if you want to hear a positive story about people power that will inspire you and leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

 

#24 THE AMERICAN MEME

There really is more to life than being a social media influencer.  It’s an interesting insight into how social media has taken over the world.

Know that by sitting and looking at your phone, you often adopt a slumped body posture that tells your neurology you are feeling sad and low tempo.  No wonder there is a rise in instances of mental health problems.  So, despite this being a list of great films to watch, save them for a rainy day. 

Its time to shut your laptop, put your phone down and get outside.  Connecting with nature has so many benefits for your mental and physical wellbeing, and you are going to need to be fighting fit if you are to help us battle to save our beautiful planet.

 

 # 5 MORE FILMS THAT COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE (THESE ARE ON MY LIST BUT NOT YET WATCHED)

#1 INNSAEI

#2 PLASTIC CHINA

 

#3 WASTELAND

#4 TOMORROW

#5 GARBAGE WARRIOR 

 

I hope that these films inspire you.  Do let me know what you think in the comments below or on my socials.  If you know of other films that could change someone’s life stick suggests in the comments too!