Environmental awareness and consciousness to save our planet. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Mother Earth Day. Officially proclaimed by the UN General Assembly, April 22 has become a day to show solidarity in the fight against global ecological threats.
The celebration of Earth Day was the initiative of ordinary American students in the distant 1970. To attract public attention to the global ecological problems, a group of concerned young people held a rally. Since then, April 22 has become a special day for all who are not indifferent to environmental problems and the preservation of our planet for future generations.
Annually climate activists all over the world organize various ecologic events and campaigns. But due to the global pandemic the traditional gatherings were cancelled. However, that doesn’t mean that this global scale holiday should go unnoticed.
A lot of online events have been prepared for this day, with the Earth Day official website earthday.org planning more than 270. Moreover, they will be held in different parts of the world. These online events are dedicated to activism, education, communication, science, religion, as well as festivals and video presentations. Other initiatives include virtual protests, social media campaigns, online training, and more. The most interesting events can be selected using the online map.
In addition, various websites have made compilations of interesting articles and movies on the state of world ecology and the destructive impact of mankind on the environment.
We have also prepared a small selection of documentaries that will change the way you look at the familiar things.
1. An Inconvenient Truth
Release Year: 2006
Director: Davis Geggenheim featuring former US Vice President Al Gore.
In 2007, the movie won two Academy awards for best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song, and Al Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change".
2. Chernobyl Heart
Release Year: 2003
Director: Marianne DeLeo
This documentary won an Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject). The picture tells about the work of doctors in the international Chernobyl Children International project. The film was shot during the trip of the film's director Marianne DeLeo with Adi Roche, the founder of the Chernobyl Children International project, in Ukraine and Belarus.
3. Story of stuff
Release Year: 2007
Director: Annie Leonard
The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The history of things from their extraction through sale, use and disposal. Annie Leonard, the author of the animated short film, talks about the underside of this process.
4. Racing extinction
Release Year: 2015
Director: Louie Psihoyos
Oscar winning director for Best Documentary Louie Psihoyos assembled a team of artists and activists to show the world the importance and tragedy of the problem of the mass extinction of animals.
5. The True Cost
Release Year: 2015
Director: Andrew Morgan
A thrilling investigative documentary uncovers the secrets of the fashion industry. The director is looking for an answer to the question of how this industry affects the environment. In search of truth, he visited both the main runways of the world capitals and the Third World’s poorest areas.