Becoming educated about the realities of our world can be a daunting task, but it’s a necessary first step. Knowledge empowers and equips us to take action, and our action creates a ripple of change. So, without further ado, we present to you our shortlist of environmentally-related documentaries.
A gloomy sky threatened rain as a group of 200–300 people gathered in a heavily-trafficked pedestrian area at the heart of Canberra, Australia’s capital. They held signs and banners, some homemade with marker on cardboard, some professionally printed. The signs bore messages like: “Close the camps!”, “Bring them here!”, “Refugee Lives Matter”, “Let Them Stay”, “Seeking asylum is not illegal”, and “Australia… we will look back in shame.”
I’m often confronted with some version of the following argument: “vehicles run on fossil fuels, therefore you can’t be an environmentalist if you use a vehicle.” I’ve seen it used against a variety of ideologies, and whether it’s veganism, human rights, social justice or a particular moral stance, it’s almost always used in response to an attempt to do good.