In our quest to modify our consumption-oriented lifestyles into more sustainable and greener ones, we spend our precious time reading about how we can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, reduce our carbon footprint, and live a greener life.
We spend time delving into the rich and growing array of articles on Green Blizzard (at last count close to 500) with all the constructive ideas about more ways to go green.
In our homes and businesses, we invest in LEDs, energy monitors, energy efficient appliances, smaller cars. We walk more, bike more, we use public transportation and drive less. We modify our diet and eat less red meat, shop for locally grown produce, eat produce in season, eat less period. We trim our waistlines and our carbon footprint.
But every once in a while, it is important to sit back and revisit why we’re making all these modifications, these sacrifices. It is especially nice to take it all in visually. For those of us who are striving to go greener, it is important that we take a few moments every once in a while to reconnect, recharge, and realize again why we’re focused on this and not aspiring to drive a Hummer. These films reinforce, re-energize why we are focusing our time, energies, and money to reduce our carbon footprint.
Green Film Festival
The 22nd annual Environmental Film Festival (Green Films) recently took place in Washington D.C.. It is not yet the flashy, global event like the Cannes or Sundance Film Festivals, but for a few weeks, the Green Film Festival turns the influential minds and power brokers across the capital city – momentarily green.
This year the festival featured 200 films from 38 countries. The film topics covered the globe with films about Antarctica, to our urban asphalt jungles, to organizations building smaller homes, to the amateur fisherman plying the polluted rivers that run through many of our cities. Comb through the online listing of featured films. You will wish you could have seen a few. Green Blizzard hasn’t figured out how to get online access to these, but we’ll let you know when we do.
Green Short Films
The Environmental Film Festival’s website has a terrific online collection of short green films that are fun to watch. Another terrific online video site that features independent films mostly about worldly issues that includes green matter is Films For Action. The staff here at Green Blizzard consumed a few hours zipping around this rich, continually updated collection.
Green Blizzard Film Of The Month
This whole experience led us to the idea of creating a Green Film of the Month as an ongoing feature.
One of the most uplifting documentaries that I’ve seen recently is an upbeat film (How Wolves Change Rivers) about the reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park and how their presence has returned an environmental balance to both the wildlife, birdlife and physical beauty of this national treasure. Take a few minutes and watch these green films. You’ll have a renewed commitment after watching it. Enjoy!