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#SustainableSunday Netflix movie edition...

Sunday, March 6, 2016
Sustainability is one of those things that, once you decide to make the jump, can really take hold of and change your entire life.  That being said, for this week's #SustainableSunday post I've spent the last month or so using my downtime to comb through documentaries on Netflix to bring you a list of films that I feel are truly unique.  These movies aren't only about going green and rescuing wildlife, but also share some inspiring stories about life in different places (because our hearts and souls can always use a bit of sustainability as well)!  Here is my list:

: Aluna- Native Columbian Kogi tribesmen (who are the surviving members of both Aztec and Inca people) have reached out to British journalist, Alan Ereira to spread their message about the earth: "We are not just plundering the world, we are dumbing it down."  It took me several sittings to get through this documentary, but I was really, truly fascinated by the fact that there are still tribal people who really do live in harmony with the earth.  Be sure to turn on the subtitles for this one!

: GMO OMG - Every once in a while, I go through a crazy Netflix binge where everything I watch is all about the same topic.  Back in January, the binge-watch of the month was all about food.  I watched "Forks over Knives," "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead," and "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead 2," but my favorite of the food flicks was "GMO OMG."  This film was created by a father of three young boys, who realized that he didn't know much about the food he was eating.  This led him on a search to discover more about organic food, genetically modified foods, and how everything is all connected.  This movie has really stuck with me and has made me thing a heck of a lot more about the choices I make with the foods I eat!

: How to Change the World- Since I realized that "That 70s Show" was really a show about my parents (yeah... chew on that thought for a while...), I've been really into the 70s (something about really getting into my parents' heads, I suppose...) and I've also been super into the eco movement.  This documentary is all about the beginnings of Greenpeace and I got into the far out fashion (FYI, Greenpeace had some seriously awesome t-shirts in the 1970s), the music, and the mission at its inception.

: Mission Blue- This feature-length biopic/documentary seriously made me re-consider my career choices (and made me kind of want to go back to school for marine biology).  This film is all about world-renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle and her quest to restore the ocean through the conservation of "Hope Spots," or places on the earth that are absolutely critical to the health of the ocean.  Click HERE for more information about Hope Spots and how to help!

: On the Way to School- When I clicked on this film, I was just looking for something to serve as background noise while I did stuff around the house, but I was very quickly sucked in.  As both a traveler and a school teacher, I completely fell for this 2013 documentary that follows students to school in far-reaching places like Kenya, Morocco, Argentina, and India.  I was seriously touched by the daily journeys endured by each and every student portrayed in this film.

: Vanishing of the Bees-  This film was made in 2009 (which doesn't seem like that long ago, but is actually close to a decade ago!) and details the mysterious disappearance of honeybees across the world, due to something that is now known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).  While a world without beestings would be welcome for many, honeybees pollinate all of our fruits and veg and without them, we'd all be existing on a gruel-based diet. I watched this film for the first time about 3 weeks ago and have watched it twice since.  It really struck a note with me and now I'm all set to plant a honeybee garden this summer!

1 comment on "#SustainableSunday Netflix movie edition... "
  1. I have been meaning to write a Netflix list for a long time! It's just too hard to narrow it down lol. And I haven't seen any of these yet! Time to get cracking :) I would add Maidentrip to your list. Go watch it if you haven't!