Earth Science and Sustainability Movie List

Enjoy these feature films and documentaries about Earth Science and Sustainability.

Practical solutions to environmental concerns are addressed with the hope that the filmmaker's daughter, 21 years old in the year 2040, will face a hopeful future.

Featuring leading scientists, ecologists and authors, Animate Earth makes the case for a new holistic scientific revolution as an essential step towards solving the environmental crises created in large part by conventional science’s mechanistic view of the earth.. 400 years ago the scientific revolution initiated our disconnect from nature. Despite its many benefits, the approach encouraged people to think of nature as something solely to exploit to meet our needs. Now, with current environmental dangers and uncertainties, the film articulates the need for another scientific revolution, one that reconnects us with the planet by viewing the earth as a living system, as an animate being.. Animate Earth is presented by Dr. Stephan Harding, Oxford-trainedbiologist, renowned ecologist, and colleague of British scientist JamesLovelock, originator of the Gaia Theory. The film also features commentary from Brian Goodwin, Iain McGilchrist, Fritjof Capra, Vandana Shiva, Jules Cashford and Satish Kumar.Animate Earth begins with Dr. Harding’s description of his own transformation from a conventional scientist to one who balances the traditional approach with a more holistic, intuitive view. The film goeson to provide an overview of the evolution of scientific thinking from the ancient Greeks to the Enlightenment, and explores the roots and inspiration for today’s holistic scientific thinking, especially in the theories of Goethe and Lovelock.. Harding and the other experts take this thinking to the next level by articulating the principles involved in the new scientific revolution, an approach that at its core recognizes that the planet’s great, deeply interconnected life-sustaining systems are full of meaning and significance..

A stunning sensory experience and cinematic meditation on humanity's massive reengineering of the planet, this years-in-the-making feature documentary narrated by Alicia Vikander, follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly ten years of research, argue that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.

Meet creatures beyond your imagining in two undersea sagas pulsing with sea serpents, multiarmed beasts, magnificent kelp forests and jellyfish named for a Gorgon. In the Emmy Award winning The Blue Planet: Seas of Life and its jawdropping successor, Blue Planet II, cutting-edge breakthroughs in science and technology open your eyes to deep blue worlds, amazing sea life, and animal behaviors you've never seen before. Filmed on two circumglobal photo safaris by the BBC's Natural History Unit, with legendary narrator Sir David Attenborough.

When a hurricane hits her hometown, Haley ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father. Finding him injured in the crawl space of their family home, the two become trapped by floodwaters. As time runs out to escape the storm, Haley and her father discover that the rising water level is the least of their fears.

Join scientists on a quest to better understand the weather and climate machine called Earth. Why do scientists overwhelmingly agree that the climate is changing, and how can humans be resilient, even thrive, in the face of enormous change?

Using compelling stories that showcase the many ways in which great nations and smaller communities are finding sustainable solutions that provide for people and protect the Earth, Power the Planet asks an urgent question: Is America making the right decisions for its own energy future? This second program in the Earth: the operators' manual series is an eye-opening look at some of the world's most important energy decisions, and a provocative assessment of what it takes to build a sustainable energy infrastructure. The planet offers lots of choices: what we do with them is up to us.

After an unprecedented series of natural disasters threatened the planet, the world's leaders came together to create an intricate network of satellites to control the global climate and keep everyone safe. But now, something has gone wrong. The system built to protect the Earth is attacking it, and it's a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything.

A family fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity, his estranged wife Allison, and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary.

Life in Our Universe reveals the cutting-edge research leading scientists to believe that life is not exclusively the domain of Earth. Taught by Dr. Laird Close, an award-winning Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at The University of Arizona, these 24 mind-expanding lectures offer an unparalleled look at the subject of life and the mysteries that remain. Supported by stunning visuals, this course shares some of the most intriguing discoveries that the fields of astronomy, biology, geology, chemistry, and physics have to offer.

A mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurdling on a collision course with life, as we know it. With mere weeks before impact and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler is convinced she has the key to saving us all, but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper and a conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman believe her. These unlikely heroes will mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love, only to find that they might have prepared for the wrong mission.

These 36 half-hour lectures by John J. Renton are your initiation into the geological world that lies just outside your door. "The Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology" introduces you to physical geology, the study of Earth's minerals, rocks, soils, and the processes that operate on them through time.

Presents a scientific expedition to fathom the ocean's mysteries.

Acclaimed filmmaker Darren Aronofsky and award-winning producer Jane Root present a cinematic event series hosted by Will Smith and featuring the only people who have left Earth behind: astronauts. Experience an epic tour-de-force around the globe and into space, revealing the extraordinary forces that make our planet function and allow life to thrive.

Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters risk everything to protect a town from a historic wildfire.

The 11-part BBC series is narrated by Sir David Attenborough and organized so that each 50-minute episode covers a specific geographical region and/or wildlife habitat (mountains, caves, deserts, shallow seas, seasonal forests, etc.) until the entire planet has been represented.

One of the most ambitious landmark series allows us to experience the world from the viewpoint of the animals themselves. Traveling through jungles, deserts, mountains, islands, grasslands, and cities, this series explores the unique characteristics of Earth₂s most iconic habitats and the extraordinary ways animals survive within them. New technology has allowed individual stories to be captured in an unparalleled level of detail.

Earth experts back genuine scientific experiments that if successful, could make a difference to help save our planet. Topics include countering global warming, assessing climate change, benefits of solar power.

When a magnitude nine earthquake leaves California in ruins, a helicopter pilot and his estranged wife make their way to San Francisco to save their only daughter.

A true, stranger-than-fiction, adventure of eight visionaries who in 1991 spent 2 years quarantined inside of a self-engineered biodome called BIOSPHERE 2. The experiment was a phenomenon, chronicling daily existence in the face of life threatening ecological disaster. The bizarre story is both a cautionary tale and a hopeful lesson of how a small group of dreamers could reimagine a new world.

Surviving Earth asks how we can prevent humanity from killing itself by killing our host "” the Earth, our mother. How can we avoid mass suicide of Earth, which is linked to climate change and overpopulation. Featuring insight from Prof. Tim Flannery (2007 Australian of the Year, and leading writer of climate change), Ian Dunlop, Prof. Paul Ehrlich, permaculturalist David Holmgren, Aboriginal elder Uncle Bob Randall, Prof. Ian Lowe, Major-General Michael Jeffery (ret), with Bindi Irwin.

Scientist Jo Harding and her crack team of tornado chasers are pursuing the most destructive weatherfront to sweep through mid-America's Tornado Alley in 50 years. TV weatherman Bill Harding is trying to get his tornado-hunter wife, Jo, to sign divorce papers so he can marry his girlfriend Melissa. But Mother Nature, in the form of a series of intense storms has other plans. Jo's team is planning to launch revolutionary electronic sensors into the funnel of the tornado. They hope to obtain data to create an improved weather warning system. In order to get the sensors to work, the team must intercept the twister.

A crew of aquatic researchers works to get to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory. But the crew has more than the ocean seabed to fear.

As the sun is dying out, people all around the world build giant planet thrusters to move Earth out of its orbit and sail Earth to a new star system. Yet the 2500-year journey comes with unexpected dangers, and in order to save humanity, a group of young people in this age of a wandering Earth fight hard for the survival of humankind.

Geologist Kristian Elkjord senses something wrong with the mountain that overlooks his scenic town. When a landslide sends tons of rock and earth crashing into the water, everyone has ten minutes to outrace the resulting tsunami to higher ground.

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