Bästa miljöfilmerna

De bästa miljöfilmerna genom tiderna, enligt sajten Mother Nature Network (MNN)  och deras skribent Karl Burkhart, är följande tolv filmer:

  1. WALL-E (2008)
  2. Erin Brockovich (2000)
  3. China Syndrome (1979)
  4. Chinatown (1974) & Soylent Green (1973)
  5. Avatar (2009)
  6. FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
  7. Whale Rider (2003) & Winged Migration (2001)
  8. The Day after Tomorrow (2004)
  9. An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
  10. Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

De flesta av filmerna skulle nog hamna på en lista från min penna och hjärna, men jag tänker helt klart inte på Chinatown som en miljöfilm. Jag vet inte heller vad Winged Migration är för film så den skulle inte kunna vara med på en lista som jag gjorde. China Syndrome var en film som förutsade vad som sedan hände en kort tid senare i verkligheten, 12 dagar efter filmens premiär i USA. Med kärnkraftsolyckan i Three Mile Island. Antalet SF-filmer på listan är stort, vilket väl är ganska förväntat. Om Avatar har en annan skribent på MNN skrivit att det är radikal miljöpropaganda och att soldaten Trudy Chacón är filmens mest radikala person:

James Cameron’s Avatar is without a doubt the most epic piece of environmental advocacy ever captured on celluloid, and it only very thinly veils its message which, on the heels of a failed Copenhagen summit, is more timely now than ever … Nature will always win.

The film hits all the important environmental talking-points — virgin rain forests threatened by wanton exploitation, indigenous peoples who have much to teach the developed world, a planet which functions as a collective, interconnected Gaia-istic organism, and evil corporate interests that are trying to destroy it all.

[…]

Though his two sidekicks (played by Sigourney Weaver and Joel David Moore) restate the scientist as savior archetype nicely, the most engaging — and genuinely radical — character in Avatar is Marine Corps pilot Trudy Chacón (played by Michelle Rodriguez).

While still in uniform, she steals a military helicopter and shoots down much of her former squadron (and their pilots) before going down in flames herself. Unlike her fellow eco-rebels, her character has neither academic dissertation nor indigenous romance to attend to. She chooses the path of eco-martyr (the only environmentally minded human in the film to do so) for the sole reason that destroying the rain forest for profit is morally and spiritually wrong.

This is no Dances with Wolves set in outer space. (If you recall Kevin Costner never points a gun at another American soldier). With Chacon, Avatar becomes radical environmental propaganda — as if Patrick Henry joined Earth First! two centuries into the future

Huffington Post har istället listat ett antal miljöfilmer som måste ses. Delvis innehåller listan samma filmer som MNN:s lista. På MNN finns också en annan lista över miljöfilmer:

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
It’s an obvious pick, but this doc is a great primer on global warming. Its message is sobering, true, but Al Gore says that if we act boldly, quickly and wisely, we can solve this climate crisis.

Erin Brockovich (2000)
Based on a true story, Julia Roberts plays Erin Brockovich, a small-town gal who takes on chemical company PG&E after coming across suspicious medical records from a nearby town. It’s that rare tale of David taking on Goliath, and winning.Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)
If you think that electric cars are a new idea, think again. This documentary goes back to the mid-’90s to dig out the GM EV1 electric car, a popular green vehicle quickly buried by auto industries and greedy politicians.

The 11th Hour (2007)
When dealing with the global warming crisis, think big. That’s the message behind this global warming documentary that offers exciting and radical solutions from leading scientists and innovators to help save the planet from total climate catastrophe.

Wall-E (2008)
This computer-animated science-fiction tale is a futuristic look at an Earth so polluted by mass consumerism that humans had to leave it. Wall-E clearly has an environmental agenda, but it gets the message across without preaching.

Planet in Peril (2007)
Anderson Cooper, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Jeff Corwin travel 13 countries in this two-part documentary on some of the world’s most pressing environmental issues, including global warming, species extinction and water pollution.

Silkwood (1983)
The true-life account of Karen Silkwood (played by Meryl Streep), an Oklahoma nuclear plant worker who blew the whistle on her company’s dangerous practices and then mysteriously “disappeared.”

A Civil Action (1998)
In this true story, John Travolta defies stereotypes about out-for-themselves personal injury lawyers. Sticking his own neck out, he sues a major corporation for contaminating a town’s drinking water with industrial solvents.

Planet Earth (2007)
This Emmy-winning series travels the world to show the connection between all animals, big or small. The beautifully scenic shots alone will give you a renewed appreciation for all things great and small.

The End of Suburbia (2004)
The white picket fence never seemed so threatening. This documentary takes a look at the good, the bad and the ugly of suburbia, and asks whether this lifestyle can ever be truly sustainable.

A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2006)
This documentary looks at our addiction to oil and the inevitable chaos that’s sure to ensue once it runs out. The film outlines the challenge while highlighting our desperate need for an alternative energy source.

Heat (available online, 2008)
This Frontline documentary investigates how the world’s largest corporations and governments are responding to Earth’s looming environmental disaster and examines whether major corporations and governments are up to the challenge.

Flow (limited showing in theaters)
This award-winning documentary builds a case against the growing privatization of the world’s fresh water supply, asking the question, “Can anyone really own water?”

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