Vital Viewing

          We often hear that “A picture is worth a thousand words.”  History bears this out.  Pictographs represent the first human historical record.  Share with your fellow members a movie or show that is your environmental ‘picture.’  Just jump on over to the Squeeky Clean Contact page and drop us an email with a short review and we will include it in the Vital Viewing section below.

 
An Inconvenient Truth:  An Inconvenient Truth debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005.  It is an accurate depiction of the difficulties our planet faces today as we attempt to cope with the environmental mess humankind has created and Al Gore’s efforts to create awareness about our climate change crisis.    Presently it can be purchased accompanying the book of the same title through amazon.com or the film alone via Netflix.  Additionally there are several websites that promote Vice-President Al Gore’s efforts, including: www.an-inconvenient-truth.org and www.aninconvenienttruth.org.au. The second site offers the movie trailer as well as an interactive aspect to foster societal awareness.
 
Journey to Planet Earth: Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilization:  This documentary is one of twelve episodes of the PBS Series, Journey to Planet Earth.  The Plan B: Mobilizing to Save Civilizations film features renowned ecologist Lester Brown and his solutions to global climate change. He brings the subject of poverty into the discussion and makes the point that until we eliminate poverty on a global basis, we will not gain control of our climate crisis.  Additionally, he notes that if we cannot save our planet, we will not save ourselves.  However, Lester Brown offers practical and intriguing solutions.  Although rather costly, this episode is available through an affiliate of PBS by going to www.pbs.org and searching by the title Journey to Planet Earth.  This is certainly worth viewing.
 
Koyaanisquatsi:  Koyaanisquatsi is the Hopi word for Life out of Balance.  It is also a film that was created in the 1980’s with a clear environmental agenda.  The film contains no dialogue, no plot, and no actors, yet is one of the best I have ever viewed.  The message is depicted solely with images and music.  A must view!  Information and copies of this documentary are readily available online at amazon.com and through Netflix.  The official website for this picture and two additional movies, that constitute a trilogy, is www.koyaanisquatsi.org.