Films for the Earth

"Think global, act local “ is the motto of the Earth Day, the worldwide environmental event that takes place in over 190 countrieson April 22 every year. The Earth Day was created 50 year ago to motivate people to act more ecoconscious. Sustainable actions can often be taken in business as well as in private life.


Many documentaries show how beautiful planet earth is but they also point out the consequences of climate change which can still be stopped if the energy transition is going to happen and the global waste of resources will come to an end all across the world. Documentaries such as Tomorrow and  The Biggest Little Farm are presenting solutions and plans for more sustainable ways of living.



Awarded by the UNESCO, the sustainability initiative Films for the Earth presents on their website documentaries on subjetcs such as environment, nature, conservation, ecology and sustainability that are available for film screenings in a pop-up cinema, for online education, in the media library as well as on DVD. The choice of products includes more than 600 feature-length films as well as 2,000 short films, among them 300 productions that can be watched free of charge. Furthermore, every year the Films for the Earth Festival takes place which will celebrate its tenth anniversary on September  18.


At the platform different categories on issues such as energy, global food, genetic engineering and seeds, climate, mobility, upcycling, recycling and waste up to water help to find the films with the required sujets. Clips and short films on energy are presenting promising innovations such as the projects of Climeworks AG in Switzerland, that captures CO2 from air with the world’s first commercial carbon dioxide removal technology and delivers the CO2 to the nearby farm to increase the crop growth in a greenhouse.



Meanwhile, in Austria scientists are working on energy-saing chips made of carborundum to reduce the energy consumption of data centers. Solutions like this are needed urgently because the carbon footprint of the ITC industry (Information and Communications Technology) is already higher than the worldwide air travel. Each user can contribute and decrease his carbon foorprint of video streaming by watching films not in the highest avaiable resolution.


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