Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Film Review: Deep Green

A film review from the Conscious Shopper

I was offered a review copy of the documentary Deep Green: Solutions to Stop Global Warming Now, and since I'm a documentary dweeb, I accepted. (See disclosure below)

Here's the trailer:

The director and narrator of Deep Green, Matt Briggs, set out to make a short film about climate change and ended up spending six years of research spanning the globe. The result is an upbeat documentary focusing on the solutions to climate change through technological advances, individual action, and government policy.

I liked how this film took a positive approach, focusing on the solutions without all the gloom and doom and "do this or we're all going to die." I also enjoyed learning about what other countries are doing to combat climate change, particularly much of the film's focus on the green policies that are being implemented in China. Briggs explains on the film's website:
For too long, China has been used as an excuse for inaction on climate change. The argument goes something like this – It doesn’t matter what we do in the United States, because all those people will burn all that dirty coal, waste all that energy, and kill the planet anyway. But our research showed that this was changing, and we decided to go to China to see for ourselves. We caught the beginning of what is now an accelerating greening of China.
Compared to other environmental films that I've seen, I found this one to be pretty dry. It was interesting and educational, but it didn't get me fired up about fighting climate change. Maybe that's because I already do most of the things that they suggest in the movie, so it was just another refresher course for me.

I will say though that even though they definitely took a man-made view on climate change, they weren't preachy about it, and I think their focus on the solutions, especially the economic benefits of implementing those solutions, could make someone who'd been on the fence see how fighting climate change could be beneficial for everyone.

As I watched the film, I jotted down a few quotes that really stood out for me, and I wanted to share them with you:
Climate protection is not costly. It's profitable. It's cheaper to save fuel than to buy fuel. Somehow the economist theorists got the sign wrong so we've been arguing about cost burden and sacrifice when we should be talking about profits, jobs, and competitive advantage.
-----Amory Lovins, Chief Scientist and co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute
Regardless of wether it's from the world or a nation, change starts with one's self, with the impulse to act with integrity.
-----Wang Shi, Chairman, Yanke Co. Ltd. (the largest construction company in China)
My experience teaches me that the less money you want, the more money you earn because people like you, people welcome you, and will tend to buy your goods because you are sincere...They will be moved by your behavior, by what you do not what you tell them.
-----Huang Ming, President, Human Solar Group in China
I must be very honest and very clear. The only possible way for us and the world is a higher tax on CO2 emissions on gas on oil and less tax for all kinds of renewables. You need a carrot and you need a whip to make change. You need also brave politicians who could talk frank to the population about what's needed to stop climate change.
-----Bo Frank, Mayor of Vaxjo, Sweden, "The Greenest City in Europe"
Deep Green is available on DVD from Amazon, and you can arrange to host a screening by visiting their website.

Question: Are there any environmental films without Michael Pollan? I'm getting kind of sick of him.

Full Dislosure: I was given a free copy of this film but did not recieve any other form of compensation and was not under any obligation to say anything positive.

1 comment:

Farmer's Daughter said...

Haha, even my students are getting a little tired of Michael Pollan, though I still think he's great :)

I like that this film focused on the positives and solutions, will have to check it out! Hope it's on Netflix!


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