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Environmental Documentaries

Why are documentaries about the environment always so depressing?

We've all seen the graphs of rising temparatures, heard about the ice caps melting, storms that will be more frequent and more violent. And yes, most of these films end with a tiny sliver of hope that there are people out there working on solutions to these problems and that slowly but surely everyday people are waking up and beginning to put pressure on politicians and corporations to do something about all this. And yet, every year yields another crop of documentaries about our imperilled environment.

The fact is that despite all the recent warnings, an in the wake of the massive environmental disaster of the Deep Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, recent polls show that 60% of those polled STILL believe that the jury is out on climate change, 65% are NOT WILLING to make any changes to their lifestyle to help the environment, and 40% believe that legislation to help curb the forces behind climate change will hurt the economy.

The directors of the films listed below have chosen to undertake the impossible: They have taken the result of a century of criminally negligent or even outright destructive practices by industry and government and turned them into informative, and at times achingly beautiful imagery. As you watch these incredible films, remember: if these arguments seem convincing or even forehead-slappingly obvious, you are still in the minority. So watch, learn and spread the word.

Know someone who's not convinced? Hint: DVDs make great gifts.

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A Life Among Whales

$19.95 | 57 minutes

A Life Among Whales documents marine biologist Roger Payne's quest to save ocean wildlife, in particular various types of whales. Follow his journey to stop whale extinction. IndiePix Films provides the best independent movies and top independent films online. Consumers can buy top indie movies and top documentaries. IndiepixFilms…

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No Impact Man

$10.95 | 93 minutes

Going green may be trendy in the new millennium, but writer Colin Beavan takes this lifestyle to an admirable extreme in NO IMPACT MAN. In this documentary, Beavan decides that he wants to effect the environment in the smallest way possible for an entire year. This means no electricity, no transportation that doesnt require his own feet…

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The Age of Stupid

$23.95 | 89 minutes

Oscar-nominated actor Pete Postlewaite stars in this cautionary look at our changing climate, and what could become of our world should we continue to ignore the warning signs and stop global warming while we still have the chance. The year is 2055, and in a world devastated by mankind's lack of foresight, one lone sole (Postlewaite)…

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The Cove

$10.95 | 96 minutes

A shocking tale of human cruelty, this documentary goes beyond the traditions of the nature film to expose the horrific cause behind numerous dolphin deaths. Richard OBarry, a dolphin trainer on the TV show FLIPPER, joins director Louie Psihoyos on a secret operation to Japan to stop the killing of innocent animals…

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Food, Inc.

$16.95 | 91 minutes

Authors Eric Schlosser (FAST FOOD NATION) and Michael Pollan (THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA) both appear in this documentary that looks into the food industry. FOOD, INC. reveals the nature of the business that ignores the health of the American people in favor of profit…

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Manufactured Landscapes

$23.95 | 90 minutes

Manufactured Landscapes is the striking new documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of manufactured landscapes -- quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams -- Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization's&hellip…

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Blue Vinyl

$21.95 | 98 minutes

Curious filmmaker Judith Helfand decided to follow up some doubts she had about PVC (polyvinyl chloride) when her parents took the step of coating their house with it. Taking her camera and co-director Daniel B. Gold with her, Helfand hit the road and headed to Louisiana, which is responsible for the bulk of the PVC used in America. They&hellip…

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