Celebrating Earth Day with Award-Winning Documentaries (**GIVEAWAY**)

 

Journey of the Universe documentary DVD

These DVDs were provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

I am always looking for ways to live a better lifestyle, be healthier, and be more conscious about the world we live in.  I was excited to be able to check out six great documentaries about our world, from farming to pollution to climate change.  Although I try to keep up with current events, I am a busy mom, and I enjoyed being able to watch the information presented in documentary form (since keeping up with the TV news and reading can be a big challenge for me these days!).  I try to live as healthy and eco-friendly as possible, and these DVDs brought to light some issues that are nice to be aware of so I can live accordingly and spread the word.

JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE

Journey of the Universe is an Emmy® Award winning documentary series, directed by David Kennard (who also worked with Carl Sagan’s series, Cosmos).  You may have seen this series broadcast on PBS, as it explores scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology and biodiversity.  This is a great way to get a better understanding of the Earth, from its creation to today.  Some of the concepts are very complex, and it is nice to hear them explained along with some really great visuals.  I really enjoyed watching this DVD and learning about lots of things.

You can read more about this DVD series here: http://www.journeyoftheuniverse.org/.  Follow on Facebook.

DVD documentary Into the Cold

INTO THE COLD

Into the Cold is another award-winning documentary, including Video Librarian’s list of Top Documentaries of 2013.  It follows two men on a 2-month journey to the North Pole, commemorating the centennial of Admiral Peary’s expedition in 1909.  The sad and disheartening reality is that soon there will not be the ability to make this expedition, as the ice is melting at a rapid rate due to climate change.

This film definitely brings to light the gravity of how we have changed our earth and the visible and measurable impacts that result.   I appreciated the determination behind the expedition, as the men braved -50F temperatures, brutal winds, the danger of falling through ice, and much more – including that the ice is drifting about 12 miles per day, therefore shortening each day’s trek by 12 miles.

Visit the Into the Cold website for more information: http://www.intothecold.org/.  You can also follow on Facebook.

DVD documentary Vanishing of the Bees

VANISHING OF THE BEES

Vanishing of the Bees is a top selling, multiple award-winning film about bee colony collapse disorder.  Like me, maybe you have heard about bees disappearing through various media and news outlets.  However, this film really explores the history behind the colony collapse disorder, probable causes, and what we can try to do to save the bees.  Not only did I learn about things like colony collapse, but I had no idea that huge trucks transport thousands of hives to different locations (such as fruit tree farms) throughout the year.  The colony collapse was often discovered as the beekeepers would go to pick up their hives, only to discover that the hives had been abandoned.  Other times, it was found that bees had evacuated their hives overnight.  I won’t give away the reasons behind bee colony collapse disorder, but it is a scary reality that the bees are profoundly impacted by what we are doing to our planet.  Vanishing of the Bees also shows us how much we will lose if bees are gone.

Check out their website here: http://www.vanishingbees.com/.  You can follow on Facebook and Twitter.

DVD documentary Tapped

TAPPED

Tapped is a best selling environmental films, and explores the concept of bottling water.  This documentary explores the water bottling industry, the production of plastic bottles, our oceans, and more.  The DVD is thought provoking and an interesting look at something that is a part of our daily lives, whether  it is our own personal consumption of bottled water or for those around us.

Tapped explores how much money is made from bottling water, and how bottled water is not regulated like other water (for example, your tap water) – and how some of it is actually just tap water!

It also talks about things like the plastic involved in bottling, from health concerns to where all that plastic ends up.  Of course, not all of those bottles ends up recycled – our oceans, among other things, suffer from all of the plastic pollution.  And if you were concerned about plastics leaching into your food, that is another huge concern.  Even people who live near plastic bottling plants have been experiencing serious health problems.

Learn more about Tapped here: http://www.tappedthemovie.com/.  You can also follow on Facebook and Twitter.

DVD documentary Planeat

PLANEAT

I was interested to see Planeat, as I am a vegetarian.  This DVD explores how a plant-based diet impacts not only our own personal health, but the health of the planet.  As long as I have been a vegetarian (I went vegetarian as a kid, the first one in my family), I have been explaining to people that there are many reasons why I choose a plant-based diet, and it’s not just because I don’t want to eat animals.  Two huge reasons are because it takes a lot of resources to raise animals for meat, and because a plant-based diet has been shown to maintain better health.

Cattle farming is an industry that causes a lot of damage to the planet, since it requires deforestation and causes lots of other issues – for example, pollution from animal waste and the amount of resources needed to feed those animals (including water).

Visit the official PlanEAT website at http://planeat.tv/the-film.  You can also follow on Facebook and Twitter.

DVD Greedy Lying Bastards

GREEDY LYING BASTARDS

Greedy Lying Bastards is a recent release (January 2014), and takes a look at the effects of climate change around the earth.  Despite what seems like obvious changes in the climate, from melting ice to rising sea levels to flooding and tornadoes – this is still a topic that is debated, often by major industries and politicians.  The film exposes why certain groups are against the concepts of climate change and global warming, and how that benefits them.  The motives behind negative environmental action would of course be greed and money, personal benefit.

The film also takes a deeper look into the seriousness of climate change.  I enjoyed seeing this movie along with “Into the Cold”, which both bring to light just how fast the ice is melting and how the world is changing before our eyes.

As the cover of the DVD states, “They’re destroying our world.  Now is the time to stop them.”

Visit the official website at www.GreedyLyingBastards.com.  You can also follow on Facebook and Twitter.

These DVDs were provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

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Comments

  1. 1
    Georgiana says:

    I would love Journey of the Universe, Tapped and Into the Cold the most! They all sound fabulous!

  2. 2

    I’ve always been fascinated by our planet and the universe so Journey of the Universe sounds great!

  3. 3

    I would love to watch Tapped as I used to work at a water district that sold water to a beverage maker.

  4. 4
    Daniel M says:

    most interested in JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE! haven’t seen any of these yet

  5. 5
    Brandi Dawn says:

    I would like to see Vanishing of the Bees and Greedy Lying Bastards.

  6. 6

    I would love to see Into the Cold and Vanishing Bees!

  7. 7
    Gus Kroll says:

    Tapped is the one I’m most interested in seeing. Peak water’s pretty scary.

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    Shannon says:

    JOURNEY OF THE UNIVERSE sounds so fun, also Planeat since I also a vegetarian. Thank you for this chance to win.

  9. 9

    What a great giveaway – hope to win!

  10. 10

    Honestly, I really want to see all of these. I watch a lot of documentaries and have somehow never even heard of these! I guess if I had to pick, I’m super curious about the Vanishing of the Bees. But Tapped looks really good too.

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