A recent Netflix binge unlike any prior involved a multitude of documentaries that expose precarious environmental conditions that have possible solutions. Below are the highly recommended picks.
This film starts out with flourish only nature can provide and the stark contrast in recent years that concerned the narrator. Grave facts about the current state of carbon in our planet's atmosphere would have left me worried and anxious about our plight as human beings. However, these facts were paired with possible solutions, including the international call to "re-wild" our planet. Buckle your seatbelts and prepared to be inspired.
This film talks about the carbon cycle and how we each can find a way to trap airborne carbon in the ground. Farmers and ranchers can change the way they use land so that they can grow a diverse range of crops and still raise animals for meat. When done well, topsoil increases and that fuels abundance for harvest time and therefore generates even more income than government subsidies. Well worth the watch.
This film brings you on a world tour to different places that are struck with access to clean water and how each locality is solving that problem. A memorable solution involves collecting moisture from the air and filtering that liquid to dispense drinkable water into a cup -- something from apparently nothing! Why, truly remarkable!
If the above solutions aren't enough to inspire you and you'd like to escape to South Africa to learn from the wild, then you may enjoy My Octopus Teacher.
Gloria Ng is an Oakland-based holistic
mother of three. Amidst the demands of motherhood, she strives to create value by writing on Owl Time. Her work
has appeared in anthologies, including YELL-Oh Girls! (HarperCollins, 2001)