Hollywood has its share of celebrities that are advocates for saving the environment. Hollywood, and the fans, also loves a good disaster film, and there have been plenty made that highlight what can happen when humans go too far and Mother Nature strikes back. Here are 5 films about environmental impact.
Actually released in 2009, 2012 played on the Mayan calendar panic that swept some folks at the time, suggesting that the world was going to come to an end in 2012. The film uses solar flares, earthquakes and tsunamis as the causes for the global apocalypse.
The Day After Tomorrow
Made in 2004, The Day After Tomorrow serves as a stern warning against global warming. Essentially, global warming launches the earth into another Ice Age, decimating a large portion of human life in the Northern hemisphere as the planet tries to survive the effects of severe climate change.
We’ve already established that Julia Roberts is a celebrity environmentalist, but in the 2000 film Erin Brockovich, the actress portrays the lead in a true story about a woman who takes on a major corporation. The corporation is accused of poisoning the water supply with carcinogenic elements. This is a great film about how an average citizen can have a big impact on big companies and water pollution.
Another Hollywood “green” personality, James Cameron made Avatar in 2009. The film’s plot hinges heavily on the fact that the Earth’s resources have been so badly depleted that the planet must rely on another moon for human survival. If this one doesn’t make you think about environmental protection, I don’t know what will.
Literally meant to scare viewers into caring for the environment, and each other, The Happening was made in 2008 by suspense maestro M. Night Shyamalan. In a nutshell, humans threaten the planet, and Mother Nature retaliates by releasing a neurotoxin into the air that causes people to commit spontaneous suicide. The film gets mixed reviews, but I think it’s a brilliant example of using mainstream media to draw attention to the very important issue of human impact on the environment.