Deep Green is an eye-opening film that utilizes science, technology, reality and compassion to highlight not only the responsibility each individual has for reducing mankind’s carbon footprint on the planet, but also what is already being done internationally to solve the global warming crisis.
With the help of Trees and The Krill is Gone, two entertaining animated shorts that shine the light on deforestation and ecosystem imbalances, Deep Green does a great job of explaining why energy conservation is critical to the survival of living things on the planet and examines how major countries are making important strides to reduce their nation’s dependence on fossil fuels.
In China, for instance, there is a movement to instill environmental stewardship in its culture, and architects are incorporating traditional water collection methods to cool new community housing developments. In parts of Germany, laws have been enacted making green building a requirement for all new construction and remodeling of existing structures, even linking funding approval to the ability to meet new codes. And in the US, sustainable building is gaining momentum in Portland, Oregon, and wind technology projects are underway on small farms in the eastern part of the state.
What it’s not.
Although transportation and the raising of livestock are identified as major contributors to CO2 production, only transportation is looked at in-depth. Meat consumption and fossil fuel-dependant agricultural systems are touched upon but aren’t given much reel time. Deep Green is not a film that directly confronts food consumption, animal or human rights, per se. In various forms, Ingredients, Food Inc, Earthlings, Flow and other films do an excellent job of covering those topics. It is not a film with all the answers, just some. Deep Green is not in your face but rather appeals to your heart to do your part.
During a recent post-film question and answer period, Matt Briggs, wild mushroom pioneer, Deep Green director/producer/writer, and Portland native, explained that his intention was to produce a heartfelt film that would inspire reasonable change rather than attack specific lifestyle choices. Deep Green accomplishes that by encouraging individual responsibility with gentle messages about living more consciously and making simple yet effective changes. Smart move perhaps, since reducing/eliminating automobile usage and meat consumption are sensitive topics for many.
Take action now.
Briggs took action to lower his family’s human carbon energy footprint. Download his idea list of action steps you can take this year – Eat less meat? Plant a tree or two or three? Change your light bulbs? Turn down the thermostat? Use less water? You decide. Start big or small … just start. Then encourage those you influence to join you and do more.
Learn more about what’s happening to our planet. For starters, check out the books Matt recommends.
Get involved in the process on a community, national or global level. Download a list of sustainable, environmental, restorative and green organizations.
How to support the film.
View the Deep Green video clips and tell others about it. Then …
Host a screening of the film in your home, school, place of worship, or community center.
Watch the website for upcoming screenings in your area and take someone with you when you go see it.
Purchase the DVD and share it with others.
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Here’s the Deep Green video recap of steps you can take today to stop global warming.