September 22, 2022
Charissa Duisters

Out Watchlist: 5 Movies about the Environment

In a previous blog post, we already shared our reading list of our favourite books about the environment. For those who prefer to watch a movie with a blanket on the couch, we're doing exactly the same today, but with our favourite movies about the environment!

At Byewaste, we care a lot about the environment. That is why we try to stay informed about the topic as much as possible. In this article, you will find the favorite movies of our team. Do you prefer reading a book? We got you covered! In this article, you can find our 5 favorite books.

In this article, we will cover the following movies:

  1. Okja
  2. Wall-E
  3. Erin Brockovich
  4. dark waters
  5. snow piercer

Can’t find your own favourite in the list? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us! We would love to hear about your suggestions.

1. Okja

Okja is a genetically engineered pig. He grew up with Mija, a Korean country girl. But because Okja is sought after by the livestock industry for its great taste and eco-friendly features, a multinational company is in the process of kidnapping the beast. It suddenly leaves the countryside and gets right into the big human world, where it has to deal with commercial greed and animal activism.

It is a fun, funny, and above all exciting family film that takes a close look at the meat industry.

Okja is available on Netflix.

2. Wall-E

Wall-E the robot has been doing what it was made for 700 years: keeping the earth clean. He is the only remaining robot on the earth and is not only starting to get lonely but is also developing a personality. One day, EVE is sent to Earth to see how things are going. EVE and Wall-E meet and embark on Wall-E’s greatest adventure ever through space.

The aim of the film is to make people aware that too much stuff is being produced. If we continue like this we will overload the planet with all these items and every form of life will be threatened by these actions.

3. Erin Brockovich

Inspired by the woman whose name the title of the film is.  This film is a true classic in all ways. It made its debut in 2000 and was definitely way ahead of its time. The film follows a legal battle in which Brockovich is active as a lawyer. The lawsuit is between a resident of Hinkley, California, and the gas and electric company PG&E.

During her investigation, she finds out that the resident and her husband are experiencing serious health problems. PG&E has always paid for their medical bills to ensure that the news that they are heavily polluting does not get out. The groundwater in Hinkley is very polluted with a heavily carcinogenic variant of chromium.

This film not only addresses the environmental crisis, but also the problems women endure in the misogynistic workplace.

4. Dark waters

This movie is very similar to Erin Brockovich, so if you like legal dramas and thrillers, you’ll have a great start to your movie marathon.

Dark Waters is about Robert, a lawyer who has a case against the multimillion-dollar chemical company DuPont. The farmer who brought this matter to attention has linked hundreds of animal deaths to this company’s malpractices. During the investigation, they learn that DuPont dumps a dangerous chemical that, once inside, never leaves the bloodstream and can cause serious health problems.

Robert soon finds out that he must choose between completing this investigation by winning the case, or his family…

5. Snowpiercer

This post-apocalyptic science fiction film takes you on a journey to the year 2031, 17 years after attempts to combat global warming with an injection into the stratosphere go totally wrong. This led to a new ice age. The remaining people sit together in a special train, with the elite in the front and the poorer people stacked in one of the rear cars, where they are supervised by armed guards.

When the main character finds out that there is no ammunition in the weapons, he decides to revolt and finds out bit by bit what is happening inside the train – and outside of it.

Have you seen any of these movies yourself, or would you like to suggest some other ones that we should look into? Please let us know!