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Global Warming Movies: The 8 Most Influential Climate Change Movies

By    |   Wednesday, 19 November 2014 04:03 PM

The climate change debate has played out in countless films.

Al Gore’s 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” is, perhaps, the most influential climate change movie in recent years, drawing both widespread praise and criticism. It is credited with raising awareness and re-energizing the environmental movement and has sparked numerous rebuttal films, including “Not Evil Just Wrong,” “An Inconsistent Truth,” and “And Inconvenient Truth … or Convenient Fiction?”

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“An Inconvenient Truth” has received criticism for its alarmist tone, according to the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Some climate change activists have made a point of trying to tone down the fear and extremism in the global warming debate. Here are two films that attempt to take a more level-headed approach to global warming activism.

Cool It

Based on a book by the same name, filmmaker Ondi Timoner follows author of “The Skeptical Environmentalist” and Copenhagen Consensus Center director Bjorn Lomborg as he tries to shift the focus of the climate change debate away from fear and onto smart solutions.

Carbon Nation

Directed by Peter Byck and narrated by Bill Kurtis, the documentary film calls itself “an optimistic, solutions-based, non-preachy, non-partisan, big tent film,” according to its website. The film examines solutions to climate change and how they can address other social, economic and national security issues.

Others activists have tried to expand the debate beyond the common arguments about the threats and causes of global warming. Here are four films that look at the debate from different angles.

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A Sea Change

The film follows retired history teacher Sven Huseb as he studies the world’s oceans and global warming’s effects under water. The film urges viewers to “imagine a world without fish” and discusses how increased carbon dioxide is changing water chemistry and threatening aquatic species.

Pandora’s Promise

The film, directed by Robert Stone and produced by Impact Partners, in association with Vulcan Productions and CNN Films, questions whether nuclear energy could prevent climate catastrophe.

Climate Refugees

The film examines people displaced by environmental disasters and how climate change might affect global migration and national security. Filmmaker Michael Nash visited more than 50 countries.

“Whether it’s man or nature causing the climate to change, we still have to deal with islands going under water and people running out of food,” Nash said, according to the New York Times.

Sun Come Up

The film follows some of the world’s first environmental refugees as they move from a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean after climate change threatens their survival.

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