Movies that teach kids about climate change (part 4)

Tomorrow

Directed by actress Melanie Laurent, Tomorrow is an optimistic documentary about saving the planet. Laurent has traveled around the world to search for innovative ways people have devised to face climate change, economic inequality, and other issues. The film is informative and thought-provoking. It can even inspire some people to take action without any inappropriate content, and messages/themes consist of the importance of perseverance, curiosity, and innovation.

Tomorrow is worth watching but the information is delivered in a straightforward way that doesn’t always hold viewers’ gaze. Sometimes it seems too simplistic. Although the film showcases amazing, innovative ways to rethink basic practices, it doesn’t always well explain what they cost. However, it can’t be denied that Laurent’s movie is a fun jaunt into the world of possibilities.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

This is the sequel to An Inconvenient Truth, the 2006 documentary telling about Al Gore’s campaign to raise the awareness about climate change. The sequel is less focused and more fragmented than the original, still offering updated information, reasons to be hopeful, as well as more insight into Gore himself. It is particularly worth seeing for middle school-age kids and up. But we need to confirm that sensitive viewers may be upset by the images of devastating storms and displaced people, and the discussions of the wounded and dead as well as warnings of more possible devastation to come.

Cool It

Cool It is a documentary that is touted as a kind of anti-An Inconvenient Truth, despite the fact that both films acknowledge the threat of climate crisis and global warming and both try to find solutions. The movie features some strong imagery such as scenes of destruction or dying polar bears.

This documentary follows Lomborg, defending his positions, and outlining some of his ideas. In general, this film debunks the scare tactics that was used by An Inconvenient Truth and leaves off with the hopeful notion that the crisis can be solved.

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