#MustWatch: 3 Documentaries on Marine Pollution
We are all aware of the great Atlantic voyage by the climate activist Greta Thunberg. The generation is now more aware than ever. You need to be informed about the world that you live in.
Are you frightened by the number of news articles that are surfacing about plastic pollution in the ocean? You do realize the problem but do you want to understand the issue better? It is easy to get yourself confused without understanding the real issue.
Plastic is bad, so we have been told. You can acquaint yourself with this topic with some daunting and scary documentaries online. Documentaries often do a great job of delivering information using visuals that could help you understand better what is going on. They throw some limelight on where all the plastic comes from, or how big of a problem it is, and what should be done from our end to curb and correct marine pollution.
- A Plastic Ocean (2016): This documentary was shot on more than 20 locations over 4 long years.
Directed and produced by Craig Leeson, who is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, television presenter, and public speaker. It starts as a quest of Craig, who is in search of the rare blue whale but discovers plastic waste in what should be a pure ocean. Craig has collaborated with a freediver Tanya Streeter, and an international team of scientists and researchers, as they travel to twenty locations around the world for four long years.
It uncovers an alarming truth of plastic pollution and reveals the working solutions that can be put into immediate effect. This documentary highlights the gigantic accumulation of floating plastic debris in the oceans and showcases the consequences of this form of pollution on the marine environment. It is an eye-opening educational documentary for everyone to see.
- Trashed (2012): This documentary is a mix of a brave investigative journey of Jeremy Irons and the brilliance of Britsih film-maker Candida Brady which showcases the global impact of humanity’s wasteful consumerism and pollution.
This documentary raises awareness and demands immediate action for urgent action to resolve the issue of existing deposits which will drastically reduce our consumption towards sustainable levels and zero waste but also demonstrates how this is already being successful in many communities around the world.
Jeremy Irons drives this documentary as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations affected by pollution. This documentary highlights a journey of Jeremy Irons who with us discovers the horrors and daunting images of the ocean which was once pristine, tainted by pollution.
- Mission Blue (2014): This documentary film which was released in 2014 is a quest of the filmmaker Dr. Earle on her quest trying to protect the ocean from threats as pollution, overfishing and climate change.
This documentary won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Editing in a Documentary and Long Form in 2015. Dr. Earle now 84 years old, is a legendary oceanographer, marine biologist, environmentalist, and a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and the filmmaker herself, who created a global network of protected marine sanctuaries. This documentary intends to frame things from a unique perspective. It lays a parallel of how exploring the deep oceans is similar to exploring the stars. It raises of question of how many sharks have people killed compared to how many people sharks have killed? It is an eye-opening documentary that sheds light on the vital ecosystem and its importance.
Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.