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Published: Thursday June 5, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday June 5, 2014 MYT 10:44:49 AM

Green on screen: Five films with environmental messages

From waste management to deforestation, here are five films that place some attention on the environment.

In conjunction with World Environment Day today, we take a look at five films from Hollywood which educated and entertained the audience at the same time.

The Day After Tomorrow (2004)

What it’s about: Director Roland Emmerich uses global warming as an excuse to melt the polar ice caps, wreck cities with hurricane-like super storms and freeze New York City over.

Environmental message: Global warming is bad, folks. Don’t believe this movie? Then maybe you should watch…

An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

Al Gore speaks passionately about global warming in the documentary An Inconvenient Truth.

What it’s about: Former United States vice president Al Gore teaches you about global warming and why it is bad, and wins the Best Documentary Oscar in the process.

Environmental message: Global warming is real, folks. No, really.

WALL-E (2008)

What it’s about: Humans have polluted and littered Earth so badly that they have been forced to leave the planet in giant spaceships and leave robots like WALL-E to clean up after them and make it safe for them to come home again.

Environmental message: Don’t turn our planet into one big garbage pile.

The Happening (2008)

What it’s about: The plants are angry at the way humans are treating the planet and decide to release a neurotoxin that causes all humans to commit mass suicide, unless you happen to be close to Mark Wahlberg.

Environmental message: Take care of your plants, or M. Night Shyamalan will make another movie just as bad as this one.

Avatar (2009)

What it’s about: Not content with stripping Earth of all it’s natural resources, humans mine the planet of Pandora for its precious unobtanium minerals, while chopping down forests, making the indigenous blue people feel blue, and generally doing very bad things to the planet’s ecosystem.

Environmental message: Prosecution of indigenous people, deforestation, unabated mining for profit … take your pick. 

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment, World Environment Day, WALL-E. The Day After Tomorrow, An Inconvenient Truth, Avatar

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