With just one more weekend before the end of the Zero Waste Victoria Festival, the EFFA (Environmental Film Festival Australia) have jumped on board and put together a list of the top 5 waste-related films that inspire change and hopefully inspires everyone to change. EFFA use environmental films to raise awareness, encourage discussion and debate and inspire people to act on a diverse range of important environmental issues.
Looking back at films from the past decade, they've chosen the films that have inspired audiences to make environmental pledges and take action against waste pollution. First up there's Welcome to Sodom (trailer on YouTube) - be transported to Agbogbloshie, Ghana, home to one of the planet's most toxic sites where over 250,000 tonnes of e-waste are dumped each year. It's so damaged by waste, the place appears as a post-apocalyptic version of human life as we know it. It's a deeply human story and an urgent call for action.
The True Cost (trailer on YouTube) looks at every piece of clothing that is purchased and ultimately discarded. Ashamedly, Australia is ranked the second in the world for textile disposal with the average Australian purchasing 27kg of textiles per year and then disposing 23kg per year. Be taken on a journey of the lifecycle of clothes and of the people who make them. Dive into the reality of previously hidden fashion industry secrets and perhaps it'll inspire you to search for sustainable fashion choices.
A Plastic Ocean (trailer on YouTube) - From waste buried in the deepest parts of the ocean and microplastics embedded in the great Pacific garbage patch, learn about the ways in which plastics disturb our food systems and affect all living organisms. The Clean Bin Project (trailer on YouTube) - Film directors and real-life partners Jen and Grant take on the challenge to see who produces the least amount of waste in a year and set off on an introspective journey of living a low waste lifestyle in a consumerist society.
Trashed (trailer on YouTube) critically investigates the impact of landfills and incineration plants on our environment and health across the globe. Learn about the unseen harmful effects that results from our consumer habits and waste management systems.
These films/documentaries are available beyond the Festival event dates so why not screen it at home and invite a few friends and family over and incite and inspire change. Make it an occasion, an event to remember that goes beyond small talk, for the universe needs us to think big. WELCOME TO SODOM is available for a fee on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon. You can watch THE TRUE COST on Apple TV or Online. You can download A PLASTIC OCEAN and it's available at Amazon, or you can watch it on Netflix or buy or rent on Apple TV. THE CLEAN BIN PROJECT and TRASHED can be found on Vimeo on Demand.