Earth Day | Five films on this subject you need to see

Kim Berrendorf & Fiona Egli
April 22, 2021
Sustainability
Earth Day 2021 with David Attenborough and Julia Roberts: a day of environmental action to remind us humans of our dependence on the Earth and its ecosystems. We have taken this year’s Earth Day as an opportunity to share five film tips aimed at raising awareness of our planet and approaches to solving problems in society.

Earth Day – what is it about?

The international Earth Day has been held every year on 22 April since 1970. Over 190 countries are involved in this day of environmental action that is intended to strengthen our appreciation of the natural environment while also encouraging us to rethink our consumer behaviour. Challenges such as overpopulation and environmental pollution, as well as preserving biodiversity, can only be tackled if we all join forces. At the same time, the day should remind us humans that the Earth is our home, whose ecosystems are inextricably interwoven. In order to underline the urgency, the day is also known as “International Mother Earth Day”. Throughout history and across many cultures, people have likened the Earth to a mother that enables all life to unfold: in Greek mythology, Gaia, the Earth, is one of the first gods to be produced from chaos. Among the indigenous peoples of the Andes, everything emerges from the Earth Pachamama, who is seen as a mother. She nourishes, protects and absorbs.

We have taken this year’s Earth Day as an opportunity to share some film tips with you from our sustainability network and raise awareness of our planet and approaches to problems in society. The films are informative, encourage viewers to think and help to create awareness. We at Baloise are also working constantly on improving our positive impact on our planet, and minimising or offsetting any negative impact.

From feature film to documentary: We hope you enjoy watching!

1. David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet

“With impressive images and his captivating narrator’s voice, David Attenborough uses the development of the Earth within his lifetime to illustrate how we’ve been heading inescapably towards ecological disaster over the last almost 100 years. But the film captivates me above all through its vision for the future, which is one of hope.”

Kim Berrendorf,  Sustainability Communications Manager

2. Erin Brockovich

“As a lawyer, I love legal dramas. For me, Erin Brockovich is an example of the attitudes of large companies towards social problems in the past. This film shows that you can fight for good with perseverance and conviction. At the same time, it shows so well why it’s worthwhile for a company to listen better to signals from society and behave in a sustainable way.”

Dominik Marbet, Head Public Affairs & Sustainability

3. Serengeti Shall Not Die & The Ivory Game

“Although the film is from 1959, it shows how important nature and species conservation have always been. The film’s motto is more relevant today than ever before: especially in times of the pandemic, when tourism is on hold and animals are more exposed to poaching, we must protect national parks at all costs. A more recent documentary I can recommend that also addresses the issue of poaching is The Ivory Game, which sheds light on the machinations of the ivory trade. My personal connection to East Africa is another element that inspires me to recommend these two documentaries.”

Friederike Grupp, Sustainability Officer for Baloise Germany

4. Avatar

“If we’re more careful with our resources now, we won’t have to go to Pandora and mine raw materials there in 2154. Mars also won’t be available to us as a replacement planet in the immediate future. Better to act sustainably in the ‘now’ instead of looking for alternatives ‘tomorrow’.”

Christian Nagler, Head of Logistics Switzerland

5. Seaspiracy

“There’s no way to avoid Seaspiracy, the social media world is full of it. For all the propaganda behind the film, one thing is pretty clear: we need to rethink the way we treat our oceans. This includes questioning the conventional fish industry. The film raises the question of whether the concept of sustainable fishing is at all feasible. Will oceans soon be emptied of fish?”

Michelle Unternährer, Student Trainee in Public Affairs & Sustainability

What is your opinion about our film list?

  1. Great!

    There is definitely a film in that I will watch.

    Great!

  2. I don't like it that much.

    Unfortunately, none of these film tips interest me.

    I don't like it that much.

  3. Nothing new.

    I have already seen all the films.

    Nothing new.

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