This week, we're reviewing new movies with environmental themes.
The recent documentary Elemental captures the environmental movement in amber — a pretty, present-day artifact of people trying to preserve our planet. The film doesn’t portend doom, nor reassure that good intentions will prevail; it’s more about human interaction than ecological destruction.
Elemental profiles Canadian activist Eriel Deranger in her campaign against the Keystone XL pipeline, Indian government official Rajendra Singh in his nationwide tour to galvanize citizens to clean up the Ganges river, and Australian inventor Jay Harman in his quest to get funding for biomimetic solutions to combatting climate change.
For all three, the biggest hurdle is not any ecological destruction itself (though there are looming aerial shots of the tar sands’ churned earth and yawning gray landscape, and a close-up of trash clotted on the banks of the sludgy brown river), but in rousing people to join their causes.