Pop Culture: The Green Invasion

From eco-friendly films to progressive podcasts, Plenty picks the best in summer entertainment

Three documentaries for ecophiles that are currently screening across the country

The Great Warming (thegreatwarming.com) Based on the climate change book Storm Warning: Gambling with the Climate of Our Planet (Doubleday Canada, 2000) by Lydia Dotto, this three-hour film, narrated by Keanu Reeves and Alanis Morissette of all people, was filmed in eight countries on four continents. It includes information on Rich Cizik and his fellow eco-minded evangelicals (who were chronicled in the February/March 2006 issue of Plenty).

An Inconvenient Truth (www.climatecrisis.net) Since the 2000 presidential race, Al Gore has been spending his time touring the world, delivering a slideshow on a subject he’s studied for decades: global warming. An Inconvenient Truth weaves together footage of his presentation with biographical asides. Gore’s fantastic slideshow makes complex climate issues easy to understand and explains to viewers what’s at stake by reaching them on an emotional level. The documentary debuted at Sundance last year and was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May—the same time that a Rodale-published companion book was released.

Who Killed The Electric Car? (whokilledtheelectriccar.com) Director Chris Paine tracks the creation and ultimate demise of General Motor’s EV-1, an emissions-free electric car that was introduced in 1997 in response to California’s Zero Emissions Mandate. Paine sets up his documentary like a murder mystery investigation, but it’s not really that much of a mystery: The “suspects” include Big Oil, the auto industry, and right-leaning politicians.

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