Netflix round up

Hey folks! It’s spring but spring doesn’t always mean ‘get outside and do stuff’. Here on the Sunshine Coast we have had the driest winter since 2004, so while I’ve been frolicking in dusty fields, the southerners have been stuck inside and doused with torrential rain. For all those who are declaring ‘screw it I’m staying inside’ here’s what you might like to watch on your screen.

Hey folks! It’s spring but spring doesn’t always mean ‘get outside and do stuff’. Here on the Sunshine Coast we have had the driest winter since 2004, so while I’ve been frolicking in dusty fields, the southerners have been stuck inside and doused with torrential rain. For all those who are declaring ‘screw it I’m staying inside’ here’s what you might like to watch on your screen.

Unacknowledged  

Are you like Mulder? Do you want to believe?

Believer or not, this conspiracy theory doco all about alien cover up scandals and other government hush-hush. I started watching this while folding the laundry then ended up fully sucked in.

There are a lot of legitimate ex-government people in this claiming the existence of extra terrestial life. While I’ve personally never met an alien, living on a farm in the middle of nowhere most of my life, our family has seen loads of freaky UFO related sky phenomena. Sure, you might be able to explain them with some kind of science if you dug deep enough. But I am a great believer that it’s narcissistic to think that in this huge galaxy there isn’t any other form of life.

Why does this have anything to do with sustainability? Great question!

According to the doco the aliens who have visited us (apparently to determine if we are naughty or nice) have crashed and left us all kinds of advanced alien technology. Most of which the government (and by government we are talking about america) is keeping it secret because they fear releasing it would make us all self sufficient and no longer reliant on oil.

I don’t know about you, but until seeing this I had never thought about alien technology as being the saviour of our polluting asses, so it’s given me an alternate sustainable futures vision even if this futures vision seems a little far-fetched. The other key take home from this is that aliens-or-not business and government seems to be working quite hard to cover up anything that might shake the economic system that has developed to benefit the ‘super rich’ and keep the rest on a consumeristic treadmill of work and shopping. Could be total BS but it’s kind of interesting from a sustainable futures point of view.

Chasing Coral

 

This NETFLIX original doco is a beautifully filmed look at the way that our global climate change. Whether you were aware or not, coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Transforming from vibrant, living, ecosystems, to skeletons of their former selves. 

In this film a team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world. This movie is the hidden story below the waves. It shows how our world is changing rapidly as a result of our actions, and how this rapid change is hidden just below the surface of the waves- just out of our view.

Chasing Coral took more than three years to shoot, and is the result of 500+ hours underwater, submissions of footage from volunteers from 30 countries, as well as support from more than 500 people from various locations around the world. It hopes to inspire action from you. We can’t afford to ignore the impact that just a couple of degrees temperature change is having on our reefs. You can take part in sharing this urgent message of global action.

Awake, a Dream for Standing Rock

The doco shares the story of the historic #NODAPL native-led peaceful resistance at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. You might remember scenes of this resistance popping up in your social media and news feeds in 2016.

Tens of thousands of activists traveled to North Dakota from all over the world to take a stand alongside the “water protectors”– activists opposing construction of the 3.7 billion dollar Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The pipeline was created to transport fracked oil from North Dakota’s Bakken oil fields directly underneath the Missouri River on sovereign Lakota land, the only water source for the Standing Rock reservation and the drinking water source for 17 million Americans downstream. The pipeline is active now, but as you watch the movie you will see how much of a lasting social and environmental impact this crude oil venture has left on the people who have spiritual connection with the land and those with a reliance on the water resources that this pipeline crosses.

What have you been watching on Netflix? Seen any of these? Want to share your thoughts?