Film resources to mark Earth Day 2022

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
Epic journey: The much-loved 2005 epic film/documentary March of the Penguins is one of the highlights of the Our Earth programme from Into Film (image: Warner Bros)

An extensive programme of free films, documentaries and resources has been launched to help schools mark this year’s Earth Day on April 22.

Education charity Into Film has curated a collection of films and other materials, working the likes of Eco Schools and Oxfam.

The resources aim to help teachers initiate conversations around environmentalism, sustainability, climate change, and the wellbeing of the planet.

The “Our Earth” programme includes feature-length and short films, documentaries, bonus content from experts and film-makers, film guides, and educational resources.

It is for both primary and secondary pupils and the feature films include:

  • The Lorax (U): Including a bonus video created in collaboration with Eco Schools to get younger students thinking about the importance of their local environment.
  • The Martian (12): A good film to watch as part of science, biology and PSHE lessons when discussing resources, sustainability and bio-waste management.
  • The Biggest Little Farm (PG): This film educates young audiences about the food chain, farming practices, nature, and issues around life and death in an accessible way.
  • March of the Penguins (U): A good way of exploring the natural world with students of all ages.

A number of short films are also available via the programme, including:

  • Eve: Accompanied by an introduction and a short “top tips” video on how to write a successful advocacy speech from Oxfam youth campaigner John McLaverty.
  • Hybrids: This short 3D animation explores what the future might look like due to increasing pollution and discusses what change is needed.
  • The Story of Plastic: This film provides a great introduction to environmentalism and sustainability for students of all ages.
  • Thermostat 6: A humorous French language animation that examines attitudes around climate change as well as providing an allegorical introduction to the topic for younger learners.
  • The Beauty: A digital animation which can be used in conjunction with lessons about climate change and the natural world.
  • Migrants: This 3D computer animated short film depicts how refugees and migrants are regularly persecuted by wider society, as a result of natural disaster and conflict.
  • Long Hot Winter: This short is a good accompaniment to lessons about climate change and environmentalism.
  • The Wonderful Story of Aisha, Ali & Flipflopi the Multicoloured Dhow Boat: A vibrant African animation that introduces themes around recycling and pollution to very young audiences.

In addition for the primary classroom, Into Film’s Eco Explorers resources are free to download and help teachers to explore environmental learning across three areas: litter, biodiversity, and sustaining our world.

  • The Our Earth programme is available via Into Film’s free streaming service Into Film+ and details can be found at www.intofilm.org/our-earth


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