When we get close to nature, be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree, we do a favour to our overstressed brains. The diversity of life on earth influences us in intense ways and being outdoors can lift our spirits and prompt creativity. Professions that enable you to experience nature in its truest form as a career are rare, and there is nothing like them for nature lovers.
Arboriculture is one such field where individuals get a chance to care, maintain and understand the nature’s most essential element – the tree. They help maintain the trees by proper tree pruning and other maintenance services. Another industry that allows you to experience nature and express your views about it is cinema. Motion pictures have been one of the most influential mediums to raise awareness about the importance of the environment.
Let’s have a look at some movies in which the beauty of nature is reflected in an exceptional way.
The 11th Hour (2007) – It is a documentary film about the state of the natural environment. The film is created, produced, co-written and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. The 11th Hour is the last moment when change is possible. The documentary explores global warming, deforestation, mass species extinction and depletion of the ocean’s habitats, how we have arrived at this moment, how we live, how we impact our earth’s ecosystem and what potential measures can be taken to change the course. Featuring dialogues of experts from all over the world, including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, physicist Stephen Hawking, Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and Paul Hawken in addition to over 50 leading politicians, scientists and environmental activists. The film proposes solutions by reshaping and rethinking of global human activity through technology, social responsibility and conservation.
Into The Wild (2007) – Biographical drama survival film beautifully directed by Sean Penn. The story is based on the book by Jon Krakauer of the same name and stars Emile Hirsch, Marica Gay Harden, William Hurt and Jena Malone. The film revolves around Christopher McCandless, a fresh graduate from Emory University. He decides not to pursue a successful and profitable career and turns down his family’s wealth. Although the scenery is absolutely wonderful, the message at the end is extremely sobering as the ending itself. The movie shows the struggle between society and nature and does well to get everyone thinking about ideas of materialism and philosophy.
FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992) – It is an animated musical fantasy film, directed by Bill Kroyer. The movie is about nature where Crysta, a fairy with the help of a human, has to save the rainforest from Hexus, a creature of pollution and destruction. This movie not only teaches a great lesson about protecting rainforests but also has Robin Williams voicing amusing Batty Koda and Tim Curry voicing Hexus with his deep, evil voice. This movie is a must watch for nature lovers.
Koyaanisqatsi (1982) – This film shows nature and civilisation alongside one another. Directed by Godfrey Reggio and scored by Philip Glass, this film is an epic. The title comes from the Hopi language meaning “life out of balance”. The film consists primarily of slow motion and time-lapse footage of cities and many natural landscapes. The two realities, the film suggests are totally linked, nature having been reduced to the resources on which technology feeds. Thus, the film is ultimately a sort of criticism of man’s potential destructiveness.
Wild (2014) – Based on Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail and stars Reese Witherspoon. This biographical movie describes the hike of a totally devastated woman who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and healing. With its inspiring qualities, the movie comes with plenty to think about and has been noted for its healing, relatable style that evokes a real love and connection to nature.
These are some of the movies that are a must watch for all nature lovers.