European Wilderness Society

Three thought-provoking nature documentaries to watch right now

The pandemic has opened the door to a new way of knowledge and information exchange. Online meetings, conferences, virtual tours, webinars and documentaries are made accessible to people all over the world. The Geneva environment network has started a great initiative, called Wednesdays for the Planet. This is a series of online screenings and virtual presentations from experts highlighting the importance of nature and its biodiversity, and also the environmental challenges we are facing, such as plastic pollution and climate change. Until 3rd of March leading up to the World Wildlife Day, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973, you can watch 3 nature documentaries and connected virtual presentations. The screenings are for educational purposes, non-profit and non-commercial.

Today: The Sanctuary: Survival Stories of the Alps

The movie ‘The Sanctuary: Survival Stories of the Alps‘ is a dive inside a wild land of the Alps. It explores, how wildlife adapts to the harsh mountainous conditions of mountain Wilderness and wild Alpine nature. The movie showcases how they seduce each other, raise their youngsters, conquer new territories and roam vast distances. From the fearless bear to the bearded vulture, from the lonely wolf to the little brown frog, every animal has developed its own strategies in their struggle of survive. The makers of Wild France take you on an incredible journey through the frozen Alps to discover that it is not always the strongest who survives, but more often those who help each others.

The documentary is accompanied by virtual expert presentations, available today at 13:30 (CET). Frédéric Fougea, the director of the documentary, Filippo Favilli and Isidoro de Bortoli, researchers of the Institute for Regional Development, Eurac Research as well as Bernd Schildger, Director of Tierpark Bern will highlight the wonders and natural challenges facing the Alps.

The documentary will be available for viewing until 3 March 2021.

Two more documentaries not to miss out on

The ‘Corona: The Pandemic and the Pangolin‘ brings together conservation icon Jane Goodall, marine activist Paul Watson and a cast of experts quarantined in homes. You can hear their perspectives on the current pandemic, and the connection between human, animal and environmental health. The documentary can be watched between 10th of February to 3rd of March 2021.

The movie ‘A Plastic Ocean‘ is an award-winning feature-length documentary. It explores the fragile state of our oceans and uncovers alarming truths about the consequences of our disposable lifestyle. The film documents the global effects of plastic pollution. Moreover, it highlights workable technologies and innovative solutions that everyone can do, to create a cleaner and greener ocean. Virtual expert presentations will be available between 24th of February to 3rd of March 2021.

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