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Fear

In the proverbial children’s story “Chicken Little,” the hen cries “the sky is falling, the sky is falling” as a metaphorical prediction that life as we know it is coming to an end. In a similar way, An Inconvenient Truth (2006) sounded an alarm bell about the dire consequences of global warming. A powerful recent example is Anthropocene – The Human Epoch (2019), a global meditation on humanity’s massive destruction of our planet. Another is The Story of Plastic (2020) and its sweeping exposition of the health of our planet. Both films leave no doubt that we are close to the brink of disaster and that it may, in fact, be too late. Fortunately, they offer robust education programs with specific actions and solutions. It will fall to educators to translate the fear instilled by these films into tangible, actionable results.