As of writing, the British government has begun easing the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown restrictions and will continue so as long as the infection rate keeps decreasing. (Fingers crossed.) Even non-essential shops are open now.
But I (Emma) am still mostly inside. There are many reasons; starting with the fact that I live with immunocompromised people and ending with the fact that the current easing still requires you to stay six foot apart from the people outside your household that you’re allowed to meet with. I don’t see how I’m supposed to have a conversation with my friends from that far apart.
I know the idea is that people can get back to playing tennis with their friends, but do I look like a tennis person to you? (I realise you can’t see me. Tamara will tell you.) Or that you take your own drinks to someone’s back garden, but how many people do you know that have separate entrances to their back garden?
So, what am I doing now that I’m stuck inside until… probably the end of summer? Well, I’m writing a- [Edited out by Tamara because she can’t bear to listen to Emma talk about her novel anymore].
I’ve also been watching a lot of eco content on streaming services, which I wanted to share with you today, so read on for some eco streaming recommendations that should tide you over for the rest of the lockdown.
Climate Change: The Facts
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that climate change is real and caused by humans. But in case, you’d like to have the facts ready so you can drop some knowledge on your Daily Mail reading Aunt, who’s spent too much time in Facebook groups during the quarantine, check out this David Attenborough documentary.
Also, there’s a whole host of Attenborough docs on there, including Plant Earth, Blue Planet I & II, Seven Worlds; One Planet, Life on Earth, Frozen Planet, Life, and Africa.
Apocalypse Cow: How Meat Killed the Planet
I’ll admit that as a vegetarian, I’m very happy with any documentary that exposes the environmental impact of eating animals, particularly through the use of factory farming. (I did put the Earthlings documentary on every computer in my media classroom after my lesson finished so that every single person in the next class would be subjected to it. I was insufferable at 19.)
This programme also does some research on creating more fake meats to replace all those dead animals on our plates. (I said what I said.)
Also watch: Australia on Fire: Climate Emergency
Pollution, plastic, and people are causing massive damage to oceans. Here experts will tell you what needs to be done to clean the seas and save the planet. And don’t worry, it’s not just about what the individual needs to do, but also what international governments need to do because it’s not just
Also see: Blackfish, Attenborough’s Our Planet, A Plastic Ocean, and the uplifting Born to be Free.
Paris to Pittsburgh
What seems like a million years ago now, that sentient confederate flag in the White House pulled out of the already far- too-lax Paris Climate Agreement. (For no reason, considering there was no way to legislate whether countries met the 2% goal. I guess, some people don’t just want to be thought of as an asshole; they want to prove it.)
… Oh yeah, back to the blurb.
This documentary covers the efforts of people, action groups, and local governments are taking to counteract the horrific decision to just basically abandon all efforts to combat climate change. It shows us, if we need the reminder, that people are not their governments. (I wouldn’t want anyone to mistake the Tory’s government’s policies for mine.)
Also watch: Before the Flood and Jane.
Alright, this short and liht-hearted article is done. Leave extra recommendations in the comments. (Not Prime shows though, Tamara’s husband cancelled his account.)