A way to increase the effectiveness of documentaries pertaining to the state of the world.
Being laid up at home, unable to drive or sit comfortably for more than about 5 minutes, I’ve indulged in more than my fair share of Netflix hours. Especially on the documentary section. Pretty impressed with a number of them, but the only problem is, there about how bad our society has gotten, how we need to conserve the natural resources on the planet, all the regular issues we’ve seen for years.
Something I noticed in the majority of these conservation documentaries was how negative they were. I mean, it is understandable, especially for these folks that are actually out there in the jungles or rainforests trying to stop the uncontrollable deforestation, the hunting of anything that moves for the bush meat trade, all these things and more they have to deal with up close and personal. They have the right to be a little peeved at the rest of us sitting in our typically nice houses, with all our amenities burning up energy with no regard to the long term effects. Or the people who want that rare hardwood floor in their five thousand square foot home but don’t consider the consequences on the patch of rainforest that’s devastated for no reason other than aesthetic purposes to impress friends or neighbors.
Despite their right to be disappointed with how slowly we seem to be switching to alternative energy sources, how much we continue to consume unnecessarily, and the ridiculous amount of garbage and pollution we pump out annually, chastising/lecturing/guilt tripping the folks who actually watch the documentaries seems like a poor, less than effective way to not only get your point across, but leave people encouraged by what they’ve just seen.
I’m not suggesting we sugarcoat the destruction we’ve caused and continue to cause. What I am suggesting is that after mentioning thousands of species of plants and animals are declining rapidly, with hundreds going extinct each year, offer some kind of solution for the average joe’s like myself to contribute to the cause locally, in a way that doesn’t necessarily have to be donated money.
Give us information on where we can find ways to help the environment in our local communities, in our states. Then end the documentary on a high note. Ex. “We’ve still got a long ways to go before the flat footed blue billed puffon can be removed from the IUCN red list. But thanks to conservation efforts of regular people like yourselves, the population has doubled since the breeding program began. We would like to thank our contributors and viewers for making this possible. Please visit X website for more information on how you can help save the planet!”
I just feel that by making a more positive documentary about the things we need to fix in this world for the good of every living creature, humanity included, we will see more people contributing to protecting and preserving our beautiful home.