A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Humans have created a climate and ecological crisis and only humans can fix it, but the time to act is now.
Positive Role Models
Scientists studying the ways in which the ecosystems are deteriorating are trying to earnestly warn people, with facts and statistics, of the crisis.
Scientists, mostly White, from all over the world report on their areas of expertise.
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Violence & Scariness
Glaciers are melting and wildlife are dying at high rates, accelerated by man's actions. These developments are setting up the possibility of a grim future on Earth.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet is a documentary about the ecological global and climate change crisis that some scientists predict will make the planet unfit for sustaining human and other life sometime in the not-too- distant future. Scientists explain some of the problems and actions that responsible citizens and governments can take to reverse some of the damage and ensure the future of life on planet Earth. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Breaking Boundaries is a sobering narrative about all the ways our ecosystem has already breached milestones that indicate saving the planet may be all but impossible at this point. The somber tone brings several of the interviewed scientists to tears as they describe the devastation of 1,000-year fires on wildlife and habitats, of the killing of coral reefs, or the melting of planet-sustaining glaciers.
At times the presentation feels overly technical. Many statistics are recited by well-meaning talking heads. The question is whether this is the best way to incite action in a public already demonstrating a skepticism of science and experts. The information is good, but it's hard to predict how many will be willing to sit through what sadly amounts to little more than a dull university lecture. The people with the bandwidth to get through this material probably already know what it has to say. If you want to know how many billions of tons of carbon dioxide we've released since the Industrial Revolution, it's here: 2,400 billion tons. Will you remember that figure when the film moves on to the next set of similarly overwhelming stats? Unlikely.
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