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Why on Earth

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Celebs and conservationists save planet in eco docu; peril.

Movie NR 2022 75 minutes
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Compassionate documentary

Informative & compassionate documentary - highly recommend this film!

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This eco-friendly film's messages provide incisive food for thought for kids and teens about the planet's future. With its mix of a Hollywood A-lister, scientists, and conservation activists, Why on Earth angles for a high-road approach to topics such as vegan diets and animal endangerment. "I'm an animal person," notes actor, director, and conservationist Clint Eastwood (Cry Macho). "I appreciate the beauty of them. I was just an animal lover when I was a kid. Dogs and cats, and snakes and lizards, whatever I could find." But now, says the Oscar winner, it's pertinent that "we can all enjoy what's on the planet and leave something for somebody else."

Wildlife poaching, however, continues to be a "menace," says Jeremiah Poghon, a Kenya Wildlife Service veterinarian. "The buyers and consumers of these products are doing more harm to the animals than they think. If you protect the ecosystem, you are also protecting your own health. If you destroy the ecosystem, you are also destroying your own health." And adds, Shawn Heinriches, an underwater photographer and conservationist in Mexico, "We need to understand that our future and the future of the natural world are inextricably tied. And that everything that we're doing to hurt the oceans, hurting the nature, hurting the forests, is going to hurt us."

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