Planet Earth II's second episode, "Mountains," never quite reaches the peaks of the first, extremely diverse, episode about islands and their inhabitants, but still manages to soar (sometimes quite literally) and showcase some moments of real beauty.
Nature documentaries are well within the interests of the Plant-Smart Living family. We don't watch a whole lot of television, but when we do, it is great to have something very entertaining and even educational to enjoy. BBC's Planet Earth series, all of which is available on Netflix if you are a subscriber or in DVD or Blu-Ray form, was a groundbreaking nature documentary series that set the standard for future documentaries like it. I am not sure that any have ever come close.
I was very excited to hear that Planet Earth II was going to start on TV - a whole 10 years later than the original series. Some great promo videos were released to get people excited, and they certainly grabbed my attention.
Flash forward to a few weeks ago when I got to catch the opening episode - "Islands."
I enjoy watching documentaries because I enjoy learning something new. While I would prefer a good book, there is a time and place for every type of media. The reality of our modern world is that a movie can often be easier for the masses to digest. This is, of course, because it is a very visual experience. Not only this, but the time required to get information is pretty minimal, with typical run-times being around 90 minutes.
Another reason why documentaries stand out to me is simply because they can be thought provoking and downright powerful. A perfect case example of this came in the form of Blackfish, the 2013 documentary about SeaWorld's main attraction, the orca, and it's life in captivity. This film was sincere, emotional, and contributed heavily to the change we saw in early 2016 when SeaWorld announced that they would no longer continue killer whale shows and captive breeding of these creatures. This was an absolutely great day for humanity, if I can say so myself. And frankly, something I would have considered highly unexpected given that SeaWorld is a publicly traded company, with shareholder investments at play, and perhaps most importantly: Shamu the killer whale as a staple image of the brand.
When it comes to documentaries about veganism and the topics your average vegan will have thought about (or maybe not?), I would like to think that we should begin by thinking about how the vegan lifestyle will impact ourselves. How will being a vegan impact you? Your family? Your friends? Your coworkers? It is hard to preach about the lifestyle without truly living it. And how can we expect an entire country, let alone the entire world, to join us without first starting small? In my mind, documentaries about vegan topics provide an opportunity to plant a seed and start a conversation.