Even when I was a kid, movies and television were very commonly used to teach me and just about every other child in America about the world around us. Media has been a crucial tool in education for quite awhile now. But that was 21 years ago. The amount of progress made by movies and television as teaching tools between now and then is astounding. Even more so now than when I was little, kids are being taught about the amount of damage we do to the environment and the importance of preserving it. One particular movie from my childhood sticks out in my memory as teaching me about rainforest destruction was the animated movie, Ferngully.
The movie teaches about the dangers of deforestatino and pollution. The main character is a fairy named Crysta. The movie says that humans and the environment used to live together in harmony, but now the very last rainforest in the world is in danger of being destroyed by humans. Crysta and her friends have to fight to keep the rainforest from being cut down and are successful, of course, because there’s nothing a determined fairy and her friends can’t do when they work together and fight for what they believe in!
Another movie that’s more recent (released in 2006: this will also show the amazing difference between technology now and then that I was talking about) is called Over the Hedge.
I saw this movie and I thought it was really cute and educational. The plot is a little different and less straight-forward than Ferngully (I guess kids these days are smarter than we were), when the forest critters wake up from their winter hibernation, they discover that a huge hedge has been put up and that behind it, there’s a huge new neighborhood. The movie is about the animals adjusting to their new environment, in both positive and negative ways.
Media has always been, and will continue to be a tool for education. Movies are used to teach kids morals, values and responsibilities, and it’s a good thing because upcoming generations have many responsibilities when it comes to the environment.
By: Bridgette Potts