In December 2017 David Attenborough narrated the final episode of Blue Planet 2, a programme that would change how people of all ages saw our planet. The sudden realisation of our damaging habits hit many as hard as a 1L bottle of water on your foot. It took a TV programme to introduce to the world a topic that had been buzzing around the scientific community for many years prior. Are there more fundamental issues being missed? Even a basic understanding of concepts that influence or are part of our planet (such as volcanic eruptions) will help people from more varied backgrounds understand how everyday decisions impact the wider world. A grasp of the wider world will also enable people to appreciate what they have and the planet on which they live.
Given the popularity of Netflix and Amazon Prime, it was only a matter a matter of time before the joy of binge watching was merged with the fun of learning. The convenience of streaming means a grasp of the wider world doesn’t feel quite so hard to obtain. Where is this content, I hear you ask? Currently, there are two services that cater to the knowledge hungry: Ecostreamz and CuriosityStream.
- Founded by James Branchflower
- Work with projects such as WILDAID and MIGHTY EARTH giving them a wider audience
- Content ranges from shorts to full length documentaries
- All produced by independent film makers
- Founded by John Hendricks (Discovery Channel founder)
- Same aims as Ecostreamz but covers a more diverse range of subjects, including science, technology, history, and nature
- Films are conducted by area experts such as Stephen Hawking
- Termed “binge worthy films and series”
With the world quite literally at your fingertips, no longer are topics like natural history, science, environment, geography…well you get the point – no longer are these and many more reserved just for academics. As the disaster that is climate change takes centre stage, it is imperative that all generations come to understand and appreciate our planet. Ecostreamz and Curiosity Stream are taking this in a positive direction, converging minds one view at a time.
Would you consider trying either of these streaming services?
Further reading: http://www.ourpositiveplanet.com/2122-2/