By Gem Childe on 18th Apr 2017
The film, by the French actress and filmmaker Mélanie Laurent and the writer, director and activist Cyril Dion, explores climate issues based on a prediction that mankind faces possible extinction before the end of the 21st century.
However, rather than spreading a message of doom and gloom, it highlights concrete solutions to environmental and social challenges in ten countries. The film, one of the top-grossing French documentaries of the last 15 years, won a César Award for Best Documentary Film in 2016.
It was originally released at the opening of COP21 in November 2015 and is being given a US release to mark Earth Day 2017.
This year's event will feature "teach-ins" around the world and a March for Science rally in Washington DC that will bring together scientists and campaigners to demand that global leaders recognise the scientific truths of climate change and other environmental issues.
“We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet,” said Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network. “Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs.”
In 2020, Earth Day will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Two years ago it began a five-year campaign achieve a series of goals by Earth Day 2020 including planting 7.8 billion trees, one for each person on Earth.