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It's Not Easy Being Green: Five Films About Environmental Heroes


Recommended by Carol, an adult reference librarian at the Canton Public Library.

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A Civil Action

1230341.jpg Based on a true story, this drama revolves around an incident in 1979 in East Woburn, Massachusetts where two drinking wells supplying water to the town were found to be contaminated with industrial solvents. Believing this responsible for the unusually high rate of leukemia deaths among the town's children, some residents bring a lawsuit against the major conglomerates responsible for the pollution. Starring John Travolta, Robert Duvall and William H. Macy. Based on the Book by Jonathan Harr.

Erin Brockovich

1189652.jpg A single mother of three, working as a file clerk in a law office stumbles across some information dealing with a little-known case against Pacific Gas and Electric. Convinced that the facts just dont add up, her research uncovers a cover-up of the industrial poisoning of a city's water supply - threatening the health of the entire community. Based on a true story, the real-life Brockovich helped to coordinate one of the largest class action lawsuits in U.S. history. Starring Julia Roberts and Albert Finney.

Michael Clayton

1432901.jpg The title character is a fixer for a major New York law firm his job is to handle all of the firms dirty work, i.e. finding loopholes for ethically questionable clients. His latest assignment lands him in the middle of a conspiracy when he discovers evidence that documents an agricultural conglomerates release of cancer-causing chemicals into the environment. Starring George Clooney, Tilda Swinton and Tom Wilkinson.

Silent Running

1430345.jpg This film depicts a future in which all plant life on Earth has become extinct. Only a few specimens have been preserved in enormous, greenhouse-like geodesic domes attached to a fleet of space freighters. It is the ultimate goal of this mission to preserve the forests for their eventual return to Earth, and the reforestation of the planet. However, when its caretaker learns that the greenhouse is to be destroyed because the space station is more valuable to man when hauling cargo, he decides to ignore the order and fight to to save the last remaining forests in existence. Starring Bruce Dern.


1249257.jpg Based on the true story of Karen Silkwood who died under suspicious circumstances while investigating alleged radiation contamination at the Oklahoma plutonium plant where she worked. After gathering evidence in a briefcase, employee Silkwood left on November 13, 1974 to meet with a reporter from the New York Times. She never got there. Although the plant was eventually forced to pay her family a huge settlement because of her contamination, the full facts behind her convenient accident have never been discovered. Starring Meryl Streep and Kurt Russell.