Kanopy Spotlight: Explore Nature Films

Did you know that your Livingston Public Library card gives you access to Kanopy? Kanopy is a collection of thousands of movies and films that you can stream and enjoy right from the comfort of your very own home!  

April 22nd marks Earth Day.  In celebration of of our planet, here are a few films from Kanopy centered around nature. 

Wild Flora 

From Kanopy: “Florida is home to beaches, coral reefs, pine forests and the Everglades, but climate change, a growing human population and abandoned exotic pets are threatening this wild paradise. Can Florida’s ecosystems continue to weather the storm?”

Straws: The Impact of Plastic Straws on the Environment

From Kanopy: “A powerful documentary about plastic straws and other forms of plastic pollution that inundate our waterways and oceans. The film illustrates how individuals, groups, and businesses around the globe are reducing plastic straw use through education, collaboration, policy development and utilization of non-plastic alternatives. With colorful opening animation narrated by Oscar winner Tim Robbins, STRAWS is entertaining as well as educational.”

A Squirrel’s Guide to Success 

From Kanopy: “There are almost 300 species of squirrels that can glide through the air, outwit rattlesnakes, and survive the coldest temperatures of any mammal. Uncover their extraordinary abilities as a filmmaker puts their problem solving to the test.”

Nature’s Miniature Miracles 

From Kanopy: “Great things come in small packages. This film tells the epic survival stories of the world’s tiniest animals, from a mini sengi, the “cheetah” of the shrew world, to a small shark that walks on land. For these animals, size doesn’t matter.”

The Last Rhino

From Kanopy: “Sudan is the very last male Northern White Rhino. His amazing story is told through the global cast of people involved in Sudan’s life of 43 years. He was aged 2 when snatched from his mom’s side in Central Africa and became a prized exhibit in a zoo behind the Iron Curtain while the rest of his kind was poached to extinction. Now Sudan is the focus of an 11th hour battle to save his sub-species.”

It Ain’t Easy Being Green 

From Kanopy: “In the U.S. Virgin Islands, green iguanas are dramatically increasing in number and spreading. The situation has left most humans and iguanas scratching their heads about how to get by in the fast-changing island environment. The film engages in a lively debate about when and where animals are welcome, and if it is possible to create environments where it is easier for humans and all species to co-exist. Of great concern is how to protect local agricultural production and at the same time provide a welcoming place for iguanas. Will human-iguana differences and tension prevail? Or can the island’s two and four-legged creatures peacefully co-exist?”

-Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian 

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