I watched the film Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret, which uncovers the secret to sustainability and investigates why no one is doing anything about it. In the first sequence, the audience is given a lot of exposition. It includes quotes, interviews, and lots of research.
The first frame of action starts with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. saying that we will remember all that was not said and our lack of action. Then displayed was a clip of an interview with the Executive Director of the Sierra Club. He talks about the environmental implications of pollution, but when asked about animal agriculture being a contributor he claims to not know what the interviewer is talking about.
It goes from serious music and then completely stops when he responds to his animal agriculture question, which definitely grabbed my attention. I became interested and realized that livestock could potentially be a cause of environmental issues, and lead me to think that the Sierra Club is avoiding something and not wanting to tell what it is.
The film is narrated by Kip Anderson who continues the sequence with his story of how he found out about animal agriculture and its negative impact on the environment. He educates the audience about the methane gas produced by animals is far more than the gas produced by all transportation combined. Kip sets it straight by saying that being sustainable by the environmental organizations terms is simply not enough. This set up the film’s train of finding out what actually is the sustainability secret and how can we as a nation can stop climate change.
After the first sequence I became concerned for our country and our world. I learned that animal agriculture is the leading cause of global warming and resource consumption. The most powerful people in charge are staying silent and are not taking action. We are literally killing our planet and no one is doing anything about it. I was distraught watching documentary because how could something so serious just being ignored. It involves the life of our world and these environmental organizations clearly do not care about humanity.
Kip’s story and research sets up the why of the film, which is why these environmental organizations are not acknowledging or admitting to the fact that animal agriculture is the leading cause of environmental changes. The how involves how this has gone unnoticed and how these organizations can turn a blind eye to this devastating truth.
Overall, I would definitely watch this documentary. I believe it was successful in educating me about environmental issues and the motives behind these environmental organizations. I thought the film was well thought out and very powerful with how they displayed the information.