Environmental problems are the result of human activity and excessive hunger for money. Industrialization, urban sprawl, pollution, poaching, deforestation are the facets of destructive activity. People must be aware of the factors that daily affect our planet and inevitably lead to a greater disaster when humanity will result in extinction. Since older generations are used to living in the consumerist world, it is rather difficult to change this mindset and stop the destructive human activity.
Children are the future of the planet not only because they are a new generation to continue the life of humanity. Children also have a clear mind; and they are free of prejudice about the world we live in. That is why, it is crucial to educate them in the form relevant for their age and easy to understand. Cartoons are a mix of education and entertainment that allows revealing the dramatic truth and shaping the opinion that our planet cries for help. Here is the list of animated films that have several environmental issues under scrutiny to make a young mind thinking about the future of the Earth.
WALL-E (2008) is the first example of where mindless industrialization could lead the humanity. In the far future, the Earth is nothing but a huge dumpsite with no signs of anything living on it. Little robot finds a young green sprout – the lost hope for humans to return to home planet.
Bambi (1942) is a teary story of a young deer who several times comes across devastating activity of humans. First, hunters kill his mother; later, his home forest goes up in flames. Younger audience learns several lessons on how people neglect the nature when they ‘grind their own axe.’
Over the Hedge (2006) is another story of destruction in the forms of urbanization and deforestation. Animals wake up after hibernation and find out that a great deal of their forest is cut and replaced by a suburban neighborhood secluded by a hedge. In a humorous way, the animals show how wildlife deals with urban sprawl.
Happy Feet (2006) is an amusing story of a penguin with some serious environmental issues behind the plot. On the one hand, human destructive hunger is delivered through overfishing. On the other hand, one character merely chokes being stuck in one of six-pack rings which signifies ocean trash pollution.
FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992) tells the story of the forest where fairies live. They are threatened by loggers being careless about the nature and magical inhabitants. The main hero was one of them, but as he was shrunk to a size of a little fairy. This becomes eye-opening and he does his best to avert the disaster.
Pom Poko (1994) is a rather strange but normal for Asians animated story. Similarly to Over the Hedge, humans destroy forest and build urban area instead. The tanuki, badger-like creatures, have the ability to take any form. They use this to disrupt the distrustful works as they destroy the equipment and interact with citizens.
The Lorax (2012) is another story that sends an alarming message about deforestation. Industrialization takes the lead over the nature and the forest where a strange grumpy creature named Lorax lives. He is strict and determined about what humanity does with his home, forests, and the nature.
The Rescuers Down Under (1990) is a story related to the issue of poaching. Human activity threatens the balance and sustainability of the nature. While the story revolves around a giant golden eagle, the bigger picture of hunting certain species for money is a serious problem raised in this animated film.