New documentaries follow two figureheads of the environmental movement

“I Am Greta” and “David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet”

I Am Greta” and “David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet” show how fame can both help and hinder activism.

I Am Greta

I Am Greta Documentary

“I Am Greta” is an intimate portrait of a young woman deeply uncomfortable with her fame. Greta Thunberg has Asperger’s syndrome, to which she credits her ability to “laser focus” on the problem of ecological collapse, but which also makes her nervous around anyone outside her family and their beloved pets. ⁠

Some world leaders request meetings with her in front of television cameras; others—such as Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro and Vladimir Putin—deride her as an attention-seeker.⁠

“I Am Greta” will be released on Hulu in America on November 13th.

David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet

Unlike Ms Thunberg, Sir David Attenborough is at ease with leveraging his fame to impart a message. ⁠The 94-year-old declares that “A Life on Our Planet” is his “witness statement” on the devastation of the natural world.⁠

“David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet” is available to stream on Netflix now.⁠

Source: The Economist

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