How to change the world is an engrossing documentary about the beginning of what is known today as the Greenpeace organization. It started in 1969 when a group of Vancouver hippies went to the Amchitka island in Alaska to stop an underground nuclear detonation. Back then they called themselves the “Don’t make a wave committee”. They did not succeed, but they went back in 1971 to stop an even bigger nuclear test. The archival footage of that detonation is scary. When you treat the earth this way, there surely must be an impact. In 1975 journalist Bob Hunter led an expedition against the Soviet whaling fleet. Once again there are films (some of it never seen before) showing the Russians harpoon and killing whales and they are extremely hard to watch. There was other battles, like the seal hunters and their meeting with French actress Brigitte Bardot. Today, Greenpeace has gone international, to the disapproval of some of the founding members. Others have left to start their own, more radical environmental group. And one is now an outspoken proponent of nuclear energy and skeptical of human responsibilities for climate change. Who would’ve thunk?
How to change the world