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Wall-E, the 2009 Oscar-winner for Best Animated Feature, deserves its golden statue. We cued it up for Earth Day, and were sucked into the orbit of what we can only define as a new genre; part silent-film, part romantic drama, and part ecological apocalypse all wrapped-up in beautiful Pixar animation. When we first meet Wall-E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter- Earth class), a rusty, trash-compacting robot, he spends his solitary days creating skyscraper bricks out of the trash left behind by the humans. One day, a space ship lands, and a sleek droid named Eve (short for Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator) buzzes around Earth, looking for signs of plant life. Lonely Wall-E falls for Eve, and finds a seedling to woo her with, rare and beautiful. Eve's programmed to take any plant life home, and Wall-E chases after her, where they are both delivered to Axiom, the mother ship where humans are living, obese, video-crazed, and utterly complacent. By this time, our kids were thrilled to go along with the rest of the ride, as Wall-E, Eve and a fiesty Captain work together to bring humans back to Earth, ready to clean up their act and their planet.
Since they were inspired by the film to take better care of their planet, getting our kids to visit a traveling art project that calls attention to global warning was a breeze. Each of the 60 larger-than life globes in the spectacular Cool Globes exhibit was created by an artist and carries its own message about saving our planet. We had as much fun as our kids guessing the story each globe had to tell: from adjusting the thermostat and harnessing wind power, to planting trees and buying local, to riding bikes and thinking about solar energy. One globe is collectively decorated with pictures by children from around the world, and another that showcases alternative transportation depicts a polar bear on a bicycle. We loved a globe decorated entirely by seeds and food items, not just because it's one of the most lovely orbs but because it was created by a barista at Starbucks who won a local contest to decorate a globe. Ultimately, the message of these orbs is that we can all do our part, a little bit at a time, to reverse global warning. Our current KOTC list of how to help is listed in City Savvy below.
Our Buttery Bits of Wisdom about Wall-E:
Our Tips for Talking to Kids about Wall-E:
Get a Little Greener for Earth Day by Learning about CoolGlobes
Time Allotment: from now on
Age Recommendation: Everyone
Our Buttery Bits of Wisdom on Little Ways You can Help:
Our City Editors' tips for celebrating Earth Day around the USA: