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“Our National Parks” offers impressive images

Last week, the United States Supreme Court limited the fight against climate change to the Environmental Protection Agency with the Sackett v. EPA decision.

Therefore, when I saw former President Barack Obama’s documentary “Our National Parks” on Netflix, I thought I would watch it. For me, climate change is the biggest problem facing the whole world today; if we destroy the Earth, we destroy our ability to exist.

I thought “Our National Parks” was a movie. Instead, it’s a five-part documentary series about the world’s most breathtaking national parks and the wildlife that lives there.


My youngest sister’s to-do list includes visiting all 63 national parks in the United States. She is about to visit them all; she gets a pin at each park to signify that she has been there.

“Our National Parks” is narrated by Obama in his new role as a film producer and movie star. The cinematography is impressive. I know photographers use telescopic lenses for close-ups, but I was amazed that the photographers were there to take the photos they took when animals and insects were doing unusual things.

“Our National Parks” introduces us to species and places that most of us never knew existed. Plus, it’s just beautiful. If I was younger, I would explore all the places this series takes you.

The only animal I’ve ever been close to outside of a zoo is a buffalo. At the University of Colorado, my freshman year, we all got to pet Ralphie, a baby buffalo and the school mascot. But tigers, monkeys and sloths are so cute and cuddly that you just want to pick them up and hug them. Maybe not the sloths, they’re covered in fungus! Shit !

Yellowstone was the world’s first national park, and other countries have followed our lead by creating national parks to save their wildlife. According to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, 54,750 species disappear every year. Human-caused climate change is generally believed to be responsible.

The film showed remarkable species from around the world protected in national parks. I didn’t know hippos loved swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. They are natural surfers that weigh 3 tons. You don’t want to be anywhere when you decide to sit down.
Regardless of your political leanings, “Our National Parks” is a wonderful documentary that has absolutely nothing to do with politics – just the world we live in. Watch it on Netflix.