Review Documentary #Powerplant

Maybe you’ve heard from the new documentary of the Nicolaas G. Pierson foundation, maybe you haven’t yet. Whatever it may be, I’d like to introduce this documentary by a little explanation of what the Nicolaas G. Pierson foundation is.

As can be found on their own website, it is stated that “The Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation is the scientific bureau of the Party for the Animals. The NGPF’s goal is to conduct scientific research and increase public knowledge and awareness of social issues, most particularly with regard to animal welfare, animal rights, sustainability and nature.”

In The Netherlands the democratic parties can support scientific bureaus in order to do research for important topics, such as sustainability in the case of Party for the Animals.

The Nicolaas G. Pierson foundation has released four documentaries before this recent one. #Powerplant is therefore the fifth documentary in a series of documentaries on food, lifestyle choices and sustainability.

My interest in those topics arose after noticing a shift in our dietary pattern. My parents never ate a lot of meat, only three or four times a week. As a child I even did not like meat. But then the years past by and the influence of enormous multinationals as McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken steadily grew. Besides that, our modern society became more and more ill, which made me contemplate. Why are we eating what we’re eating, and how’s the impact on our world.

The truth is very sad: the impact of our dietary choices is insanely big. The meat industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Green house gasses from pigs and cows are causing big environmental problems.

But that’s not the only problem. We are causing animals a lot of harm. Everyone has seen at least one video of the circumstances in the bio industry. No one actually believes this is concerns the majority of animals. I didn’t either. I thought those were exceptions. But they’re not.

In order to change these major problems, we have to change our diet. We have to shift towards a more plant based diet. For the world, because this pollution has to stop, for the animals, because animals are not machines and we have to respect them and for ourselves, because all those hyper processed meat dishes full of antibiotics are not good for us. If you want to know more about these topics, I’d suggest you reading the book “Eating animals” by Jonathan Safran Foer or watching the documentary “Cowspiracy” on Netflix.

These documentations are very useful to help you get informed about these topics.

You might have discovered on my Instagram, that I’ve decided to eat vegan since summer 2018. This was for me the only right decision after informing myself on these topics.

So when I’ve heard from the new release of the Nicolaas G. Pierson foundation and because I’ve seen the previous releases, it was more than logical for me to go to the premiere of #Powerplant in Groningen.

The premiere was on the 10th of March 2019 in Het Paleis, Groningen.

The documentary was different than the ones mentioned before. This because it showed the endless possibilities of plants and how people incorporate them into their lifestyle. New ideas, from chefs with a Michelin star restaurant shifting to a fully vegan menu, to IKEA adding a vegan hotdog to their daily dishes, were highlighted in a film full of positivity.

What I liked most about this documentary is the power to motivate other to make more plant based choices. Sometimes you can feel really down and lost in this world, where everything seems to go wrong. But by shedding light on all the initiatives that make this world a more positive place, I was definitely motivated myself to do something.

As Moby in #Powerplant said:

We have the ability to create a sustainable, ethical and wonderful world.

If you need some motivation to get started, or if you need a pep-talk to keep going, I highly recommend watching this documentary by the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation.

#Powerplant is English spoken and had Dutch subtitles. Besides that, it is free to watch on the official website, which can be found here.

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